Thoughts of the Heart

Which Hat Are You Wearing?

by Dawn Oaks on January 13, 2015 · 0 comments

The thoughts that I am about to share are not new.  They are not unique.  What are they then and why do I write about them?  It is simply a reminder of a profound truth that is all too easy to forget. There are many hats we wear as we journey through our days.  At […]


Ringing in the New Year on the farm

by Dawn Oaks on December 31, 2014 · 0 comments

As we see the close of 2014 and the breadth of a new year before us, like many of you, we are rejoicing over the blessings of the past year, meditating on lessons learned, and contemplating what the days before us hold. A new year can almost push us into feeling the need to make […]


The Joy of Christmas is A Choice

by Dawn Oaks on December 25, 2014 · 0 comments

Last night as our family drove to meet friends for Christmas Eve services, the rain was coming down and clouds covered the sky.  I imagined trying to follow a great star leading the way to a Babe in the Manger on such a night.  The entire Christmas story began to unfold in my mind.  My […]


Character Before Comfort

by Dawn Oaks on December 2, 2014 · 0 comments

As we chase after Christ, there are times when we have to make the difficult choice to put character before our comfort.  This is not an easy thing to do and to grow into.  It can only be a part of who we are by situations that grow, challenge, and test us.  As children get […]


Family History in a Christmas Tree

by Dawn Oaks on November 30, 2014 · 0 comments

  The other day a friend posted a picture on Facebook of three very special ornaments.  She had purchased them for her three oldest children when they were much younger.  As we began decorating our home for Christmas today, her picture came to mind triggering so many memories and recollections of Christmas’ past. When I […]


A Christian Response to the 9/11 Anniversary

by Dawn Oaks on September 11, 2014 · 0 comments

Like many of you, I can close my eyes and see the images of aircraft being flown directly into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and hearing about American Airlines Flight 93 going down near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  My mind went to so many of my high school classmates whose family members where part of the […]


When Life Just Gets in the Way

by Dawn Oaks on August 25, 2014 · 2 comments

Life just sometimes gets in the way.  You all know what I mean, but when you step back and really think about that statement it almost seems ridiculous.  But we have all been there. We can spend hours planning and strategizing about how life is supposed to be.  As soon as circumstances outside of our […]


The Gift in a Little Brother

by Dawn Oaks on August 3, 2014 · 0 comments

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity ~Proverbs 17:17 Being a mom of two sons has certainly been an eye opening experience, especially as our boys are getting older. Our older son is now in his teens and his younger brother has hit those preteen years. It seems like […]


Romans 8:28 in Real Time

by Dawn Oaks on July 25, 2014 · 0 comments

And we know that all things work together for the good of those that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose ~ Romans 8:28 Last night I sat down to write my review on the book Wounded by God’s People  by Anne Graham Lotz. In order to write that review, I […]


A Mama’s Heart on Easter

by Dawn Oaks on April 20, 2014 · 2 comments

  This morning as I lay in bed, I knew in my head that today was the day to rejoice a Risen Savior, but my heart just wasn’t honestly feeling it. Sadness felt like it was wrapping itself around me rather than overwhelming joy. I missed my Dad, stepmom, and my brothers as we are […]