Tag: spirituality

The Low-Down on Prayer

HERE IT IS: Prayer is ESSENTIAL. HERE’S WHAT IT’S 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 doesn’t…

I Assure You, I’m “OK”

Am I?  Really?  What does that even mean, anyway?  OK.  I wonder about these things sometimes… What does “OK” even mean?  Why do we use the letters “O” and “K”?  Here’s what Webster says: OK  adverb or adjective \ō-ˈkā, in assenting or agreeing also ˈō-ˌkā\ : fairly good : not very good or very bad : acceptable or…

Life Out of Focus

I’m a photographer wannabe. I’ve never owned a really good camera, so playing around with my iPhone, Adobe Photoshop, Picasa, and iPhone Apps like Instagram and A Beautiful Mess keep me satisfied… for the time being. I’ve considered buying a more complicated camera, but every time I do, I talk myself out of spending the…

Scripture Challenge: 2 SAMUEL — “Not for the Faint of Heart”

Murder, war, adultery, rape, and betrayal.  Sounds like a television show… One that I wouldn’t want to watch because it would probably be rated “R”, yet here I am, reading through the book of 2 Samuel, and I am a bit overwhelmed at the gory details. Most of the time when we study the life…

Scripture Challenge: Numbers

In case you missed the last post and you are following my Scripture Challenge @  https://wateringcanblog.com/2013/05/06/scripture-challenge-a-verse-from-every-book-in-the-bible/ Here’s the verse we are memorizing for the Book of Numbers: If you are trying this with me and haven’t commented yet on the blog page, please let me know–I’ll be printing all the verses out on scripture memory…

Talk about “Coincidence”: Seriously?

I’m struggling. Like many of you, I grieve for the families in Oklahoma and all those connected to them. Life is a woven tapestry of joy and pain and this week has taken me the full gamut of emotions. I am not even remotely convinced that these life events, or any random activity that we are involved…

Pick up a penny…

It was several years ago that I heard a statement that I can never seem to get out of my head and my heart (not that I want to!).  My husband preached a sermon on compassion and had given every family in the congregation a token reminder of this principle: “Every Person Matters” He had…

The Value of the Unlikely

At the risk of sounding like I’m plugging my husband’s book, “Warriors in Hiding”, I HAVE to say that this principle of God using UNLIKELY people has been filling my mind lately. After witnessing the incredible life and death of my sweet father-in-law, I was again reminded that it’s often the humble and unlikely person…