Welcome to 2021! How can we prepare to tackle this year’s challenges ? Give thanks!According to an article in positivepsychology.com, when we express gratitude, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions. These neurotransmitters make us feel good and enhance our mood immediately. In other words, when we practice gratitude, we’ll feel … Continue reading Happy Grateful New Year!
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
My Sunday hike by the flooding Mississippi got me thinking. We all experience floods in our lives: unexpected situations which sweep through our lives, uprooting routine and confusing our plans. Sometimes all we can do is hold on, tread water... and pray. We can be flooded with fear, flooded with pain, even flooded with joy. … Continue reading Tips to Deal With Life’s Floods
Get it together in 2019, Type A Lady! (AKA - Laurie, the forgetful 62 year old) This new year, I want to tackle each day like a warrior maiden! Laurie is ready for adventure! … Continue reading Fearless
Pandemonium. Protruding pipes. Pulled wires. Projects. Plans go awry. Problems permeate. Precarious positions cause personalities to plummet. Persons plead so planes are patronized. Life has been, of late....peculiar. I find myself planning, planting, pushing projects or packing to protect a precious person. This makes for a proliferation of “Ps” in my life. This, … Continue reading Life Isn’t Always Picture Perfect: A lesson in “P”
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
My dearest readers, I've missed you for the last couple of weeks. I can sum up my absence in one word: Life. Life isn't perfect and neither are we. Life includes trips to emergency rooms, problems, challenges, work, play, chores , delays, deadlines (which I sometimes miss) and heartache. Life calls us to muddle through … Continue reading The Imperfect Path to Perfect Places