let mercy draw you near

In this Lenten season, we can be reminded that God‘s goodness is everywhere. If we take the time and look. We can focus on the direness, or we can remember that Jesus came to defeat it all. He’s with us when we arise in the morning, He’s with us as we navigate our days, and... Continue Reading →

power of life and death

Words matter.  Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” It’s worth reminding ourselves over and again: What we say can bring life or can bring death.  If we desire for our world to be better, it’s up to each and every one of... Continue Reading →

be a light

“I can’t smell my coffee” was followed later in the day by, “This ketchup tastes awful!” No, please let it not be so! We’d been lucky enough to avoid COVID this whole year, so why now? Why just days before Christmas, when we’d been planning a beautiful gathering with our family and surprise visitors, our... Continue Reading →

the blink of an eye

It happened in the blink of an eye, the way these things usually do. We were babysitting Brett and Abby's puppy, our grandpup, a rascally, endearing, sixty-pound Sheepdog/Poodle named Berkley. They’re in love with that guy (we are too) and had trouble leaving him for the dog-free overnight they were embarking on. I finally said,... Continue Reading →

not anymore, dear little one

Do you have one loved little one, like me, that’s always screaming for your attention, always interrupting things?  Do you have one that no matter how hard you try and how calm you attempt to make your surroundings, will always squawk just as you’re sitting down to dinner or just as you’re about to get... Continue Reading →

humble and kind

“I love you, mom.” “Hmmm?” (A little louder) “I love you, mom.” “I love you too, honey, so very much.” I’d been deep in thought, listening to the song we were slowly dancing to. (The photo above is he with his new wife, September 14, 2019. Our mother/son dance was immediately prior.) I knew this... Continue Reading →

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