Category: Special Blog Series

A variety of blogs written around a certain theme

FILLING IN THE GAPS

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 22nd) REFLECTION: My friend Debbie and I were chatting over coffee one morning, finally reconnecting after months of isolation. We both had been feeling uninspired; we sensed a lack of purpose or direction, and we… Continue Reading “FILLING IN THE GAPS”

THE WORDS WE CHOOSE

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 15th) REFLECTION: A few days ago, as I journaled my morning prayers and reflections, I felt God asking me, “If you could begin fresh and new in every way possible, what would be the first… Continue Reading “THE WORDS WE CHOOSE”

CHANGING LANDSCAPES

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 8th) REFLECTION: When we first moved to our home here in West Virginia, I was so happy to discover a place along my neighborhood walking route that offered a quiet, solitary moment among beautiful hills… Continue Reading “CHANGING LANDSCAPES”

HUMBLY HUMAN… AND HOLY

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, October 1st) REFLECTION: The highlight of my week was an overnight retreat with my friend, Nancy! We were inspired, comforted, and challenged as we learned about Boundless Compassion at Lial Renewal Center (the retreat was based… Continue Reading “HUMBLY HUMAN… AND HOLY”

BAGGAGE CLAIM

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION FOR THE WEEK(Friday, September 24th) REFLECTION: Looking back on this week, I am grateful for the many blessings of each day! But, as I lamented with my sister, I often felt as if I had just solved a problem,… Continue Reading “BAGGAGE CLAIM”

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION (INTRODUCTION)

Dear Reader Friends, I have always loved the benediction at the end of a worship service. The benediction serves to close our time together, and to bless us as we “depart in peace to love and serve others.” Our worship service is a time… Continue Reading “A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTION (INTRODUCTION)”

NOTICE AND DISCOVER – GREETING GOD

NOTICE AND DISCOVER #7Monday, August 30th Now that school has started again, I have been making some adjustments to my walking route and schedule. Jim needs to prepare for his bus route early each morning, so I generally begin walking soon after he heads… Continue Reading “NOTICE AND DISCOVER – GREETING GOD”

NOTICE AND DISCOVER – BRIGHTEN

(NOTICE AND DISCOVER, #6)Monday, August 23rd When Jim and I first moved to our new home in West Virginia, our yard was bare and empty. Jim has since created landscape borders and planted bushes; now we only need some colorful flowers or trees to… Continue Reading “NOTICE AND DISCOVER – BRIGHTEN”

NOTICE AND DISCOVER – GRIEF

(NOTICE AND DISCOVER #5)Monday, August 9th If you are tempted to ignore this post, you are not alone! This was one “invitation to notice” that I accepted very grudgingly. 😉 This past Monday, Jim and I finished reading the book we had been using… Continue Reading “NOTICE AND DISCOVER – GRIEF”

NOTICE AND DISCOVER – MERIT OR PRIVILEGE?

(NOTICE AND DISCOVER #4)Monday, August 2nd Merit:~ something that deserves or justifies a reward or commendation Privilege:~ a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed by a particular person or a restricted group of people beyond the advantages of most* This past Friday, I had a… Continue Reading “NOTICE AND DISCOVER – MERIT OR PRIVILEGE?”