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
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”?
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
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
I remember as a child waking up one night with the poison ivy on my leg itching like crazy! I crept quietly through the dark to the medicine cabinet where I knew I would find the poison ivy aerosol spray. Still in the dark, I grabbed it and began spraying it on the poison ivy. … Read More Turn on the Light! Mistakes made in the dark
It’s spring! And I’m glad. But suddenly there is so much to do! My husband and I tilled the garden, which, my muscles kicked back the next day, so I didn’t get it planted. Then it began to rain. And rain. And rain. Our region has been hit with flooding. And we personally had three… Read More When Life Overwhelms You
I was thinking about some very difficult trials that I went through about 25 years ago. A short time after my first husband left, suddenly, with maybe a couple of days notice, I was praying fervently using some verses from the Psalms. My prayer from the depths of my heart went something like this: Lord,… Read More A Different Miracle
Movie watchers will know what I’m talking about as will readers of good fiction. You know how you’ll be watching a movie or reading a book, and three different, seemingly unrelated plots are going on at the same time, and the storyteller keeps switching back and forth from one to the other? Then suddenly, all… Read More Expert Storyteller at Work
Lungs are made for breathing air. Astounding discovery, I know! Right? Well, last night I managed to breathe in some chocolate almond milk when I was taking my pills. It’s good stuff! But it wasn’t made to be breathed in. It was not meant to go into the windpipe or the lungs. The result was… Read More Breathing Chocolate Milk? The Lung/Soul Connection
Who is the real you? There’s the you that strangers see. Hopefully, if you are sincere and honest in how you behave in public, this is a part of the real you, the outer layer so to speak. Then there’s the you that your friends see. And depending on which friend you are spending time… Read More Layers of Real