Category: Simply Soul Searching Blogs

GRATITUDE

A THANKSGIVING REFLECTION Dear Grandpa Bob has always said, “If you are thankful every day, you will have a happy life.” As the years pass, I have found his words to be true and beneficial. Even on my difficult days, if I can seek… Continue Reading “GRATITUDE”

CHRISTMAS TIMING

I was waiting for my booster vaccine at the pharmacy last week when I heard Christmas music playing throughout the store. My initial go-to reaction was to question, “Already?” But soon a delightful joy came over me. I sat quietly, absorbing the festive music,… Continue Reading “CHRISTMAS TIMING”

WHY WOULD I DO THAT?

At the start of the new year, I made a resolution to hike the 15.3-mile Hiking Trail at Oak Openings Metropark near Toledo. Jim and I began working toward that goal, increasing our miles and trying more difficult terrains throughout the summer. But as… Continue Reading “WHY WOULD I DO THAT?”

I WANT TO AGE LIKE AUTUMN

The trees have transformed from their shimmering radiance of yellows and redsinto deep, mellow shades of gold, copper, burgundy, and brown. Their subtle hues convey a rich, sage wisdomfound in the liminal space between a glorious, colorful celebrationand a quiet, dignified surrender. The trees,… Continue Reading “I WANT TO AGE LIKE AUTUMN”

EACH MOMENT IS A NEW FRONTIER

Jim gave me this plaque at a time when I was transitioning between careers. I had recently left one position but had not yet found a new vocation, so my purpose seemed unclear – and my life seemed quite dull. In fact, I remember… Continue Reading “EACH MOMENT IS A NEW FRONTIER”

LET IT STOP WITH ME

Every day we have opportunities to bring about God’s goodness through our words and actions. Our words can convey compassion, encouragement, or understanding for those who need them. Our actions can bring comfort, healing, or companionship for those who hurt or struggle. We become… Continue Reading “LET IT STOP WITH ME”

WHAT OTHERS THINK OF US

While walking at Valley Park last week, I noticed this sign written in chalk on the post of a picnic table: Closer Meeting. Of course, I saw this as a sacred invitation to see what else had been written there! And the very first… Continue Reading “WHAT OTHERS THINK OF US”

A TIME TO NESTLE, A TIME TO SOAR

My spirit has been comforted and grounded by a time of nestling in these recent years. Since moving to West Virginia, the rolling green hills have fostered a setting of comfort and security, beckoning me to nestle in their sheltering presence. A cozy, nurturing… Continue Reading “A TIME TO NESTLE, A TIME TO SOAR”

FIVE PROMPTED POEMS

Last week, I participated in the hope*writers Instagram Challenge; each day we created an Instagram post from a one-word prompt. I hope you are uplifted by the photos and poems I submitted. Bless you as we begin another new week! REGROUP(Monday) The sign before… Continue Reading “FIVE PROMPTED POEMS”

YOU ARE SO LOVED

I had never experienced anything like this before. For about two weeks (after a case of Covid) in July, I was quite depressed. This was so unusual for me! Oh, I have felt discouraged and melancholy at different times in my life, but I… Continue Reading “YOU ARE SO LOVED”