Precious ones. We cannot park in this world without being punched by pain. Physical or emotional pain is part of passing through this imperfect place. But, guess what? So is joy in the journey. The big question is: Can we make peace with pain and still experience joy in the journey? My answer is: YUP. … Continue reading Making Peace with Pain …and moving forward
A wise person told me we won’t have much to give if we don’t fill up every once in a while. This is a story of filling. I wasn’t dressed for a snowy walk. I headed to the post office in leaky rubber clogs and an old tattered sweatshirt. No gloves. I grabbed my … Continue reading Fill ‘er Up.
Sorry I’ve missed you the past few weeks. I’ve been absorbed in salvaging. Webster defines salvaging as: The act of saving something extracted (as from rubbish) as valuable or useful. It seems I’ve been doing a lot of salvaging in the last two years. I’ve relied on God to help me find good stuff … Continue reading Salvaging Life
Gardens settle my heart. When I was forced to move, my wise friend and sister told me, “Laurie you need a place to dig in the dirt.” And so began my therapy. It was a hard deadline. Two barns, a garage, a basement, fifteen rooms, forty-plus years of life had to be vacated . … Continue reading Healing Garden
Sometimes I watch mindless comedies. I laugh loud and hard at the jokes. Good thing I’m alone. My guffaws fill the room. “Laugh” is number seven on my Top Ten Tips for Coping. Please embrace laughter in your day. My daughter buddies are quick to laugh. Silliness can saturate their room. Their giggles are … Continue reading Feeling Low? Laugh!
✅ Worried? ✅ Worn out? ✅ Write it down! Write is number six on my Top Ten List for Coping. I write a lot. In 1963 when I was 7, my Grandad handed me a little General Electric notebook. It was a tiny, bound datebook, an early advertising give-away. To me...it was a treasure. I … Continue reading Top Ten Tips on Coping! #6 Write!
I’ve got pretty good vision, but I’ve been having trouble seeing lately. There’s a drape of confusion and pain covering stuff around me and, I have to admit, it’s hard for me to see beyond my loss. God’s patient with me, though. He’ll help me figure it out. God will help you figure … Continue reading Looking Beyond Loss
Sometimes I walk a windswept beach. An orange ball dips. Golden light settles on the horizon. Sunset prize over, other beach walkers move back inside. I’m alone. I walk and let the dark shore cloak me. Peace pulls at my toes. Weary waves sing me home. Sometimes I walk down 21 stairsteps to a mosaic … Continue reading Don’t Worry: Walk!
I will not lose my song. At 65 I can’t remember where I left my keys, but I can remember every word of a Broadway showtune. Since I was little, I loved to sing. I believe singing is a God gift. God gave me a little body and a big mouth - What can I … Continue reading I Will Not Lose My Song
(****This is the second post in my series on How to Cope with Tough Times****) I’m not a dancer but I love to dance. Most of my movements are deemed goofy by my kids. As a matter of fact, for about 20 years, while they were home, I relegated dancing to the basement. … Continue reading When in Doubt…Dance