Scripture Motto

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grief Turned Relief


Seasons come and seasons go and I believe…I’m pretty sure…that I am just about out of my 24-month season of loss and returning to a season of life. Of course, only time will tell.

My upbringing teaches me to “pull up my bootstraps and stand tall,” however, with each loss my strength to pull and stand erect weakened. Depression pulled me further and further into its abyss. And my body followed.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Stalwart Power


Now may the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing
so that you will abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 nasb

The God of hope: Steadfast. Dependable. Unwavering. Resolute. Unshakable.

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