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May 27 and 28, 1843 - "Helen, struggling with her piano lesson"

Saturday.27. th May. 1843.
A cold rain set in before day.break.
It will be very acceptable to farmers and the country.
The morning bell rings more punctually than usual, but my eyes to not open with more readiness. 261 more words


Joensuu Lutheran Church

During my trip to Joensuu, I walked over to Joensuu Lutheran Church.  I had heard how beautiful it was.  This was my second attempt at getting inside – where the real beauty is.  116 more words


Summer's Dilemma: Church or Family?

Last day of school!!!

Ours is today; I bet yours is soon or you’ve already had it.  The official start to summer is here.  Summer vacation means sleeping in, sunny days, water sports, sandy beaches, campfires, parades, and plenty of time with family and friends. 1,188 more words

Family Ministry

The Big Christian Secret (That Isn't So Secret)

The Big Christian Secret is that every Christian in history has run into doubts about God. The doubt that He exists. Even the “best Christians” get lost in the hallway. 176 more words


Carpet Lover

Spending Freeze

Now at ease

Balmy breeze

King trouble

Queen peace

Those years back

Same sun

Same Son

Same mind

Same family

Do it to me—truth or dare? 229 more words


The Strength You Never Knew You Had.

Photo from Noel Shiveley

I know that not everything has a happily-ever-after. We do hurt, a lot. There are lifelong battles and unconquerable defeats and irreversible losses. 144 more words


Tell Me Something

Tell me something

Something of summer

Something to remember

Backseat dreamer never

Ready for the future

Over those bangs came

Those fangs, truth dug

Into me, but no one to share it with… 193 more words