Before You Start Your Lenten Journey

Before You Start Your Lenten Journey

I’ve loved well …sometimes.  I’ve wanted to love well …many times.  I’ve loved …well, I’ve loved the best way any imperfect human being can …imperfectly. But God –my heavenly Father — now He knows how to love.  His love stretches over all my stretch marks  created when life circumstances have pulled me farther than my … Continue reading

A Journey Through the Season of Lent

A Journey Through the Season of Lent

My headache was hellish.  The pain was more than I had ever experienced.  If someone had offered a radical surgical removal of the pain, I think I would have gladly accepted.  The relief-giving medicine never stayed down long enough to do the work it was intended to do.  After watching and listening to me empty … Continue reading

Show Me the Receipt!

While in the checkout line at our neighborhood discount store (that’s code for “Dollar General”), the man behind me asked  how I was doing.  Working hard at being honest and not giving the sometimes polite-but-not-real -“I’m fine” answer, I said,   “I’m doing 0-kay …I always need prayer.”  Putting my off-brand bleach on the counter, … Continue reading

Friendships {What Really Matters}

Friendships {What Really Matters}

A friend and I found ourselves sitting at a funeral home — bearing witness to the life of a dear friend who was gone way before her time.  And how do you hold on to the family and help them bear the burden  of such a great loss when your own heart is broken and … Continue reading

Move

Move

Watching the water move down the creek, my heart is moved to tell you this… The year began with a word — move — with thoughts like these coming to mind…Move forward.  Move toward. Move on. Move over. Get moving. Sometime you hear a word and it takes time to understand the full meaning.  The … Continue reading

Fences

Fences

Long ago and far away this might have happened to you.  If not, you can always just stop and pray for me. 🙂 Offended. What?  Me?  Not since yesterday, right!! The word itself even ticks me off as I tick off the statements or actions throughout my life that have sent me spiraling into an … Continue reading

That Famous After Christmas Question

That Famous After Christmas Question

Before this season ends and the new year begins, I have a little story to tell you… When I was a little girl in elementary school, I vividly remember the question that seemed to come up after every Christmas break …”What did you get for Christmas?”  I hated dreaded that question.  One teacher went so far … Continue reading

When You’re Looking for the “Merry” in Merry Christmas

When You’re Looking for the “Merry” in Merry Christmas

According to Thesaurus.com , “merry” stirs up warm-hot-chocolaty-feelings like  “cheerful, jolly, fun-loving, hilarious” while her bothersome nemesis throws in words like  “depressed, gloomy, sad,” and my  personal favorite,  “unfunny”. 🙂 While most of the world is shouting “Merry Christmas to all,” I often think about  those who are having the not-so-merry-feelings who are hearing a … Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Prayer

A Thanksgiving Prayer

As we come to the end of another Thanksgiving Day … May we count our blessings, naming them one by one…Papas and Nanas, Aunts and Uncles, Mamas and Daddies, children and grandchildren, cousins and second cousins, friends and family, turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy,  pumpkin pie and real whipped cream, coffee and hot … Continue reading

A Change of Heart at the Veterans Memorial

A Change of Heart at the Veterans Memorial

It was the day after my birthday and I found myself starting the day off angry! Angry and frustrated!  Disappointments in life had left me dissing the very atmosphere surrounding me! My attitude was creating a toxic environment that only those wearing a hazmat suit could survive in. Why does someone I love so dearly … Continue reading