Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I’m still here…

This is less about following my website/blog theme of being challenging, encouraging, and inspiring  to Live Out Loud for Jesus, and more to let you know that I’m still here.

So much has happened in my life over the past few months, that writing anything has been difficult (death of two loved ones in a week, children & grandchildren came for a fabulous family vacation, and the start of our relocation).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quiet Places


A comfy chair in my bedroom, away from the stack of dishes waiting to be washed


At a dirty wooden park picnic table with birds singing, leaves rustling, a breeze flipping my Bible pages


On a log along the trail in the valley or the mountaintop swatting flies and mosquitoes away from my face


In a tent with a flickering Coleman lantern swaying in the night breeze


At a crowded restaurant where wait-staff rush by my table with clanging dishes on their tray


In a parking garage with cars pulling into spaces, doors slamming, drivers talking on cell phones

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

39 years of wedded bliss…well, almost

I would never claim that every day or every year of our marriage has been blissful. We have had powerful arguments, slammed doors (house and car), and thrown regretful words…including the word divorce.

“Love the Lord God with all your heart and mind and strength…” 
Matthew 22:37

“Love one another as I have loved you…” John 13:34

“God is love…” 1 John 4:8

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

After the storm...

The sun is shining. The birds are singing. Blue sky dotted with billowy white clouds. The first of my storm clouds have passed with less threatening ones on the horizon. Bittersweet peace protects my heart and mind as I survey the aftermath.

Much has happened in the past month. Much of my anxious waiting has passed with it.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Eye-opening, Veil-lifting, Faith-reviving



Last week, after reading only the introduction from a book received free for my Kindle, my day began with the most positive, joyful, hopeful heart I’ve had in a year or more.

I was excited to continue reading and I was not disappointed. Chapter one opened my eyes, lifted the veil, and revived my faith. Confession of sin and remorse rose from within.