Hopeful Expectations

The waiting. Oh, the waiting! Dinner seemed to last forever. My cousins and I waited, not so patiently I might add, as our parent’s finished dinner on Christmas. This was a tradition that I remember well; or as I’d like to recall it, a punishment. We would scarf down our plates of food in a matter…

Imperfect Prayers

The moments that change your life are subtle. A phone call. A driver glancing at a cell phone. A routine check-up at the doctor’s office. In the blink of an eye what was a normal and mundane day can turn into chaos. What do you do when this happens? Who do you reach out to…

Redemptive Value

Northern India. Not a place that comes to mind often, if at all. My world view is small. Sure I watch the news and read the stories of the crisis that arise around the globe; but it’s not my immediate world. Today though, my view was widened just a bit. In fact, just yesterday I…

#winning

I did it. I’m a winner, today. When my alarm went off at 6:30 this morning, I only hit snooze once. Downed a healthy shake for breakfast. Dropped off my daughter at school on time! Headed over to walk a couple of miles with my mom, remembered to mail a package off to my sister…

What to Wear?

That new job. The first day of school. Meeting new people.  What is the first thing we usually think about? What am I going to wear?! How do I want to present myself? Do I want to be uber trendy, relaxed, maybe full on prom attire?! We I, stress about what to wear often. As a pastor’s wife…

Shameless Prayer

When I was in elementary school my very good friend attended the same church as my family. Just about every Sunday after church we began to plot. Whose house did we want to spend the afternoon at; hers or mine? Once we decided we’d go find one of our moms. To bug. Some days they…

Fix Your Focus

About 15 years ago I was sitting at my desk at work staring at my computer screen and something happened. I began to notice, almost over night, that I had to blink several times to adjust my eyes. To refocus them. There was no warning it just seemed to happen, all of a sudden. Reading…

Burden of Love

It is estimated that the average weight a Marine carries during combat is 97 to 135 pounds. Day in, day out. Packing and repacking gear and necessities. Due to the weight many of these servicemen and women are injured and even diagnosed with conditions that usually plague the elderly. They are running, maneuvering and diving…

SALT

There are few food items that I can’t live without. Coffee, that’s a given. Then there’s popcorn, lemons, fish and steamed veggies. Odd list, I know, but these are a few of my favorite things (did you hear Julie Andrews too?) Each of these foods to me are tasty on their own. I enjoy them…

Magic Mirror

There is a little word that levels the playing field of life. Men and women alike struggle with it. It boosts a $400 billion industry. For some it consumes their time, money and mind. It is no respecter of social class, financial rank or title holder. What is this word you ask? Self-esteem. It’s like…

Make Yourself At Home

 As my breath puffs out in front of me I hurry up to my kitchen door. I already know what to expect when I open the door but it’s a joy each time. The warmth spills out as I step into my kitchen, greeted by the scent of vanilla and cranberries. The tall tree that…

Grateful for Grief

We are just shy of 1 year. Broken pipes, no heat, no ceiling and no sanity. Okay, there was a tiny bit of sanity left but after a year long house overhaul there wasn’t much. In conversation with those who have done this home remodel stuff before their knowing looks are all the same. They…