Have you ever felt as if you were just going through the motions? As if all your prayers, all your times of worship, all your acts of devotion left you feeling a little flat? Continue reading “Keep At It!”
She shaped the clay and spoke the words
And they hit me hard.
It can’t be true.
“Words have power. Everyone has said something at some time that has hurt someone,” she mused. Continue reading “Every. Single. Word.”
The land of the abundance. The horn of plenty. The cup that runneth over.
That’s life in our culture. We have so much – so much to do, so many opportunities, so many choices. And “it’s ALL good!” Well, maybe not every single thing, but a lot really is…good. But does that mean we need to partake of it all? Or even try? And does more activity mean more fortuity in the long run. Maybe….not. Continue reading “It’s ALL Good…”
Just a gentle reminder (to myself) that we are blessed with more opportunities to serve each day than we will ever fully realize… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. ~ Mother Teresa Why not make a difference in the lives … Continue reading Be kind
Just outside my family room window is a wonderfully fragrant shrub. It blooms in early spring and its potent scent can catch you by surprise when you walk up to my front door. You find yourself Continue reading “Aroma”
A dear friend of mine, recently moved from the gentle, low-lying land of the Tidewater Region to the rugged landscape of the Alleghenies. The words of the Psalmist speak to her in this place, I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from?” Reminding her, “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:1-2 How … Continue reading Mountaintops
A few Fridays a month my daughters and I attend story time at our local library. It’s a brief twenty minute experience that includes a couple of songs, a finger-play, several stories and a craft. But what is really interesting about story time are the people who come.
There’s Shane who brings a bag of Duplos and dumps them on the floor, so he can throw them around while he listens. Continue reading “Storytime”
She journeyed 1,000 miles to visit me in the peak of summer when the tomatoes were ripe and full, butter beans popping their hulls, and corn fresh and sweet. I had learned so much from her as a child – how to use my hands, how to sew, cook, wash a dish and set a table. It was a special treat having her for a … Continue reading Bread
It’s a simple thing. Really. Most nights before we climb the stairs for an evening’s rest we gather together as a family and share our joys. We’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. And most nights the joys are quite demure – chocolate chip pancakes, a game won, a good test grade, a friend to play. I’m thankful for this moment. … Continue reading Rejoice!
Not so long ago, I found myself feeling out of sorts with a new acquaintance. I hadn’t heard from her and the deadline for the event we were working on had come and gone. It was her turn to step into the conversation, but she was silent. My mind began racing with all sorts of ideas about what had gone wrong. But thank goodness the … Continue reading Reach Out