Once upon a time, most Americans grew their own herbs, vegetables and flowers. Nowadays, not so much. Isn’t it easier to just go to Wal Mart and bypass all that trouble? That’s what I believed for a long time, but about 10 years ago, I got my hands in the dirt to garden for the first time. […]
Half of the people who know Dwight & I can’t imagine us partying, drunk or high. The other half can’t imagine us involved in church, reading the Bible or praying. There are lots of stories like ours — of lives and marriages transformed by God’s grace — and they should all be told. I’m not […]
Two years ago, I sat in a therapist’s office in the greatest distress I could imagine. Where are You, Lord? If You love me, why would You allow me to suffer like this? I had always been distrustful of the mental health-care system, yet there I was, desperate for whatever help I could get. Our insurance […]
The word “fresh” brings so many good things to mind … I’m a morning person, so a fresh new day is at the top of my “favorite things” list. It’s quiet and filled with opportunity. It hasn’t been fouled up with trouble and failures just yet. Ahhh, fresh new mercies, that’s what I’m talkin’ bout. My feel-good, hope-filled […]
This is my first time getting on board with the idea of choosing one word to focus on for the new year. What to choose??? First, it was helpful to look back at the past few years to sum them up with some descriptive words, to bring a sense of continuity.
What went wrong for you this past week? Did anything break down? Maybe a vehicle? A much needed appliance? A career opportunity? A relationship? Your health? It’s kinda annoying when someone reminds us that these things are a part of life. “Thank you Einstein.” We know this, right!? It’s particularly bothersome when it comes from […]
“Get well soon.” That’s what we say to our loved ones who are ill or recovering from an accident. Why don’t we say, “Get well right now“? Probably because it’s clear to us that when our bodies are injured through an accident or attacked by a virus, cancer, another person – that healing will be […]
Who am I? Where am I? …those are just a couple of the questions that you’d find me asking God in my personal journal, after some circumstances left me dealing with a pile of emotional wreckage that sunk me into the depths of depression.
This morning I woke up with more feelings of the downward drag than usual. Negative thoughts criss-crossed my mind, performing exactly as they’re designed to, to take me down emotionally & spiritually. I ran down the list of physical things that could have me feeling more vulnerable… couple of clues there. Fears of every sort […]