Sabbath Offerings ~ Inside World

Sabbath Offerings ~ Inside World

I'm mixing up the order of the Beatitudes just a bit this week because number six fit my Sunday Sabbath Offerings post better. Before we dig into the Beatitude, here are two questions for you. What does your inside world look like right now? How do you align your...

Working Up An Appetite

Working Up An Appetite

Years ago, I went to dinner with a friend at a well-known steakhouse restaurant in town. Walking into the restaurant, the host greeted us and then treated us like royalty. No time was wasted in seating us at a table by the window as our server gave us his full...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Contentment

Sabbath Offerings ~ Contentment

Do you love yourself? When you look in the mirror, do you smile at the person looking back at you? Does life leave you with a feeling of contentment more often than not? I have a beautiful photo from my parents' wedding day that depicts the reflection of my mom...

Five Minute Friday ~ Weak

Five Minute Friday ~ Weak

Sometimes you are lucky enough to find a community that feels just like the place you want to hang out. You know when you visit that it feels like home and once there you don't want to leave. It's the feeling you get when you sit across the table from a friend with...

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Loss has hit me hard the past several years. A piece of my heart broke off when my parents passed away and when my full nest became empty. A job change or retirement adds to the feeling of emptiness that comes with loss. Sometimes you never fully recover the broken...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Beatitudes

Sabbath Offerings ~ Beatitudes

Growing up I sang a song in church that proclaimed the words of the Beatitudes. The words rhythmically flowed as each line began with “Blessed are you”. As I sang the words, peace seemed to enter reassuring me that I somehow could live out these words in my own life....

The Fruit of Hard Work

The Fruit of Hard Work

In a few short months, I am looking at two years of retirement. It might surprise you for me to tell you how, just recently, I entertained the thought of what it was like to work full time. I let the memories of lesson plans, evaluations, testing and day to day...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Favorite

Sabbath Offerings ~ Favorite

I turned off the highway lost in my thoughts about Bible study that evening. As I continued on, I left the comfort of a well-lit four lane road to a two lane road. Darkness emerged and surrounded me. I glanced in my rear view mirror to catch any headlights following...

A Celebration, Joy and the Big Reveal

A Celebration, Joy and the Big Reveal

When I was ten years old, my mom threw me a birthday party complete with games, prizes and cupcakes. To commemorate my first ever party with friends, mom and I spent the weeks leading up to the party planning every detail. I was over the moon with excitement and the...

When You Open Your Heart

When You Open Your Heart

What does the presidential inauguration have to do with opening our hearts? Is your heart writhing in fear over the new president or do you have a sense of peace? A little over a week ago our country welcomed a new president. Many watched the inauguration cheering...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Unbelief

Sabbath Offerings ~ Unbelief

It's first thing in the morning and I've already glanced at Facebook on my phone. I stare in disbelief that it doesn't matter what time of day it is for strong opinions and words to fill my page. My head begins shaking wondering how, why and what, if anything, will...

Five Minute Friday ~ Control

Five Minute Friday ~ Control

Sometimes you are lucky enough to find a community that feels just like the place you want to hang out. You know when you visit that it feels like home and once there you don't want to leave. It's the feeling you get when you sit across the table from a friend with...

Know Your Why

Know Your Why

New Year's Day this year was a typical Cincinnati winter day. Gray skies graced the horizon and cold winds swirled around causing all to zip up their coats in defense. Inside the day carried an air of familiarity as it began with church because it was Sunday. The...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Authenticity

Sabbath Offerings ~ Authenticity

I often say that coffee is one of my love languages. And even though I am teasing (usually) there is truth behind the statement. I look forward to my first cup of coffee each morning. I love the ritual of making it as well as sipping the hot coffee while beginning my...

The Space in the Middle

The Space in the Middle

Winter's milky sunlight weakly made its way through the sliding doors. My spot on the couch, usually bathed in sunlight, felt chilled and distant today. Memories pricked the surface of my mind and reality took over my thoughts and feelings. The milky sunlight matched...

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