A while back my teenage son and I made liver and onions together. We used the cast iron skillet on top of the stove to cook it in. After the food was very much all gone, I scraped the pan and gave the scrapings to our always-begging-to-be-fed beagle/terrier mix, Lilly. Then I left the pan… Read More More Doggie Lessons
One super, freezing cold morning, a number of years ago,when everybody else was staying indoors as much as possible, I put on double, triple and even quadruple layers of warm, winter clothing and went for a walk around the track at the local college. Needless to say, I was the only one walking the… Read More God’s “Just-Because” Surprises
Accusing and debasing words only have power over us if we let them. I reject those labels and accusations.
They are not helpful for the furthering of the kingdom of God.… Read More Rejecting Labels
The room was small and dimly lit. One bare bulb hung above the door reflecting off the white walls. I had come to this place surrounded by fields of grain, in the middle of nowhere, during the daylight hours, but night had fallen, and with it, a thick, inky, impenetrable black darkness under a moonless… Read More Safe in Him
Yesterday, as I was driving in moderate traffic, I saw a sight that God is using to help anchor me in spite of an interior struggle. As I drove by a lake, I noticed a blue heron standing in the water at the edge, presumably fishing. It was just so peaceful, like a snapshot of… Read More Finding Peace
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