If you know me, you know I’m slightly obsessed with birds. I’m not sure why so many feathered creatures capture my heart, but they do. I love watching them hop and scamper along our backyard, admire them in flight and am fascinated with bird facts and identification. Earlier this year, swarms of tree swallows surrounded…

If you’re anything like me, most mornings you wake up with quite the array of thoughts coursing through your mind. First, excitement as you remember all the things you are doing, planning and looking forward to in life. Next comes a wave of let-down as you remember all your to-do’s on a list as long…

It was one of those days. I was in my pajamas at noon and there was a knock at the door. I looked around at the clutter and thought, “Good grief, maybe I’ll just pretend I’m not home.” But my four-year old scampered past me and threw the door open wide. There stood my neighbor…

Our kitchen table spills over with color. Crayons, paints, brushes, pencils and scraps of ideas splash and spark. Creation is messy … but it’s so many other things too. Creation is joyous, intense, driven, constant – and divine. The scriptures teach us that God created this world and He created us. He is the ultimate…

I spent much of my youth being afraid. I was afraid of my mom being away. I was afraid of failing. I was afraid of being away from home. I was afraid of trying new things. I would cry all the way to the ski resort when the family went skiing. And I was terrified…

I watched helplessly as she kicked her legs against the hospital gown and tried to cough. Tears were sliding down her cheek. Her eyes were filled with panic and blinked rapidly at the stark hospital lights. I wondered why they couldn’t just let her stay asleep. Why did they have to wake her up to…

Early in my writing career, I had the opportunity to work with a brilliant author and inspirational speaker, Dr. Dennis Waitley. As a mentor to Olympic athletes, Apollo astronauts, and top business executives, Dennis loved the saying, “Believing is seeing.” You read that right; Dr. Waitley insisted that people need to believe before they can…

This summer I have been engaged in a beautiful study of the book of Psalms. These anthem verses written out of the depths of searching souls have been like packets of light and hope calculated for my personal state. There have been many days this summer I have found myself saying, “Oh my goodness, that…

A few nights ago as I laid in bed waiting to fall asleep, my mind was filled with thoughts and a desire to be better. I wanted to be kinder. To be more loving. More patient. To serve more. To just be better. I feel asleep and the next morning my mind was occupied by…

My husband Mike has been rolling out of bed to play early morning basketball for nearly a decade now. It is something he looks forward to—in many ways the highlight of his busy and stressful day. Recently something happened at morning basketball that inspired deep gratitude in me. It was a random act of kindness….

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