change, Encouragement, Friendships

When You Need a Life Coach

I think we're still asking each other, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Early years of "growing up" turned into "growing up" in marriage and nurturing children then sprouted on to life-ministry, relationships, and work.  Looks like I've been "growing up" for over 50 years now. As our children left the… Continue reading When You Need a Life Coach

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Advent, Christmas, Encouragement

The Center Candle {{Meditations on the Last Day of Advent}}

The last four days for me have felt like living in a cocoon, wrapped with sadness and no energy source inside.  In mechanic's terms, it's been like a car completely out of gas with an engine profusely leaking oil ...leaving one blown engine ...emotionally and physically. But in the late hours of Christmas Eve or… Continue reading The Center Candle {{Meditations on the Last Day of Advent}}

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}

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}

Encouragement, God's Love

When You’re Somewhere Between Your Hope and Your Healing

I got the word  that it's back...thyroid cancer.  Found the little knot on my neck while I was on vacation this summer and the waves were set in motion.  Only this time it's been different. Five years ago I found another lump on my neck to match the one they had been watching  for several… Continue reading When You’re Somewhere Between Your Hope and Your Healing

Following Jesus, Life, Serving Others

How to Choose a Church :: More Confessions from a Pastor’s Wife

I'm pretty sure I love Jesus more than ever before but His kids are driving me crazy.   I can't keep binge watching Gilmore Girls and eating popcorn to escape so I thought I might have an honest conversation with you today. Last week's post about house cats and the church unleashed something in me and… Continue reading How to Choose a Church :: More Confessions from a Pastor’s Wife

Encouragement, Faith, hope

Life Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Grief and loss can gush like water and run for days, weeks, even years --finding routes into the tiniest cracks and crevices of our innermost being.  Sometimes the seed of suffering and loss gets lodged between a rock and a hard place and forces it to crack open until the cracking and the spilling make you… Continue reading Life Between a Rock and a Hard Place