Category: Mind

  • Give peace a chance

    Give peace a chance

    Protesting the war—on ourselves If you’ve been reading us for a while, (or if you’ve read our welcome post) you know the vision behind Inspiring Handmade is found in Philippians 4:8, where the apostle Paul writes, “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if […]

  • A “fowl” lesson for quitters like me

    A “fowl” lesson for quitters like me

    A few years ago my family and I traveled to Costa Rica to visit my wife’s sister, Nancy, where she and her husband, Sean, serve with Cru in Central and South America. It was my first trip south of the U.S., and Costa Rica was full of new sights and sounds. But one familiar sound […]

  • The power of a good book

    The power of a good book

    “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Oscar Wilde The quote above from Oscar Wilde, who was not known for weighty, serious comments, is worth taking seriously. Summer is now in full swing and while it’s become known as the season […]

  • Welcome to Inspiring Handmade

    Welcome to Inspiring Handmade

    We created Inspiring Handmade to celebrate original art and crafts—work on which we can feast our eyes and feed our souls. We’re a group of artists and makers who believe that everyone is creative because we are all made in the image of The Creator of heaven and earth. We all have the spark of […]

  • A New Year

    A New Year

    Picture God at your birthday party singing louder than any of your friends or family. Is that hard to imagine? Welcome to the new year. ‘Tis the season of resolutions. Someone once said, “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” I’m not a fan of making resolutions, […]

  • The Secret to Peace From Philippians 4:8

    The Secret to Peace From Philippians 4:8

    Next time you’re feeling tired, mentally fatigued or overwhelmed, just tell folks you’re hitting a little Fliegerabwehrkanonen. Ah, those wonderfully long German words. Fliegerabwehrkanonen is the word from which we get “flak”— exploding shells fired from anti-aircraft guns. No pilot wants to fly through flak, but we fly through mental flak almost every day. Explosions—not […]