A Month of Gratitude

This week has been a lot of fun for me. I created a gratitude garden to help me focus on God’s abundant blessings during the next couple of months until the beginning of Advent. I usually make the week of Thanksgiving my gratitude week, but celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in British Columbia a couple of weeks ago and am so looking forward to American Thanksgiving that I thought: Why not make October and November into a season of gratitude? Perhaps you would like to join me. Continue reading

For Love of Lavender

Here in Seattle summer is in full swing. The kids are wanting to be outdoors and we need to do everything we can to encourage them.  This is is a great season for reflecting on the garden and what it can teach us about God. Where do I encounter God in the garden at this season? is a question that has held my attention this week. Beauty, fragrance, abundance come to mind. Nothing represents these more for me than the lavender currently flourishing in my garden. It is a reflection of God to me. Continue reading

How Bad Is Air Conditioning?

Have you ever wondered what air conditioning has to do with Christian faith?  Its obviously not something that Jesus thought about so why should we get concerned? A couple of years ago I read this fascinating article on conversation at Alternet about whether we can and should live without air conditioning. The article Air Conditioning is Terrible for the Earth – Here’s How To Live Without it which got me thinking about my faith and the unexpected responsibilities it places on me over the summer months. Continue reading

VBS: Let's Teach Children about Jesus Not Entertain Them

I wrote this blog eight years. Hard to believe it was that long ago. The original title was The Happy Mealification of VBS. As I prepared to post this, I reread what I had written. I hope after deepening my relationship with Christ, I am a kinder person. This post comes across pretty snarky, but is full of something else that I am still labeled with all the time...passion. Guilty as charged. I am so grateful that Jesus chose me, as he does all of us! I am humble that he chose me to carry the message of creation care which all of my colleagues do here at EEN. I let the article stand. Recently, I read from a Barna Group report. They just finished a lengthy exploration on Gen Z. In the conclusion section, the report gave a list of recommendations. One of them was, stop entertaining children and start building a Biblical worldview in our children. It resonates with me which is why I didn't edit this peice. The passion for Jesus in our children's hearts remains firm.   Continue reading

Two pictures, two letters, and two charges for Earth Day 2018

As we sink into this season of focusing on creation care, we are honored to share this very thoughtful post from Dr. Lindsay Linsky. Do you find yourself frustrated with the conversation about the environment? I think Lindsay has covered it all. Blessings, Beth Continue reading

10 Eco-Mission Projects for MOPs or Moms Groups

We have loved seeing so many MOPs groups online show their service projects. It’s no surprise that moms are super givers! As women who have had so many blessings and hearts full of love, their care for others is touching and inspiring. If you are looking for some new ways to serve the community or want to change things up a bit, here are some ideas that take care of God’s earth, serve your community and some even include the kids.   Continue reading

Top 10 Things to Prevent Isolation When You have Infants and Toddlers

I was so excited to be able to stay home with my new baby, but I also knew one thing, I am a very social person.  Our modern time is not like earlier generations where you could just walk on your street with the baby in the stroller and see lots of Moms doing the same. I decided that I needed a plan when my first came along. I treated staying home as my job.  I developed a support community just like I had a project at work. After all, God calls us to be in community so I decided to build it. Continue reading

Compost Tumbling towards Caring for God's Creation

Our family has been looking for a meaningful way to care more for God's creation.  Last year we planted milkweed for the Monarch butterflies, but this year we were ready to make a big change.  Being aware of our impact on the environment was a new goal for our family, focusing on the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) in our daily lives, but one area we never felt comfortable to try was composting. Continue reading

Whose land is it anyway?

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. – Isaiah 11:9 We are so blessed. America is an amazing country. The breadth and diversity of our land and coastlines, the abundance of all our natural resources can only be attributed to God’s divine presence as America was created. It is the sin of man that led to the destruction of the cultures that were decimated in that process. Continue reading

Food Waste: No one is perfect, so compost

As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.- Luke 8:15 As we begin our journey on reducing our food waste there is something we should confess up front to each other. No one is perfect. There will still be food waste in your life. My friend, Betsy gave me a mantra that I use every day. Progress not perfection. As Christians, we would say give yourself grace. As women and mothers in particular, there are so many self-imposed hurdles we try to do each day. Be the perfect Mom, be the perfect wife, be the perfect co-worker or stay-at-home-mom, be the perfect girl friend, and the list goes on. Now you are probably saying, “You want me to be the perfect composter?” The answer is no. Continue reading