Don’t be a slave to happiness

Did anyone else grow up hearing, “Whatever makes you happy,” when you asked any questions regarding what you should do with your life? They’re such well-intentioned, warm and fuzzy words. It sounds wonderful. Freeing. The world is at my fingertips! Of all the jobs I could have, decisions I could make, people I could marry, I get…

When moving furniture teaches you a spiritual lesson

Today we moved Grandma Marge’s cedar chest to the basement. I love that chest—it’s such a special piece of furniture. I remember it sitting at the foot of my grandma’s bed, faithful and sturdy, full of blankets she had crocheted and picked up over the years. It still smells like fresh cedar when you open…