I almost didn’t go. After all, why waste the gas? Besides....I’m sick of crying. Who goes to a cemetery on Labor Day, for goodness sake? I’ll admit I was feeling down. I’ve lost some good friends lately. I was alone at home on a family weekend and life seemed...well, unfair. I made myself go. It’s … Continue reading Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant
God had me in mind when I stumbled onto the message. Pastor talked about getting stuck in our painful places of grief, regret, disappointment, hurt, rejection, and loss. He said God did not create us to get stuck. -Raise your hand if you’ve ever been a prisoner to pain. (My hand is up.) Let me … Continue reading Get out of the Graveyard!
When I uncovered these tips from Stephen Ministries, I was blown away. I need to memorize them. Special thanks to http://www.stephenministries.org for this awesome list!
Have you ever felt you’re dangling at the end of your rope? -Have circumstances in life thrown you off balance? Here is a coping list from @typeachecklist 🙂: When you’re dangling at the end of your rope: ✅Hold on to the knot at the end of the rope!✅God is the knot! Come to me, all … Continue reading Dangling at the end of your rope
My Aunt Betty had the tallest swing I’d ever seen in my life. Of course, when I first saw her swing, my life had not been lived more than five years. My swing experience was limited.The swing’s tall iron frame loomed high above Uncle Fred’s garage. I can still see the thick oval chain links … Continue reading Swing
I just returned from New York, the sparkling “Big Apple.” In New York everything is dazzling and over the top. Big. Bright.I saw a lot of lights there. Macy’s dazzled. Ralph Lauren shimmered and Rockefeller Center sparkled.But. Nothing can surpass my Village of Light. Thank you, Little Village, for welcoming me home with a soft … Continue reading Village of LIGHT!
It’s Sunday. I look out my window as a bright fall breeze makes leaves dance, circle and float above the shimmering grass. Down the hill, beyond the golden soybean field is my pond. It’s surface is also dancing with the gentle wind. Today, as I listen to praise music and read Psalm 143, I’m reminded … Continue reading Holy Ground at the Mud Pond
There are moments that can be classified as hopeful...and magical. I’m sitting at my picnic table at dusk. I listen to the birds and the crickets and the frogs. They’re waking up to sing in nightfall. I watch the full moon rising beyond the bare branches of the trees behind the smokehouse. Skeletal arms reach … Continue reading Moonlight HOPE
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thess 15-18 The guy in the car next to me is staring at me. The light hasn’t turned green yet. I realize he’s noticed me talking….yelling really. There’s no one else … Continue reading Monday Moods: Prayer Clean Up
I’m my own biggest joy-robber. I forget I’ve got joy inside me. Joy’s an inside job. It comes, free of charge, when we embrace the awesome love of Jesus. Nothing can take it away. But I forget. Good thing the Joshua Tree reminds me of joy, hope and strength. I’m glad they haven’t changed the … Continue reading Monday Moods: Choose JOY!