Passion for Pumpkin: Pumpkin Pie Smoothies and Creamy Pumpkin Soup

We a pumpkin-crazy society! Fall nips at the air, we reach for sweaters, and then…bam! We begin to crave pumpkin! We’re out of our gourds for pumpkin—a member of the flowering plant family that also includes cucumbers, melons, squashes, and gourds. Grocery store shelves are stocked with pumpkin spiced coffee, pumpkin corn chips, pumpkin muffins,


Journeying Through Pain to Wisdom

That’s what you do in the last chapter of your life. You try to make peaceful resolutions. You learn there is another way. I’ve been blessed to know the better way. Here is some wisdom from the pages of my life story.


Herbed Garden Vegetable Stew

While gardens and farm stands are running over with produce, try this summer stew. It is chock full of tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant–wrapped in a fragrant bouquet of olive oil, garlic, and herbs.


Not-so-Silly Love Songs

“You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs,” Paul McCartney wrote. We’re still looking for more! Thankfully, God’s message of love is woven into many styles of music. Listen for yourself.


Sweet and Spicy Jicama Slaw

Why dash into the house to steam broccoli or roast potatoes to accompany that meat or fish on your grill? Plenty of summer salads and side dishes start on the grill. This one features crunchy jicama, red cabbage, and sweet pineapple in a light cilantro-lime dressing.


The Unstoppable American Spirit

The news may sound dire. But there is much good in America about which we can sing. As Samuel Francis Smith penned in 1831: “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing!” Join in the patriotic song.


Hope: Gratitude Emerging from Darkness

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude, and what it means to be grateful. And truly, I’m thankful for many things in my life. I extend my attention into the tips of my toes and feel the ground beneath the tread of my worn New Balances. The tingling sensation in my fingertips signals to me that yes, I am in fact alive.


Blessing our Sons and Daughters

All that we desire for our children can be unlocked through faith, with our mouths. Declarations are positive statements, supported in the Bible, that claim Godly outcomes. Here are 10 prayer declarations for your children and the children of the world.