As our family was driving through the beautiful mountains of Tennessee a couple of years ago, we happened upon this sign. It struck me as funny that somebody would embrace their grumpiness so much that they would make a sign introducing themselves as such, so I quickly took a picture of it! In the region… Read More Grumpy or Grace?
This year at the last rally at International Student Convention (as I explained here,) we had an amazing speaker named David Ring. In his words, his journey has been that of cerebral palsy, but his story is: “I am blessed!” The way God has worked in and through his life is amazing! Normally people with CP… Read More David Ring, serving God with Cerebral Palsy
Today I saw a picture of the hands of a potter as he forms a clay vessel on the potter’s wheel. I’ve seen pictures like it before, but today I noticed, especially, the dirtiness of the potter’s hands. Of course, that makes sense that if you are working with clay, you will get your hands… Read More The Potter’s Hands
Balance. What does that mean to you? You might think of a gymnast doing her routine on the balance beam or maybe a skate boarder or surfer. But what about the routine of everyday life? Think of a pencil balancing on the end of your finger. A little too far to the right or to… Read More Serving God “in truth”
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”
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
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!
We usually think of where we live as being a physical place. However, sometimes we can be in that physical place, but our minds are a thousand miles away! We are bodily in that place, but our minds and emotions are in another place and even in another period of time! I think it’s safe… Read More Where Do I Dwell?
The giver is more important than the gift, which is more important than the wrapping paper. … Read More Worship with me #31
I love my mom, perhaps more than ever. My mom has dementia. I’ve talked about it before HERE. I know that her days on this earth are numbered. (Although technically, all of our days are numbered; we just don’t think about it when we are younger.) When I was a child, Mom and I didn’t… Read More Mothering Mother
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
Hi, and welcome to Worship with me! God has given us so much for which to be thankful! I invite you to pray this prayer of thankfulness with me: Thank You, Lord, for daily bearing our burden! You are so good to us! We can be so foolish sometimes, Lord, trying to bear our burdens… Read More Worship with me #20
The Lamppost and the Sapling – A Lesson in Flexibility The wind is blowing hard today – Oh, oh, how it blows! The lamp post rigid, tall and straight Is strong, and that he knows. But inside he groans constantly; As vibrations disrupt his repose. “Oh, oh, I wish this wind would cease!” He grumbles… Read More The Lamppost and the Sapling
In this new place I don’t know anyone. As I walk down the long hallway three ladies laugh. They look at me and are quiet, no hellos and no how are you doing? Their eyes just stare, smiling, through me a look that says I’ve interrupted something. I am an interruption. We all need… Read More How to be accepted
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
I had no idea that there were so many ways to break the tenth commandment. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17 But after observing the… Read More Tenth Commandment – Overcoming Discontent
Words are powerful tools. They can build up or tear down. They can paint a picture of a glorious sunrise or paint a picture of doom. Recently, Satan has been really trying to get at me through the negative, cutting, falsely accusing, slanderous words of certain individuals. And sometimes, I admit, he has been quite… Read More Power of Words
I have a neighbor who gives me a bit of insight into what David felt like being so hated by Saul for no fault of his own. She dumped on me today for the first time in a long time; I normally try to avoid her because nothing good ever comes out of my talking… Read More Saul vs. David — God wins
I can no longer move forward quite like I need to; I guess I’ve forgotten what the Lord and I agreed to, Forgotten the warnings that I should take heed to—- And, oh dear, oh my, what this just might lead to! I don’t always know just what could have caused it, But it’s surely… Read More Arthritis of the Soul
The other day God showed up in a special way. He woke me up early to pray about a huge, complicated set of problems that I needed to walk through with a friend, problems that were too huge and overwhelming for either of us to solve. These problems fell into the category of “Only God… Read More God shows up when we pray