The Kingdom of God on Balsam Lake

Cabin life is fun. I enjoy the grilling while being with family. I like the outdoors and the fire that is always stoked, ready for a conversation. Loveless starts to get warm in July, but even on the first outing to the cabin kids are screaming and splashing and diving and swimming in the chilly…

Pink Worm, Pink Worm, What Do You Fear?

April is National Poetry month. Here’s a poem written to the cadence of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?” written by Bill Martin Jr. It is a lovely children’s book, illustrated by Eric Carle. I wrote this poem, inspired by Martin and Carle, because of the wonder of the circle of life. That…

Gratitude Challenge: Day 3 – Year End Review

Welcome to Day 3 of the Gratitude Challenge! Today we focus a reflection of the past year. As the Thanksgiving celebration draws near, it becomes easier to hear our heart nudge us to review our accomplishments, experiences, relationships, ideas and realities we have encountered. Looking back, what are you grateful for from 2017? Day 3 of the Gratitude…

Gratitude Challenge: Day 2 – Gracias, Merci, Danke

Welcome to Day 2 of the Gratitude Challenge! Today we focus on verbally expressed gratitude. Saying “thank you” out loud is not just good manners for children to learn, but a part of verbally sharing our thankfulness toward another. Imagine a world where you work hard, clean up after others, are civil, hold doors open…

Gratitude Challenge: Day 1 – Snowball Effect

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” -Eckhart Tolle What you need. 1. A clean piece of paper 2. A writing utencil 3. 5 minutes of uninterupted time Spend 5 minutes writing all that you are grateful for. Let thankfulness expand like a snowball headed downhill…