Lenten Thoughts – Solitary

Solitary...it’s not a state of being that I like to think about. It implies that you are alone, isolated, without companions. This state of being - solitary, alone, isolated - is like a dark cloud to me. It weighs on my soul causing me to drag my feet and grasp for love. It reminds me…

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Lenten Thoughts – Mother

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.” (Exodus 20:12) I’ve often thought that this verse meant so much more than just respecting your parents. To me, respecting your parents entails obeying them, listening to their advice, caring for them as…

Lenten Thoughts – Paradise

Paradise...I don’t often think on this concept. I’ve heard some people say that paradise is another word for heaven or is the ultimate place to live. That all things will be good there. That maybe it was like the Garden of Eden before sin entered. Can you imagine Paradise? Is it something that we’ll be…

Lenten Thoughts – Forgiven

“Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:48) Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be face-to-face with Jesus when He said those words? Your sins are forgiven. These words provide freedom from the chains that bind us. Jesus said them to the woman who anointed Him with oil (Luke 7). He said…

Those Days…Be Still

Some days just seem to start out wrong. You know, the ones where you sleep badly or you miss your alarm in the morning and end up running late. Or the days that you happen to be extra forgetful. Or maybe, you spill your coffee on your favorite dress. Or discover that you don't have…

Panic Sets In

Tingles crinkle through my skin making hairs stand at attention straining away from the surface and creating little mole hills all over my arms and back Stomach twists like mountain roads up and down and through a tunnel jumping up to my heart dropping down to my toes my Judas Iscariot stomach Plans blasted away…

When Comes Twenty-One

When comes twenty-one Comes fighting for dreams And finding oneself In the swirling cycles of life   When comes twenty-one Comes stretching of wings And scraping of ego Against  your stubborn will   When comes twenty-one Comes starting at bottom And building sturdy A foundation of success and praise   When comes twenty-one Comes leaving of safety…

It’s Been A While

It's been a while...since I last posted to my blog. Life gets busy, and sometimes I forget that posts don't have to be long and deep. It's been a while...since I've last seen some of my good friends. Friends who make my stomach ache from laughter, who bring joyful tears to my eyes, who hug…

Pressing on…The Road Goes Ever On and On

Join me on a journey? A journey to the mountains? A cross-country trip? Like Bilbo Baggins, "I want to see mountains again!" Can you see them? Their tops hidden in the pinkish fog and the sun peaking through as it rises above them? The closer you get, the bigger you realize they are and how…

Choose Now – The World’s Lies or God’s Truth

Waves of depression settle into your heart. The voices are coming back - speaking lies, voicing doubts, planting seeds of disarray... "You are worthless. Nobody likes you. They think you're ugly and unfashionable. That's why you don't have that 'special someone.' You'll never be as attractive as her. You'll never match his strength. Even that…