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}

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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, 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

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

Christmas, Encouragement, Faith, Following Jesus

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 Waiting for the Arrival …

Christmas, Encouragement, Enjoying God's Presence, Faith, Family, Jesus, Listening to God

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 When You’re Looking for the “Merry” in Merry Christmas

Encouragement, Following Jesus, Life

Hope Waits

Waiting is not on my list of favorite things to do, especially when suffering is involved !    I'm much more the --  "let's fix it now" kind of person!  Suffering shows up and I want to  run to the closest "Mc-Fix-it" drive through and grab the "happy meal - solution".  The problem  with the… Continue reading Hope Waits