Encouragement, Enjoying God's Presence, Holy Spirit

From Sandy Shores to City Sidewalks ~ Finding Peace in the Moments

Walking barefoot along the sandy shores of a beautiful ocean is one of my  favorite things in all the world to do.  This year I had an unusual gift of being able to do that for 14 plus days in a row.  Life-giving! Finding heart shaped shells and rocks along the way, talking things out… Continue reading From Sandy Shores to City Sidewalks ~ Finding Peace in the Moments

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Encouragement

Longing for a Perfect World

I broke something the other night.  My peace shattered. You see, it seems I notice everything and with that, I'm laser-focused on anything that might be remotely harmful to anyone.  Our grands are coming in next week and a broken glass episode is one of my worst nightmares.  Well, actually, I have several but this… Continue reading Longing for a Perfect World

Encouragement, Faith, Family

The Air Conditioned Life {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge }

This 30-Day Challenge of Finding Life gets a little tricky.  I've made myself accountable to look for life every day and share that here for the 30 days of June-- hopefully encouraging you to look for life in the process.  As I sat down to write tonight, the first (and maybe only) word that initially… Continue reading The Air Conditioned Life {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge }

Encouragement, Following Jesus, Holy Spirit, Life

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 Let’s Say Grace

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, Holy Spirit, Listening to God

Mirrors {A Journey Through the Season of Lent–Week 1}

  "I have seen the end and it ain't pretty." ...words I said to my adult daughters as I watched  anxiety grip my mom  with greater intensity in her latter days.  The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  Sometimes what I see in others becomes the mirror that reveals my own soul and a… Continue reading Mirrors {A Journey Through the Season of Lent–Week 1}