Cultivating Contentment – by Christa Kinde


Did you want to be an artist when you grew up? I know I did. Well, my mother is an artist—for real. She’s a watercolorist, and has opened a gallery in the little Scandinavian town where I grew up—it’s called Countryside Arts. Whenever I go home to visit, Mom shows me all her newest pieces,



I’ve been struggling and growing in the spiritual disciplines of solitude and silence.  And people who know me are probably laughing to themselves right now, because you see, I’m a doer and a talker!  Though I struggle with these disciplines, I do see the value in their practice. Last month, I talked about preparing your

A Word From The Wise


Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. —Proverbs 21:23

Backpack Enthusiasm


We all have experienced a time in our life when we go shopping for a new school year, enjoying the thrill of buying new clothes, shoes, computers, gadgets and other school materials. This year my 4- and 5-year-old children were very enthusiastic about their new backpacks for school. We visited many different stores finding just

Project: Closet by Luci Swindoll


It all started with one of those Martha Stewart books on organization. I was glancing through it, ooohing and ahhhing at her beautifully arranged crafts, drawers, shelves, etc., and in the enlightenment of the moment, I decided to clean out that closet. THAT closet is the one I’ve not touched since I moved in here

With Me in the Future


Continue to reverence the Lord all the time, for surely you have a wonderful future ahead of you. —Proverbs 23:18 TLB As I look back over the seasons of my life, I feel as if I have spent so many years thinking about what it would be like when . . . What will life

My Top Ten List


A good woman is hard to find . . . When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say. —Proverbs 31:10, 26 MSG Sleep researchers tell us that women have from 20 to 50 percent higher incidence of insomnia than men. They say that this is due to our fluctuating levels of estrogen. Women would

The Counsel Within


Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within.— Proverbs 20:5 msg God has put the counsel we need to hear and know within our own hearts. When he made us, he enabled us to store that wise counsel in a very deep, private place

God’s Purposes


The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. — Proverbs 16:9 NRSV I want a reason to get up in the morning. When I ask God for a sense of personal destiny, and then listen carefully, I get a sense of direction. Not always, and not always immediately, but I rely

The Party of Friendship


A friend loves you all the time. — Proverbs 17:17 NCV