How Sweet the Sound

How Sweet the Sound

The final notes of the hymn reverberated through the church as the congregation took their seats. Hope presided as the chorus replayed through my mind one more time–“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.” I quietly nodded to myself. Mom would be so...
Are You Using Your Time Wisely?

Are You Using Your Time Wisely?

I’m not sure when I first heard it. It could have been when I was a child, or as a teenager, or even as an adult. The timing of when I heard the words does not make a difference, but the phrase and its meaning does. Somewhere along the timeline of my life, I...
August Musings ~ 2020

August Musings ~ 2020

If you had told me that August would fly by this year, I’m not sure I would have believed you. If you had told me that August would bring a taste of fall, I would have laughed. But both things came true and here we are looking at the first day of September....
July Musings ~ 2020

July Musings ~ 2020

Here we are at the end of another month. Time stood still from March to June but feels like it is beginning to move again. The buzzwords that are still circulating sound pretty much the same: new normal, social distancing, wear your mask, COVID-19, a spike in numbers,...
By His Wounds, We are Healed

By His Wounds, We are Healed

It can happen to all of us. Battle scars from a worn-out life. Tear-stained pillows that mark your sleepless nights. Hands lined and gnarled from a life of hard work. A crown of gray, thinning hair where thick, brown hair used to encircle your head. Wounds from...
Living a Psalm 23 Life: God’s Word in Action

Living a Psalm 23 Life: God’s Word in Action

Flashbacks of memories assailed my thoughts as I sat down to write this post. My dad shuffling his feet with his walker slowly scooting before him and his physical therapist walking behind him.My mom “holding court” one Christmas in the T.V. room as family...
The Art of Asking Questions – A Reflection

The Art of Asking Questions – A Reflection

I have a habit of listening to podcasts as I am driving. I rotate through four to five favorite podcasts in my attempt to stay on top of all of them. On this particular day, Emily P. Freeman’s podcast, The Next Right Thing, was next in the lineup. I began...
The Lengthening of Summer Days

The Lengthening of Summer Days

Wake up calls arrive earlier on the cusp of summer days. I roll over hoping that the play of light and shadows will somehow dissipate in the morning haze. Then I remember how much I love the play of light and dark as summer stretches our days into magical forays of...
Have You Ever Lost a Sense of Yourself?

Have You Ever Lost a Sense of Yourself?

If I knew then what I know now, life might look very different. I wrapped myself tightly in an identity based on performance. I could name a half a dozen names that I used to describe myself growing up–student, singer, babysitter, guitar player, sister, and...

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