I don’t have it all together. There I said it. My teenage daughter has taken to asking me if I have my keys before she will even close the door of my car, because I have locked the keys in the car more than one or two times. Before we leave to go somewhere she… Read More Having it all together is overrated
On our way to visit family for Thanksgiving, we drive mile after mile, passing hundreds of other vehicles that represent drivers from many walks of life. We pass FedEx trucks – (got to be on time!); the farm truck with hay hanging out the back; utility vans and trucks with ladders; semis hauling goods to… Read More Ruts – Am I stuck?
As we have been watching the news in the last (how many?) months, we have been bombarded with bad news: hurricanes, flooding, fires, murders–the list goes on. And it is so easy to ask ourselves, “Where is God in all of this? And why doesn’t He do something to stop it?” If we don’t allow… Read More The Biggest and Best Portion
When I was younger, Lamentations was NOT my go-to book of the Bible, except for chapter 3:22, 23, the verses that must have inspired the old hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. All the negativity and lamenting and sadness and depression found in this book seemed so overwhelming, and since it has a lot of poetic… Read More Eat Dirt?
Not long ago I was chosen to sing the tenor voice in a duet to be performed with the choir at our church. My duet partner and I practiced our parts separately, each with our own CD, for weeks before we arranged to practice together. On the evening that we met to practice, we decided… Read More The Lord is my “Chauffeur”?
A few months ago, after indulging in some pretty pathetic eating habits over the the last few years, I finally yielded to God’s leading to go on a diet. I’m doing it for Him, but I am benefiting from it as well. I normally stick with a more devotional approach on this blog, but today… Read More Saying “Yes, Lord” to Healthy Eating
Fire! Did that get your attention? No? I’ll try a little louder. Fire!! Did you hear me this time? This is the problem I was having in a dream I had last night. The small house we were staying in was on fire. We had called 911, and everyone was leaving the house. Then I… Read More What to do when There’s Danger
I think this year is the first time that I have seen a baby cardinal. We have had one this July that has learned to fly already. She would swoop up to the bird feeder like a pro, then just sit there and say, “Chip, chip, chip.” For those of you who are bird watchers,… Read More Lessons from a Baby Cardinal
A few years ago we had a drought with temperatures at or above 100° F for 2 months straight. The grass in our field went dormant and did not need to be mowed. During that time, UP came a mulberry tree! In the short, dry lawn! Its roots were all twisted and probably had been… Read More Drought with a Purpose
When my first husband left me and the kids on the mission field, I was devastated. I totally did not see it coming. It was a shock. I felt like I was less than worthless. I was far from home, far from family, alone, but not really alone. I had God. I had my kids.… Read More Secrets of Tomorrow
Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day in America. This morning I was having mixed feelings about it. I was out in the garden pulling weeds. It was nice and quiet at first, with shade from a nearby tree making it pleasant, even though the thermometer said it was 88º F already… Read More Climate Change for the Soul
When my kids were little, we used to spend quite a bit of time watching an animated show called Veggie Tales. In one of the stories, Madame Blueberry learns from a little girl that: “A thankful heart is a happy heart. I’m glad for what I have, that’s an easy place to start.” I can… Read More Gratefulness Brings Joy