Last week I went to a funeral. Now mind you, I’ve been to quite a few funerals in the past 15ish years, but this one was different. This was the funeral of the patriarch of a large family, many of them family friends since my youth. I believe this was the most emotionally painful funeral… Read More Storms of emotional pain
Thursday night my husband and I took part in a wedding rehearsal and the dinner that followed. We are friends of the groom and his mom, and the groom asked my husband to do the lights and sound for them. Everything went well, and at the dinner, the groom held up a Bible that they… Read More Starting off Married Life together on the right foot
Last night as dusk was gathering, I drove into the Walmart parking lot across the street from our local two-year college. My daughter said, “Watch out!” I looked around and saw nothing out of the ordinary, so I slowly continued on my quest to find a parking spot. I thought maybe my daughter just thought… Read More Scripture Prayer #5 + a story
So, today is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection! Happy Resurrection Day aka Happy Easter! A week or so ago, I realized that I still have a certain prominent Christmas decoration out. Don’t judge. It happens. I walk by it every day and don’t even notice that it’s there anymore. When I noticed, I was thinking… Read More A Life Worth Living
“How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!” 1 Kings 10:8 NIV “How blessed your men must be! How blessed these servants of yours must be because they are always stationed in front of you, listening to your wisdom!” 1 Kings 10:8 GW These… Read More Where to find true happiness
I have a member of my family who is a health inspector. I don’t know a whole lot about her job, but I do know that she has to make sure that the places of business she inspects are following the law, and that she pays them a surprise visit. She doesn’t announce her coming.… Read More The Inspector is coming – Surprise!
The other day I took all the dog hair laundry, made a bundle of it, and hurriedly threw it down the basement stairs, almost to the laundry room, and promptly forgot about it because I was too busy with other things. A little later I went down and found that someone had picked it up;… Read More Clean Sanctuaries
This evening I got a bit frustrated with the changes that suddenly happened (again) while I was trying to edit on my wordpress blog. They have developed a new format, and there must be some glitches that have been happening; it’s very discouraging for me because I’m so NOT tech savvy, and tech changes are… Read More What a Glorious Day that will Be
The power of love overcomes class barriers, and both the one showing love and the one being loved are the happier for it.… Read More On “Pride and Prejudice”
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 sitting… 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!