I’m Not Whining, But. . .

To be honest, I’m having a hard time writing this blog because no matter how I reword it, I sound like I’m whining. I’m not. Really. I’m sharing what’s in my heart at the moment. I’m wondering if anyone ever feels this way except me. Right now, weeks past vacation, […]

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When Your Kids Keep Making Decisions You Don’t Agree With

Yep, it happened again. One of my kids made a decision that I didn’t agree with. In fact, I was absolutely against it. When she shared her plan with me I gave her my reasons why her plan was not a good idea. My wisdom did nothing to change her […]

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How I Found Happiness Amidst Struggle

If there’s one thing I learned in the difficult season my family recently went through, it’s that the key to happiness is not found in carefree, perfect days all strung together as far as the eye can see. That’s not reality. If we wait for the perfect string of days […]

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More “Words I Could Hear”–from an Unlikely Source

I get the biggest kick out of it when God uses something secular to reinforce His Word to me—totally unexpected. He did that last week. Gene and I were watching a silly sitcom. One of the characters is eccentric but every so often he will say something profound which. Of […]

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Words I Needed in a Way I Could Hear

Often when I pray for someone in a hard situation I ask God to speak to them in a way they can hear. In order for each of us to understand anything it must be presented to us in a way that we can understand. The ability to communicate in […]

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If I Could Say One Thing to You in the Midst of Your Trial . . .

My loved ones and I are going through a hard time. I won’t give details for two reasons. One because they are not mine to give. And two because if I give my details the temptation is for you to turn your focus from your life to my situation, ignoring […]

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What I’m Learning about Life and Jesus from Physical Therapy

I few weeks ago I experienced another first in my life—I went to physical therapy. My hip pain became more than I wanted to endure so I went to the doctor. He prescribed physical therapy. I had no idea what to expect. I left my first visit with three pages […]

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What’s New in My New Year

Dear Ones, I know it’s been a while, a long while, since I’ve shared with you. I am sorry. Members of my family needed me. They come before my writing. It’s been weeks since we last talked and I’m wondering where to jump in. In September we welcomed our second […]

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What Comes Next: When Your Adult Kids Face Difficult Times

Sometimes I think back to the struggles and hard times Gene and I have had in our marriage, especially the early years. I remember feeling hopeless and helpless. I remember wondering if the situation would ever change. Then I try to remember what brought about change. Was it a piece […]

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Why I Do What I Do

Running. I do it but I am not good at it. I struggle. This morning a woman younger than me ran past me as we ran in our little neighborhood. She ran as effortlessly, as if she were walking fast. Even though I struggled to run up the hill she […]

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