Category: Simply Soul Searching Blogs

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”

THE SOMETHING MORE

Last week, our 17-year-old grand-dog Lacy was gently put to rest. Our daughter had rescued Lacy from a shelter fourteen years ago and she quickly became a dear and faithful companion. We especially grieve for our daughter and her family, but we feel our… Continue Reading “THE SOMETHING MORE”

CERTAINTY

Some time ago, this boulder had the words, “Lord God Jehovah Returns May 21, 2011” stamped onto it. I noticed it last week while walking in our daughter’s neighborhood in Ohio. The words are now faded, but I thought about the certainty this person… Continue Reading “CERTAINTY”

WALKING GENTLY UPON THE EARTH

This morning I began a new game while walking at Valley Park, a little challenge for myself. When I came upon a rabbit nibbling clover near my path, I tried to walk past without disturbing it. Then, down near the pond, I did the… Continue Reading “WALKING GENTLY UPON THE EARTH”

WHAT DO I (REALLY) NEED?

We have had a delightful summer of fun getaways and regular responsibilities, but these middle weeks of July had remained relatively unscheduled. I happily anticipated using this time to focus on my writing projects, with plenty of uninterrupted hours for reflection and serious effort.… Continue Reading “WHAT DO I (REALLY) NEED?”