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  • let mercy draw you near

    March 11, 2021 by

    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… Read more

  • power of life and death

    January 21, 2021 by

    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… Read more

  • be a light

    December 31, 2020 by

    “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… Read more

  • the blink of an eye

    October 1, 2020 by

    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,… Read more

  • not anymore, dear little one

    September 24, 2020 by

    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… Read more

  • humble and kind

    September 14, 2020 by

    “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… Read more

  • may his face shine upon you

    June 25, 2020 by

    Numbers 6 : 24 – 26 ESV   The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Dear moms and dads, This blessing was first spoken from God to Moses. The… Read more

  • status quo or no?

    April 24, 2020 by

    Has this pandemic shook up your life or are you still flying high above the clouds? Do you ever feel that God’s trying to get your attention, or are you shutting your mind down to that possibility, the way you may have done in the past? Do you want to maintain the status quo of… Read more

  • find their way

    April 9, 2020 by

    Just turn on the power and everything is all set, she told me. You don’t need to change a thing – I have it on the correct setting and volume, she told me. If it’s not turned on, she said, he won’t sleep and will be distracted by the children playing outside. I was babysitting… Read more

  • joy unspeakable joy

    April 1, 2020 by

    She gave me a wry grin and shook her head. “Is that getting old?” I asked. “Yes,” she said, but her laughter told me she (sorta) liked my little comedy routine. Now that my daughter and husband (and most of us) are doing school and work at home, I say, “Drive safe!” and “See you… Read more

  • an ever-present help in times of trouble

    March 21, 2020 by

    My first overriding emotion was embarrassment. When I heard one say to the other, “It was a domestic dispute,” I felt the blood rush to my face. The emotion following immediately behind was anger. “No! You don’t understand. My dad has a brain tumor. He’d never hurt us or our mom!”  The kind paramedics looked… Read more

  • let there be peace on earth

    January 31, 2020 by

    If I believed a defense of temporary insanity was a bunch of hogwash before that moment, I now knew differently.  I truly did lose my mind. The roads were terribly icy, and snow was coming down.  I was dismayed that they weren’t given a snow day, but was taking the twenty-five minute drive to my… Read more

  • little eyes

    October 27, 2019 by

    Matthew 18:6 “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.” My eyes can’t unsee it. The video looked innocent enough … one… Read more

  • we’ve gotcha

    September 17, 2019 by

    The stout and stern, dark-haired judge scared the living heck out of us. She fired one question after another and the sweat beaded on Craig’s head. The kind translator had warned us ahead of time not to look at herself, but to look only at the judge, when it was time for the translator to… Read more

  • revelations from a road trip

    August 22, 2019 by

    “Did you leave yet?” I frantically asked. “Please don’t go, we’ve been robbed!” The minute we saw that our window had been smashed and our car broken into, I called our son, who was in another vehicle with our daughter, his wife and mother and father in-law, leaving from the same parking lot. It was… Read more

  • the essence of big love

    June 28, 2019 by

    The risk of loving big is that big goodbyes can wreck you. If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve experienced it. The reverberating pain of saying goodbye to someone you love dearly. I’ve been to more funerals than I can count. My beloved father passed away when I was a teen, and three more people I… Read more

  • ineffable

    June 7, 2019 by

    My worst fear had been realized. When I heard his feet hit the floor and his bedroom door open, I knew I didn’t have time to move or hide. I was caught. “Hey!” he said. “What are you doing?” “I’m just looking for something I dropped earlier,” I whispered (and lied). He was practically sleep-walking… Read more

  • build a bridge

    May 2, 2019 by

    Trying to wing the toast at my son’s wedding last May was a horrible idea. Once I had the microphone and looked out at that historic, lakefront ballroom full of cherished family and friends, I felt an uncomfortable lump forming in my throat. When I turned to address the bride and groom, the swelling mysteriously… Read more

  • one single word

    April 16, 2019 by

    What was going on? Yes, they lost the game and I knew he was extremely disappointed, but this sophomore in high school and quarterback of the football team was not one to cry in public. I was working the concession stand, selling snacks and laughing with other parents and the abundance of those that always… Read more

  • the true you

    January 26, 2019 by

    I sat poolside in this Mexican resort town and noticed a tingling clearness in my head and my breathing start to slow down and get deeper. It felt like a watch that had been ticking too fast, suddenly being reset to the correct tempo – an invisible rebooting of my soul. I recently heard the… Read more

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