Do you ever feel like you signed up for a race, perhaps even a marathon, and someone decided to set up hurdles and high jumps on the track? That’s what I’ve been feeling like the last couple of years. There are numerous hurdles that have been placed in front of me, some of them by… Read More Hurdles in the Race of Life
Today I am happy. It’s been a great Thanksgiving weekend! After so many months of struggle and waiting for answered prayers, feeling like I’m drowning in a sea of impossible problems, the Lord has graciously opened the curtain just a little bit to let in some light and whisper a little bit of how He… Read More God is in the Process of Answering Prayer
We adopted our dog as an already 11 year old whose prior owner could no longer take care of her. This came with perks – she is already potty trained! Yay! 😊 She also doesn’t chew on things, and she is quick to obey. However, she also had apparently received some not-so-desirable training. She seems… Read More Doggie Lessons on Thankfulness
My oldest daughter was 9 when her father abandoned us. For many people, being abandoned by their father has a tendency to drive them away from faith in God. My daughter had already believed on Jesus in a little-child sort of way. Her faith could have been shattered. I’ll let you her tell you in… Read More From Abandoned to Accepted
“All the days of the afflicted are bad, BUT a cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15. NASB (emphasis mine) A sweet, petite, elderly lady in our church lost her husband about a month-and-a-half ago. She was understandably very sad. But very soon afterwards, she decided that she was going to be an encourager… Read More Finding Joy Even in the Hard Times
Have you ever noticed how a little variety in life keeps things, even routines, from getting boring? Sometimes even meal planning can get so routine that we get tired of eating the same thing again and again. The other day my daughter and I were driving to the store to get candy for our church’s… Read More Mix It Up!
Everybody who has experienced grief grieves in a different way. There is no one-size-fits-all grief plan, “How to Grieve 101”. When I became a single parent of three, the grief was intense. But I had to push through and start a new life in a new (yet not-so-new) place. I remember, on occasion, wiping tears… Read More Slow Grief
A few weeks ago I finally went out to the apple tree in our back yard and picked and knocked down the rest of the apples. I had not been able to get to them because of the tyranny of the urgent that caring for my mom had brought in addition to all my other… Read More Rotten to the Core?
You know that feeling when you’re really tired, but it’s a good tired because there was joy in the journey? That’s kind of how I feel tonight. But it’s not because I had a trouble-free day. Rather, it is because I felt the Presence of the Lord God with me all day, helping me and… Read More When God’s Presence is Evident
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve always thought of dog lovers as being the type of people who love to be with dogs, who snuggle with dogs, and some who even want to have lots of dogs. But I’ve discovered that there’s a different kind of dog lover. We have a dog because my… Read More Dog Lovers
“I never thought things would turn out this way. I would have never in a million years imagined myself in this crummy job,” thought the jailer of the Philippian prison. “Every day I work in filth with mean, nasty people, and there’s nothing I can do about it. And, if I don’t do my job… Read More Jailer’s musings
Today I closed a chapter of my life and opened another. It may not seem all that important to some, but to me it did strange things to my emotions. I didn’t even sleep well in anticipation of the big change. I mean, am I the only one alive that is sad to say goodbye… Read More New Chapters of Life
Today an old, unwelcome acquaintance came to visit and brought along some of his unwelcome buddies. I’m going to call them self-pity, hurt feelings, rejection, lies, slow burn, unforgiveness, blindness, and unthankfulness. They all ganged up on me after I spent some time with a large group of people, most of whom made me feel… Read More Overcoming self-pity, hurt feelings, and rejection
A few years ago we had a gift exchange “game” at a Christmas party I attended. Each person drew a number, and starting at number 1, they picked a gift from the gift table or from someone who had already opened a gift that they wanted. If they took someone else’s gift, the other person… Read More How to Recognize & Overcome Prejudice
How important is your life or mine? That’s a question people have been asking for a long time. Our family just explored this question recently by watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” again. But a few weeks before that I had made the following observations: The Harvest is long since over. The fields lie brown and… Read More On death and life
As we drove down the straight, two-lane highway in northeast Colorado…. I wish I could say that we saw the majestic snow-capped mountains in the distance and describe the lush colors that surrounded us, but that’s just not the case! Northeast Colorado is a high-altitude plain, and when the end of November comes, there isn’t… Read More Finding God
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”?