Each new morning, I center myself in God as I walk, pray and ponder. I return home feeling strong and peaceful, refreshed for the day ahead. But in recent months, as the day goes on, the worrisome news keeps coming, and my body and mind begin to grow weary, this peace often gives way to… Continue reading Cairns for Our Journey (Introduction)
Our youth group, leaders, and I were preparing a meal to serve our congregation before a Lenten worship service, and I had invited my unique friend Beth* to join us. As our group was happily and busily working, Beth walked into the dining area where people were gathering. There, Beth had one of her moments.… Continue reading Five Minute Friday: Loud
On this particular morning I was feeling more peaceful, so I invited Jesus to walk with me for the second time this week. As usual, I sensed that wonderful feeling of overwhelming holiness in his presence. Aware of my struggles with the silence during our last walk, I asked him to help me set aside… Continue reading (Week 9) What Would You Want Me to Write?
My friendship with Beth began with small acts of mercy. She would stop by my office where I served as a youth director whenever she needed money or food to sustain her until her next monthly check arrived. Beth carried what I perceived as deep paranoia, and I felt that my best acts of mercy… Continue reading Five Minute Friday: Mercy
As I began this week’s walk with Jesus, I could sense I was struggling right from the start. Part of my struggle was that I hadn’t slowed my spirit enough to settle in and listen. I also sensed that I was pushing for words to write, more than simply listening for what Jesus would have… Continue reading (Week 8) …
(This post is part of a writing community, Five Minute Friday, in which we are given a one word prompt and five minutes to write. You may check out other posts at the link shown under the photo!) RIGHT Could the right path not always be the easy one, the well-worn path that others have… Continue reading Five Minute Friday: Right
The seventh time I invited Jesus to walk with me, I felt no need to pause but immediately asked him, “How would you have me be more like you in this world?” Then I rambled on with additional questions to clarify what I was seeking. “I know the stories of your life- what you taught,… Continue reading (Week 7) How Would You Have Me Be More Like You?
The Progress in the Pauses Do we keep creeping forward with our headlights on lowas the fog closes in all around us~or might this be the moment that God has in mind to awaken, amaze and astound us? Do we forge ahead through stormy winds while striving for goals that we seek,or might this be… Continue reading Five Minute Friday: Progress
It was a gloomy, gray morning and my heart was feeling the same. Walking drearily in the sprinkling rain, I asked Jesus, “What did you do when your heart was burdened?” At first I was reminded that Jesus did what all of us do, since he too, was fully human. He cried. He worried. He… Continue reading (Week 6) What Did You Do When You Were Burdened?
My granddaughter has a large word book that includes pictures of everyday items to match each word. There are colorful pages of animals, foods, vehicles, toys, and other categories. In recent weeks, she and I have enjoyed finding the real items to match the words and pictures. Her face lights up with understanding when she… Continue reading Revealing the Real