Category: Inspiration

Wedding Fail

The groomsmen’s tuxes were too long, too short, too tight.  [They all deserved it, after kidnapping the groom and driving him around in the trunk of a car the night before!] The hairdresser took twice as long as expected. The green flowers were supposed to be white. The white snow meant no-shows. Grandparents showed up…

A Degree in Motherhood

There will be no walking across a stage to receive a diploma. This honorary degree in the field of motherhood was bestowed on me in 1981 (the nine months before my first son was born counts!) and the real lessons began. There was no instruction manual. No class. No teacher. No book that could prepare you for this.…

How Do You “Pray Without Ceasing?”

Jan Johnson, Enjoying the Presence of God, says it this way: “The more we welcome God into our thoughts and conversations, the more we desire His presence everywhere–even in the strenuous mental or physical activity.  We alternate between focusing on God and focusing on a task until they blend together.  Our conversations and actions can become…

Calm in the Chaos–“I Shall Not Be Moved!”

Live Simply.  It’s easier said than done, isn’t it?  My heart is willing, but when life just gets a little complicated, it does get harder to keep it all in perspective: Trying to focus on what I need to do today… It’s not always easy to do on those days when you feel like there aren’t…

Scripture Challenge: Isaiah– “Who Prayed for Rain?”

“It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…” The storms are here, and if I had a garden (which I don’t have for this and other reasons), it would be flooded.  Washed away. Some days I love a good storm.  I can sleep better when it rains, and other than an occasional loud clap of…

The Low-Down on Prayer

Here’s the low-down: Prayer is ESSENTIAL. Here’s what it is not: A token of appreciation. A “go-to” when we’re desperate. A “wish list” of our wants. A poetic gesture with magical consequences. IF IT IS ESSENTIAL, then why does it often feel like an anomaly? anomaly [uh-nom-uh-lee]: “An odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, quality, etc.” [dictionary.com] It…