June Musings ~ 2019

June Musings ~ 2019

For years, June has been my favorite month. It signals so many of my favorite things – the end of the school year, beginning of summer, the first firefly, longer days and shorter nights, and so much more. This year is no exception. I am still waiting on the...
Gratitude Isn’t Always Easy

Gratitude Isn’t Always Easy

My eyes complete a three-hundred-sixty-degree sweep of my surroundings. There is beauty in every direction. The horizon reveals endless water and on the other side, a strip of sand stands guard as the water inches its way toward it. Green vegetation rises among the...
The Threshold of Receiving + Giveaway

The Threshold of Receiving + Giveaway

I stand on the threshold with arms open wide. The first words out of my mouth are “welcome home.” My son, daughter-in-law, grandson, and their dog enter into my embrace. Not all at once, but one by one. There is no place like home and several weeks ago I...
A Look Back ~ One Year Anniversary

A Look Back ~ One Year Anniversary

A year ago, I faced a decision that required much processing and prayers before coming to a conclusion. The offer was flattering, humbling to know someone believed in me, and surprising that God laid my name on the asker’s heart. Jennifer Dukes Lee graciously...
Lights Out: When Fear is Like a Switch

Lights Out: When Fear is Like a Switch

“Lights out”, the voice drifted up the stairs. Inwardly, I hoped for one more page or even one more chapter. At the same time, the nightly sick feeling gathered in my chest at the thought of turning the lights out. A healthy dose of fear began its ascent...
The Promise

The Promise

Do you remember the childhood secrets you promised to keep? The secret was sealed with a pinky swear, and that’s all it took. Or when just keeping your word was good enough? In eighth grade, my best girlfriends promised not to reveal a surprise slumber party for...
First Impression Specialist ~ Featured Writer

First Impression Specialist ~ Featured Writer

Photo by Roy Davis It is always such a pleasure to introduce you to a new featured writer each month and today is no exception. Joan Davis, writes at Hope Secure. She and I met through a group called The Consilium and led several groups together for the members of...
The Person in the Mirror

The Person in the Mirror

I woke up and walked into the bathroom just like every morning. One wall is flanked with a large mirror and I can’t help but catch my reflection as I walk by. The first look in the morning is not my favorite, but on this particular morning a new awareness filled...
What If …

What If …

What if … I read a book, take a walk, sing a song, update my status, write a book, hold my grandson, teach, or just dream of what is next? Or instead of dreaming, I begin supposing all the worst case scenarios? Have you ever done that before? In the dreaming and...
Today is Your Day

Today is Your Day

There is nothing like a “thank you.” Whether the words are spoken or written, this simple acknowledgment goes a long way in making my day. The first time I heard the words “thank you” from my sons, it left me speechless. The sweet blessing of...

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