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...

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 was blessed...

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 offered...

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 throughout my...

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 my...

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 my...

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 knowing that I was doing...

Lessons on the Road

Lessons on the Road

There are several favorite parks where I do most of my walking. Once there, I settle in and my feet find the familiar route and I take off. I consistently learn lessons on the road because God meets me where I am. I love the comfortable and familiar. But imagine with...

Monthly Musings ~ April 2019

Monthly Musings ~ April 2019

If you are reading this on the day this post went live, it is the last day of April. If not, it could already be May. Yikes! I don't know about you but time has a way of getting away from me. The saying "April showers bring May flowers" came true around here. We did...

The Sum of Your Fingerprints

The Sum of Your Fingerprints

No two fingerprints are the same. If I laid my hands next to yours and we looked at each detail, we would find incredible beauty and uniqueness. You can identify me by my fingerprints. But God created me as a one-of-a-kind being with multiple layers that define who I...

The Slow Awakening

The Slow Awakening

For the last few weeks, while sitting in my living room, I kept catching a glimpse of red out of the corner of my eye. Bright enough to turn my head, but not quick enough to make out the flash of red. This game of cat and mouse continued for another week before my...

The Beginning and End

The Beginning and End

As I looked toward the horizon, the road ahead looked familiar. I had long since memorized each twist and turn, number of potholes, and unexpected bumps in the road. But on this particular day, the familiar looked strangely unfamiliar and the road stretched before me...

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