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Why am I writing?

I yearn for Home (i.e. Heaven.)

Until I get there, I cherish the things that point that way: enduring friendships, laughter, good books, and my husband’s love – and all things cozy: handmade quilts, a cup of tea …

That’s why I started writing this blog – to have a place for conversation and resources that will point us toward Home …

               … and nurture us until we get there.

Without sounding too heavy, I want to you know what motivates me to write. We do well if our interactions with one another entice us into a deeper spiritual life – making our ultimate Home more real than ever.  We must pursue environments that will inform our minds, enlarge our hearts, and engage our hands so that Heaven – and the God who prepares that place for us – is familiar to us.

As we move toward the time we will reach our ultimate home, we need spiritual nourishment. My conviction is that a great deal of the most nutritious spiritual food necessary for heart transformation and soul renewal has been left on high scholarly shelves, out of the reach of the average person. Christians cannot bear up under the weight of their call to bring a sample of our heavenly Home to this earth if our spiritual hunger is addressed with sweet treats and dietary substitutes.  That nourishing, hearty fare must be brought down to a family table so that all of us can have access to those tasty morsels. It’s my hope that we will enjoy the “meat of the Word” as we gather here.

That way, our conversations, as well as our studying, teaching, and mentoring, will be intentional – with an ear to the questions from the present culture and the answers from Scripture.

To that end, I invite you to join me in some intentional conversations. Let’s visit – make yourself at home …

From Valley of Vision:

May thy people be refreshed, melted, convicted, comforted,

and help me to use the strongest arguments

drawn from Christ’s incarnation and sufferings,

that men might be made holy.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2010 8:32 pm

    It is so good to know I can talk to Becky Dietz again and have a cup of hot tea with her as I write. Yes her wonderful husband that told me, I was heartless really. Well he is a man that taught me tough love and I am grateful for that. Love Deb,

  2. Danielle (Brunzell) Dalton permalink
    June 22, 2010 11:17 pm

    Gracious me! [administrator edit] Becky Dietz has a blog. Great to see you here.

    • June 23, 2010 6:21 pm

      So good to connect with you again, Danielle! The first part of your story was sweet …What is God using to teach you more of Himself?

  3. Anne Spell permalink
    July 17, 2010 9:27 pm

    Love to see you (and hear you) as I read your insightful lessons.
    Thank you.

    • July 18, 2010 11:02 pm

      Your encouragement is very precious to me, Anne. Someday soon I’m hoping that we can have some “real time” conversation! Hugs to you and yours.

  4. Pamela Herndon permalink
    January 12, 2011 8:17 pm


    Thank you for those words of encouragement. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is sometimes to only get the “theological” version of Heaven. I crave someone that I can relate to on a spiritual level that doesn’t judge me for not comprehending those “big” theological words. You’re timing on this blog is a definite answer to prayer. Thank you!

    • January 13, 2011 7:14 pm

      I share your frustration! God obviously wants us to know Him and know these rich truths. God repeatedly demonstrated who He is throughout Biblical history and went to great lengths to display who He is. Something is wacky when this spiritual food is kept on the shelf out of the reach of the very people He intended to be strengthened by it! We have got to be better at climbing up there, disentangling it and spreading it on the table for the whole family to feast on! I am absolutely delighted that this has been helpful to you!
      No judging here – just soaking up the fun of good questions and the joyful quest for good answers. Please keep praying that the Lord will enlighten the eyes of my heart to give me insight and understanding. As He does that, I will pass it on. And I’d love to hear what He is showing you, too.

  5. Sandra Turner permalink
    September 10, 2012 12:31 pm

    Thank you again for your encouragement and compassion in our conversation on Saturday. You both have touched my heart and helped me to ‘name’ some things that had hurt me deeper than I had thought. Leaving them behind is wonderful! I will continue to wait for my door to be opened and to praise Him in the hallway while I wait.

    Thank you again!

    • September 11, 2012 12:59 pm

      So good to hear from you that God is at work doing His redemptive, restorative work! Naming and gathering up the difficult realities is heavy work – work which can only be done well as we respond to His Spirit’s comforting, convicting voice. But, when we lay those fully named, fully gathered realities at His feet for disposal —– FREEDOM! What a joy to learn that God is doing such a work in you! Know that I prayed for you this morning – that your wait will be filled with reminders that He is completing what He began. The Harvest will come and it will be worth the wait!

  6. August 19, 2013 7:58 am

    Love your blog and as soon as I was directed to your page, I was immediately refreshed! Thanks for that, as it was really needed 🙂 Many blessings and I look forward to many more visits reading your posts.

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