Encouragement, Faith, God's Love, Jesus, Life

Do Not Fear {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge }

I thought having babies was pretty courageous.  Four times I went into surgery for Cesarean deliveries.  I would do it all over again for the lives of our children that were birthed.  No regrets.  Life was birthed. Since our children are all grown up now, I  thought life would settle down a bit.  Turns out,… Continue reading Do Not Fear {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge }

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Easter, Encouragement, Faith, Following Jesus, God's Love, Jesus, Lent

Dying Breath { A Journey Through the Season of Lent }

I semi-slept in the recliner near my mom's bed--not knowing it would be her last night on planet earth.   When my children were little, I often teased that a mama sleeps with one eye open ...one eye on the baby and one eye on sleep. Life had made a U-turn.  It was time for… Continue reading Dying Breath { A Journey Through the Season of Lent }

Easter, Encouragement, Faith, God's Love, Jesus, Lent

Bankrupt …{A Journey Through the Season of Lent ~ Week 6}

Who knew it could happen to us?  Seriously!  Weren't we  following God's lead  to sell our home in a beautiful, rural setting in Connecticut -- a landscape of lakes and rivers, with the sound of ocean waves  crashing on a rocky coastline within an hour's drive -- to move into an under-resourced, poor neighborhood in… Continue reading Bankrupt …{A Journey Through the Season of Lent ~ Week 6}

Easter, God's Love, Jesus

God Forsaken …{Guest Post in the Journey Through the Season of Lent ~ Week 5}

  When I first started this journey through the season of Lent, I told ask my husband, Roger,  to consider writing a guest post during this series.  Thankfully, he has a way with words and agreed!  His words have weight because I know him well and his heart and character  speak the same language whether… Continue reading God Forsaken …{Guest Post in the Journey Through the Season of Lent ~ Week 5}

Easter, Encouragement, Following Jesus, Lent, Listening to God

Perception … { Readers Respond and Other Thoughts Along the Lenten Journey }

I'm learning to pay attention to my surroundings as I walk it out with Jesus.  Flowers ...acorns ...heart-shaped objects ...texture of rock, pavement or soil ...light ...shadows ...patterns ...birds ...the way the sunlight filters in across the floor.  I'm learning to listen to the sounds around me ...the  birds singing ...the way the "rocks rattle"… Continue reading Perception … { Readers Respond and Other Thoughts Along the Lenten Journey }

Easter, Encouragement, Jesus, Lent, Life

Surrender … { A Journey Through the Season of Lent ~ Week 4 }

It's been hard to start writing this week ...partly because it seemed almost impossible to pick one theme to focus on when the daily reading  this week  spoke so powerfully; but partly because the anxious thoughts spoke so powerfully as well -- so powerfully that it was soul-overwhelming at times. Thyroid issues, menopause,  deep grief,  empty… Continue reading Surrender … { A Journey Through the Season of Lent ~ Week 4 }

Easter, Encouragement, Following Jesus

Give Way { A Journey Through the Season of Lent ~ Week 2 }

It came out of my mouth half  jokingly --"This Lenten season is going to be the death of me!"  And maybe that's exactly what it's supposed to be.  Maybe that's what Paul, a man ironically chained for the gospel of Jesus, meant when he freely expressed these words through the power of the Holy Spirit… Continue reading Give Way { A Journey Through the Season of Lent ~ Week 2 }