Tagged with hope

Waiting for the Arrival …

Waiting for the Arrival …

It’s December 3rd and the season of waiting has begun. I’m not waiting for Christmas to arrive or Santa in his sleigh with 8 reindeer and a red nose leading the way.  I’m not waiting for presents under the tree …3 French hens, 2 turtle doves or even a partridge in a pear tree. Truth … Continue reading

Led Into the Wilderness…

Led Into the Wilderness…

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.” (from Matthew 4 NLT) “Led by the Spirit into the wilderness…”  Why on earth would the Holy Spirit lead Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by … Continue reading

Unwanted

Unwanted

Unwanted.  Set aside.  Abandoned.   Words no one ever wants to hear or experience.  Agonizing.  Painful. Maybe you’ve listened to a friend as she shared these heart-wrenching words about a spouse, “He didn’t want me anymore.”  Maybe you’ve  been a shoulder to cry on as you comforted someone whose long-time friend abandoned the relationship.  Maybe this … Continue reading

A Dance of Love and a Diamond Ring

A Dance of Love and a Diamond Ring

This is a glimpse into a love story that began before time itself.  A love so deep and so wide that I think it will take the rest of my life to tell it all. Today’s story begins with a dance of love from reflections one morning on Damon Pond in Massachusetts,  August 16, 2017 … Continue reading

Finding Life { A 30-Day Challenge for June 2017 }

Finding Life { A 30-Day Challenge for June 2017 }

It seems to be a season of anniversaries.  May ushered in the anniversary of  a life-giving moment  and June holds several  place-cards for  significant life-moments for me as well. It’s a mix of life and loss.  Life always is. June 9th will resurface the memory –one year ago– that I watched my mama take her last … Continue reading

Let’s Say Grace

Let’s Say Grace

I’m not sure how it started –“Let’s say grace”–but most of us know what it means. Can’t  you  see your family and friends gathered around a table …bowls and  platters heaped with delicious food  …the smell of home-cooked-goodness filling the air …all calling you to come and eat!?! Saying “grace” brings everyone  to a place for pause. … Continue reading

When the War Has Been Won But the Battle Still Rages

“Christ overcame death as the last enemy. …To live in the light of resurrection — that is what Easter means.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Bread and Wine~Readings for Lent and Easter) It’s pouring rain here in Alabama.  The gutters are overflowing as the clouds continue to leak from their saturated condition.  I’m sitting in Mama’s chair listening … 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

Listening in the Middle of the Storm

Listening in the Middle of the Storm

  You might be interested to know  …what I write here is really speaking truth to myself as much anybody else!  As the Holy Spirit speaks into my own questions, doubts, weaknesses, confusion, and disappointments–I often write it out in my journal so I can get it …soak it in …believe it …trust Jesus through it … Continue reading