My un-Bucket List

My un-Bucket List

Dear Friends, Each time I introduce you to a featured writer, I get goosebumps from the words you are about to read. I am blessed to know and share this space with many I call friends but also those I only know online, who are writers who want to encourage and point...

Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink

My brother sat across from me with only a table separating us. The kitchen echoed with silence. All you could hear was the inhale and exhale of our breath with an air of intensity around us. All I remember is the challenge words that my brother said a minute earlier....

What is Your “Now” Moment?

What is Your “Now” Moment?

I shuffled down the driveway dragging my garbage can behind me. My thoughts centered on myself and to be honest the voice in my head was not very flattering. I couldn't wait to hole up inside with my feet up on the couch. That was the plan until I lifted my eyes off...

I Am Your Lighthouse

I Am Your Lighthouse

The intimacy of God is real. He declares, "I am your lighthouse and my light shines through the darkness in an endless pursuit of love. God Pursues You Fifty plus years has shown me how God relentlessly pursues me. Over and over, He draws me back into His embrace....

How to Learn from an Arctic Tern

How to Learn from an Arctic Tern

I went looking for a falcated duck but found a bigger treasure in a lesson learned from an arctic tern. People Over Ducks I pulled off the road and joined the line of cars huddled around the edge of a marshy area. According to my intel, someone had seen the rare...

Tender Affection

Tender Affection

My arms were designed to hold little ones. The gentle curve, warmth and soft embrace are a perfect fit. It's God's way of creating a space reserved for love. When I draw little ones close, it feels like an act of pure tenderness. The fresh scent of baby hands and feet...

If You Knew Me When …

If You Knew Me When …

If you knew me when I was ... Growing up, you would see me seated in between my parents and brothers every Sunday in church. My family occupied the same pew give or take one in front or in back every week. We learned at an early age that church manners were expected....

Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

A rainy and cool month of June, plus a hotter and more humid July have given me the summertime blues. All the rain and now the heat have affected this girl's love for walking outdoors. My summer rhythm looks more like participating in indoor activities instead of my...

Tell His Story: A Story of God’s Faithfulness

Tell His Story: A Story of God’s Faithfulness

God has been so gracious to provide opportunities in my writing life to meet other writers in real life. Dr. Michelle Bengtson is one of those people I met when we both attended the same writing conference. Her warmth and encouraging spirit is always present and her...

A Safe Place to Land

A Safe Place to Land

Three years ago, I finished a conversation with my son and daughter-in-law with these words, "Come home"! Struggling with a decision that took them miles away from home and then learning that the opportunity looked nothing like they imagined, left me with only one...

Taste and See

Taste and See

There is a saying that tells us a person eats with their eyes first. The visual presentation allows the person on the receiving end to soak in what they are about to experience. Picture a buffet laden with all of your favorite foods. The sight alone leaves you...

Freedom

Freedom

The last of the crowd wandered back to their cars. Red, white, and blue streamers, pinwheels, stickers, and flags looked a little bedraggled as the festivities ended for the day. Tired toddlers hung onto their parents' hands as they were half carried, half-dragged to...

Unanswered Prayer

Unanswered Prayer

I'm a podcast junkie. I listen while I'm in the car or out walking, and find satisfaction in learning new ideas or remembering things I already know. As I was listening to Annie Downs' podcast, That Sounds Fun, her guest said these words: "I didn't get the prayer I...

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 first...

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...

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