Thoughts of the Heart

A True Picture of Community

by Dawn Oaks on December 4, 2016 · 3 comments

Earlier this afternoon, a farmer from a mile down the road came up our way to share that one of his calves had gotten out.  Unless you are a farm family, you may not understand or appreciate what that may mean.  It might be a cherished pet, but more than likely it might be the […]


Traveling Back

by Dawn Oaks on October 24, 2016 · 4 comments

Coming back to writing has been a long time in getting here.  It hasn’t been a lack of things to write about, but so many different detours and side roads in life that it has honestly left me searching. Searching for directions.  Searching for answers.  Searching to make sense of all of the thoughts and […]


When Counting Your Blessings is Hard

by Dawn Oaks on June 26, 2016 · 4 comments

I was sitting in church this morning and was hit with a memory as if it was something that happened just yesterday.  In actuality, it was really 10 1/2 years ago. Our youngest had been involved in a accident that caused part of one of his fingers to be amputated.  It was a surreal moment […]


Farmers are a season ahead, but God is in Today

by Dawn Oaks on August 26, 2015 · 2 comments

These days seem to be marked with struggles to live in the present.  As our oldest recently left for college, there were so many moments when I found my mind drifting back to the past.  Moments of her learning to walk, teaching her to read just before bed as we poured over Charlotte’s Web, and […]


Invisible in Christ

by Dawn Oaks on August 2, 2015 · 0 comments

Our culture today is very much focused on our personal rights.  In just watching my newsfeed on Facebook or through regular media channels, we see the fight over our rights related to health care issues, what constitutes legal marriage, the right to life versus the right to choose, educational choices and parental rights, and even […]


Over the weekend, we got word that a traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial would be at the KY Horsepark not far from our home.  We made an impromptu decision to make a trip down on Saturday evening and are so glad we did. It was just before dusk when we arrived.  Flags were lining […]


Marriage is a Choice, Not a Feeling

by Dawn Oaks on April 24, 2015 · 0 comments

It never ceases to amaze me that when you talk to many young people about marriage, their first response is about the wedding.  There is always so much excited and anticipation of an approaching wedding day.  Handsome men in tuxedos, the bride in her flowing white gown, beautiful flowers adorning the surroundings, and melodious music […]


During my devotional time this morning, I began meditating on the passage in Luke 22 where the Lord gives instructions to his disciples about preparing for the Passover.  Keeping the Passover was integral to who Christ is.  In actuality, He would forever become the Passover Lamb on our behalf. As He was directing His disciples […]


The Significance of Palm Sunday

by Dawn Oaks on March 29, 2015 · 0 comments

So many things about our faith seem to be getting labelled as “out dated”.  In a culture filled with busyness and so many competing interests for our time, it is so easy to just check things off the list and forget why we do what we do. In looking at our own family calendar, the […]


Reaching the Grieving Heart with Hymns

by Dawn Oaks on March 1, 2015 · 0 comments

I received word this week from a friend that her mom passed away quickly and unexpectedly.  In the midst of all the logistics of getting home and helping her father, her heart is hurting.  She is grieving!  It is in the moments of grief that words seem to be so inadequate.  The person that is […]