Advent, Christmas, Encouragement

Preparing for Peace {Meditations on the Second Sunday of Advent}

We lit the second Advent candle today ...the Bethlehem Candle.  It lights the way in preparing for the arrival ...the arrival of the Holy house guest -- the Savior, Jesus Christ. Mary and Joseph had very little to call their own as they traveled to Bethlehem.  The law required them to make their way to… Continue reading Preparing for Peace {Meditations on the Second Sunday of Advent}

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Advent, Encouragement, hope

Lighting the Candle of Hope {Meditations on the First Sunday of Advent}

In a world spinning with busy, I find calm in simple traditions that bring pause ...breath ...hush ...wonder.  The season of Advent -- those precious weeks leading up to the day we celebrate the arrival of the Savior ...the One we've been longing for ...waiting for ...hoping for. Taking this time to stop, reflect and… Continue reading Lighting the Candle of Hope {Meditations on the First Sunday of Advent}

Books I'm Reading, Encouragement

How to Be a Moon and Reflect God’s Light When You’re Partly Wrong

Pardon me, but I'm over-the-moon-excited to share this post with you today.  I may be partly wrong, but I think I have the best family in all the world.  Okay, okay ...enough with the puns but I couldn't help myself. One of my favorite things in all the world is to network.  My friend says… Continue reading How to Be a Moon and Reflect God’s Light When You’re Partly Wrong

Encouragement, Jesus

Sunday Mornings

It's another Sunday and it still  feels weird.  My church family decided to change our weekly meeting time to Wednesday nights.  Sunday mornings are now free. At first I welcomed the rest.  The truth is, I had become "church exhausted" from so many emotional losses experienced this past year but I realized there is now a… Continue reading Sunday Mornings

Encouragement, Listening to God

A Bump in the Road {Frustrations in the Middle}

I think I hit a bump in the road this week. The journey continues.  The road seems long.  The end is ...well, I'm not sure!  Heaven--sure; but earth ...that's another story.  Earth bound trains leave me in frustrated stations.  Destinations unknown. It seems people continue to be mean and ornery and don't do what I… Continue reading A Bump in the Road {Frustrations in the Middle}

Encouragement, Faith, Listening to God

Some Thoughts from the Morning of Surgery

They told me to arrive by 8:30 a.m. with surgery scheduled to follow around 10:30.  No food or drink after midnight as if it might be your last good meal!  No morning coffee...ughhhh.  Sticky note reminder on the counter.  Medicine restrictions a week before and three weeks after surgery. Typically, as soon as my feet… Continue reading Some Thoughts from the Morning of Surgery

Encouragement, hope

Miracles in the Middle

I'm beginning to believe I'm part wimp / part warrior. Sitting in the oncologist's office last week,  I confessed my full-on fear of the radioactive iodine treatment commonly used to treat thyroid cancer patients.  In the same breath, I confidently proclaimed I'd be happy to stand up in front of a thousand people and tell… Continue reading Miracles in the Middle