What We Forfeit on the Fence

...they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”‬‬Mark 11:33 CSB Jesus and His disciples have travelled to Jerusalem for Passover — the very Passover where He is destined to fulfill His role as the Lamb of God. The Triumphal Entry…

Look UP!

I’ve been thinking about virtue lately.  The dictionary defines virtue as “behaviour showing high moral standards.”  Virtue isn’t about knowing; it’s about doing.  James understood this connection between knowing and doing when he asked, “Who among you is wise and understanding?” (James 3:13) He goes on to say that a person’s wisdom should be shown by his good…

The Chugging of My Brain Train

I read an interesting blog post this week that a friend shared on Facebook. It was about whether or not everybody experiences the phenomenon of the internal monologue. It seems most people are able to hear the sound of their voice in their heads and, indeed, have silent conversations with themselves. But a smaller percentage…

From The Velveteen Rabbit to the Pre-Raphaelites

In just a few months I'm heading to England's beautiful Lake District for a home educator's conference. Yes, I'll be staying in Ambleside. I know. I know. What more could a Charlotte Mason mom ask for?! I am getting super excited! To prepare, I've been steeping myself in English poetry, reading biographies of Wordsworth and…

From My Commonplace…

Another gem from The Parish Papers by George MacDonald (plus a little rambling on my personal worship experience)...   In this scene, the main character (Vicar Walton) is having a conversation with the blacksmith, who happens to hail from a slightly different Christian tradition... "And then when the excitement goes off, there is no seed left in…