February 22, 2019

It will be an unremarkable day until the phone rings.

You will forever remember where you were when the call comes and

Devastation marches in behind the words that are spoken.

You will forget what it felt like to be you before the call

The freedom of not knowing...

November 23, 2018

Biscuits and gravy. It's the day after Thanksgiving; my mom just cracked open a can of biscuits and placed them an inch apart on the cookie sheet like she always has. Sausage is already browning in the skillet and there is bacon in the oven. (My childhood home is two m...

October 11, 2018

On the first afternoon of a weekend retreat I attended in September, surrounded by mountains and the golden aspens of early fall in Colorado, one of the leaders prayed that "something essential" would happen to each of us over the weekend.

As a collector of perfect...

August 27, 2018

Homesickness is not reserved solely for a place we used to live. We can be homesick for the entire life we used to live; a life that surely had its share of worries and anxieties and difficulty, but, like childbirth the second or third time, that former pain has been c...

August 14, 2018

Enough. I'm calling it now.

My husband has spent much of this year asking me why I'm always mad at him, my daughter's far-too-wise boyfriend just called me out on my fear-based thinking, and I had myself convinced that both my mom and my eye doctor did not call me like...

January 8, 2018

When I sat down with my Bible and brand-new journal last week to ask God what we were up to this year, the word I got was "SEEK." I went to the concordance in the back of my Bible and found all the verses that contained the word, and the words of Psalm 105:4 resonated...

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”   

Colossians 3:23, NIV

It has been more than four years since I got the phone calls—two in less than a day—letting me know that the callings I had so readily embraced and...

March 13, 2017

I've been feeling overly busy and quite frazzled lately. This simple breathing exercise was conceived after breaking my favorite pasta bowl when I was moving too quickly around the kitchen trying to simultaneously unload groceries and empty the dishwasher....

January 23, 2017

Have we talked lately? If so, I guarantee I interrupted you. I stink at listening. I've been an avid talker my whole life, but never much good at listening. My ego is definitely part of the problem. Even if I claim to want to be a life-long learner and acknowledge that...

November 27, 2016

My first 45 years have been blessed by some strong and lovely grandmothers.  Not only did they have fabulous names like Ferol (rhymes with pearl), Louise, and Bernadine, but they were examples of fortitude, honest beauty and class that is too-seldom sought by women tod...

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triumph or success over adversity or an enemy in a battle or war

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Rising Strong

You Can Do This

Lighthouse Beach




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