Grocery lines to phone lines

"I'm going to head out now, so I can get there when they open and get on home." I mention this on my way out the door, to my husband, already in "telecommute" mode of this first day of our self-quarantine. Me? I was on a mission. Bleach. Birthday cards. Stamps. Come into contact with…

Forgive them Father

Make allowances for each other's faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, The Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 Did you know that forgiveness is the highest form of mercy and love? It is also one of the hardest things to do. When we forgive someone that hurt us, we often…

Life goes on. So will I.

I remember back in the early 90’s a family sitcom called “Life Goes On.” The show chronicled the life of a family dealing with the challenges of raising and supporting a family member with Down’s syndrome. A sister who had to learn to accept her brother, while trying to be accepted by her peers. Navigating…

He is protecting me

"But who is protecting us?" That was the question I asked. After I had once again felt victim to someone's cruel behavior. A kid, in fact. Discouraged once again that I had spent a number of years (and countless tears) devoting my time, talent, and energy to being light and love in the midst of…

The One who stays…

Give up. Left. Let go. Abandoned. These are the things that may swim around in our hearts and heads when we choose to relinquish control of a situation. When we choose to let our children, despite our prudent advice, follow their own path. When we choose to untie the strings that bind us to a…

This is my song

"Wow, how I have missed this." It's the comment made on a live Facebook recording our worship pastor posted from her piano, in her home, on a snowy morning. We had all missed church that morning, thanks to the several inches of snow that had fallen in our Virginia town, but we were still enjoying…

Peace with everyone

Do all that you can to live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 For years I have tried to determine the best way to read, reflect, and write what God has spoken to me as I sit with Him each day. There has been quite a learning curve along the way. Many a planner bought.…

It’s lonely out here…

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "In ministry, I have found that our own thoughts can be quite dangerous. We start second-guessing what we should have done, what should have been said, what could have been changed, or why we did one thing…

But with God…it’s all OK

Summer has for the past several years been a time for renewal. It has been a time to focus on relaxing, self-care, and spending time setting long forgotten priorities back into balance. For the past two years the beginning of summer has not began in a mode of peace, and I have had to really…

When prayers turn to screams

I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted to heaven, but my soul was not comforted. Psalm 77:1-2 There are times when life is seamless. When all the chips…