I was not an avid reader as a child like Dad. He had numerous books going simultaneously. I was always amazed by the wide variety of subjects he read. I, on the other hand, had a difficult time even finishing a book. And there were many times I peeked ahead to find out how things … Continue reading Convinced
One thing I wish was a constant in life is peace. On a superficial level, I just wish it wasn’t so busy during this season (and every season) of the year. I have to fight for moments of stillness and reflection. That sounds peaceful, right? Fight for peace! On a deeper level I think we … Continue reading Need Peace?
Life is crazy. I just expect this time of year to be this way. There is the shopping, the decorating, the bombardment of emails, the hosting, the baking... Unfortunately, often the Christmas season equals busy. To sidestep this I have been turning Psalm 23 over in my mind. Yes it is familiar, but timeless and … Continue reading Need Rest?
Think about a time you were most satisfied. Something important to you made you feel content or happy. We live for the thing that is important to us, yet this may not be the thing that actually satisfies our soul. We need "soul satisfying." Soul Satisfying The satisfied life is a content life. Content does … Continue reading The Beauty of Surrender: the Satisfied Life
What are you depending on? My conversations with others (and in my own head) of late have included this question. Or, I could say it this way, "What am I counting or relying on day-to-day to bring me satisfaction, fulfillment, rest, or reprieve?" What I depend on begins to control me. This is dependence. As … Continue reading What am I Depending on to be Satisfied?
Making a decision can often feel weighty, kind of like the scene towards the end of the movie, The Last Crusade, when Indian Jones must decide which cup is Christ’s cup. The knight says, “Choose wisely.” For one choice leads to life and the other, to destruction. How do you choose? Decision-making can be agonizing! … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions: How to decide?
30.30.30. Day 12 The Passage: Matthew 11:25-30 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27 All things have … Continue reading 30.30.30. Day 12: Burden Bearer and Rest Giver
(Continuing the theme: "Things that can trip us up.") Stacy was really smart-- so smart she met with the teacher one-on-one. That was a challenge for me, who really wanted to be the smartest. I attributed it to the fact that she watched Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers. Neither of which I was fond of, but … Continue reading Is there a Secret to Contentment?
Overwhelmed. I did a poll this week and found, "10 out of 12 people" feel overwhelmed right now. Ok, there were only 12 people in the room, and it wasn't a very scientific study, but I do have a strong hunch this is a common feeling at this point in the year. See, I have been through … Continue reading Trust for my Overwhelmed Heart
The news continually brings the world's burdens right to my hands as my fingers tap from story to story. I can go from extremes in my emotions from wanting to run to safety to being tempted to lash out in anger from all the injustice, evil, and biased media. There seems to be so little … Continue reading Rippling Grace to a Graceless World