My Pep Talk to Myself about Social Distancing and the Coronavirus

I have been silent during the past few days because, honestly, I haven’t known what to think nor what could I add to an already loud conversation. As my family and I find our new rhythm, I am now ready to jump back into my ongoing conversation with you through […]

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Finding Your New Place of Joy and Purpose

In last week’s blog I talked about finding and living my new sweet spot. In order to do this I needed a practice I to get me in the right headspace each day. An idea came to me— First thing in the morning I would write in my little daily […]

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What I’m Learning This Week

My bullet journal* is a constant work-in-progress. And being such is the benefit of a bullet journal—each person making their journal work for their own needs. In the weekly part of my bullet journal I have a section where I list what I’m learning this week. Writing it down during the […]

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Me at 60

Yesterday I applied for a new ministry opportunity. They asked for my bio. I reviewed my most recent bio and I thought, “That’s not me anymore.” The facts hadn’t changed. Everything I said about myself was true. But something didn’t sound right as I read it. It felt like I […]

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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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Celebrating the Holidays with Adult Kids and Less Stress

I hate to sound cliché but the holidays are upon us. Yes, we are only in the first few days of October, but you know I’m right. Christmas decorations have taken over Hobby Lobby; even Target has started a small section for Christmas lights. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here […]

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We’re Not Perfect, but We Love Each Other

“When I See Your Family I See the Perfect Family.” Recently someone said this to me. I didn’t know whether to first laugh or apologize for giving such an impression. I do not intend to give the impression that we are the perfect family. In fact, in two of my […]

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Preparing for What’s Next

One of the great fallacies of life is that your current season will never change. It seems you will never. . . Graduate high school. Graduate college and find a job. Make enough money to buy a house. We are tempted to wish away the kids’ infancy with thoughts of […]

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Every Day Matters

My past twelve days have been fairly uneventful. As many of you know I am recuperating from foot surgery. Doctor’s orders are to stay down as much as possible to heal as quickly as possible. I am being a good patient thanks to Gene and the girls. While I am […]

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Changing My Focus for the Next Half of My Life

Tonight at supper I had an epiphany. You might think I’ve said this before and maybe I have. But tonight it came to me in a fresh way that helped me process more clearly. The thought came to me of things I am done with. I thought, “Here I am […]

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