Good Friday

Good Friday - An Old Rugged Cross

When I was a kid, I took piano lessons in school, even though I didn’t have a piano at home.  You can imagine how great my practice sessions were without a piano. One Christmas, I somehow talked my grandparents into buying an electric piano for me to practice on. Don’t you just love how grandparents […]

Walking in The Rain

When Going Means Walking in The Rain - a faith story

This story first appeared one year and one day ago on Flower Patch FarmGirl’s blog, one of my very favorite blogs.   I was her guest and I wrote my story in a tone that would fit the style of her blog.  So while it may not sound like me writing, it most certainly is […]

How I Nearly Killed A Missionary

God's Got My Bakc - The Story about How I Almost Killed a Missionary

Did I ever tell you about the time I poisoned a missionary? No? Funny how some things just slip my mind. Till this day, I don’t feel bad about it.  He was pretty merciless with me.  Picked on me constantly, even though he and his sweet family were staying in our house, the Maine house. […]

Give with Abandon

Give with abandon from a heart filled with thanks @thedomesticfringe.com. Find out how you can change your world.

I’m one of those people who plow through life stuck in my own little world.  Without a doubt, there will be one who says it’s not true, it can’t be.  Sadly it is.  Each day I walk by people I never see. Too often I’m consumed with the thirty things going on in my head.  […]

Once Portugal Bound, Now America Bound

Michael & Nina Andrzejewski

I am 50% Portuguese, the child of a Portugal born truck driver.  My dad came to America when he was a teenager, old enough to retain an accent and thoroughly confuse American sayings.  On occasion he’d slip from English into Portuguese all in the same sentence, Ricky Riccardo style. He drove a milk truck and a limousine.  I truly […]

Love is An Action Word

Love is An Action Word @ The Domestic Fringe

Tonight my daughter told me that her friend is going to be evicted from her home.  This girl’s parents don’t have the money for their apartment anymore.  If they can’t find someplace to go, they are going to send this little girl to live with her grandfather in Tennessee. Then my daughter asked if she […]

Amazing Grace

Last night was a sad night at church. When tragedy strikes in a small group, it’s different from when you have a thousand or even a hundred people.  It’s all-consuming.  It demands attention, not only from a few, but from all. Saturday night, a young mama fed and rocked her infant and then that little […]

Morality vs. Righteousness

Morality vs. True Righteousness - The clear difference shown from a Biblical perspective

Today I am going to attempt to show the difference between morality and righteousness. Why, you ask? Well, I did this exercise as part of a lesson in the Bible study Chase by Jennie Allen. She asked what the difference is between morality and true righteousness. I’ll be honest with you.  I don’t wake up […]

Give it to God. What does that really mean?

Christian Cliches: What does it mean to "Give it to God"?

    We church people love cliches. It’s true.  We’ve got our own vernacular going and when you decide you want in, we are happy to teach you our lingo. I’m pretty much convinced we say some things and don’t even really know what they mean.  True story. Today we’re going to pick apart something […]

Living with Open Hands

Love fiercely but loosely. Don't hang on too tight.

    This world – these words and family and fun times – I’ve been hanging on too tight. I say “We only have this one chance, this one life.” I don’t want to waste it, to do too little, experience less than I could, but really, it’s only a drop in the bucket, as […]

I’m Flower Patch Farmgirl’s Guest

park bench Domestic Fringe

Please don’t faint on me, but I am a guest over at Shannan’s place, Flower Patch Farmgirl. I’m writing something completely different, sharing a part of my story I don’t normally talk about on my blog. I have a hard time seeing the boundaries and knowing what is good to write and what is better […]

31 Days of Living by Faith, Day 31 – Running The Race

school track - running - 31 days of living by faith

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us; Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the […]

31 Days of Living by Faith, Day 30 – Saving Faith

31 Days of Living by Faith - Man with coffee

Today I have a very special guest, my husband. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video.  It is his story of saving faith. Here’s the good news. Jesus died for you and me and everybody else in this world.  Salvation from sin, reconciliation with God, is for everyone.  You don’t […]

31 Days of Living by Faith, Day 28 – Faith in Grief

ferree

Ferree Hardy has unique ministry.  She works with, loves on, encourages, helps, and prays for widows – some young, some middle aged, and some older. She writes a blog called Widow’s Christian Place.  I encourage you to go visit her blog and then pass along the information to any widows you may know.  I have […]

31 Days of Living by Faith, Day 27 – Bringing God Glory

fall foliage, pumpkin, corn stalks

I was hesitant to begin writing 31 Days of Living by Faith. It wasn’t just writing for 31 days, although I’ve never posted to this blog for 31 straight days, it was a combination of fears.   I would have to bare my soul before an entire world of blog readers.  My stories could be […]