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How to Survive Parenting

How to Survive Parenting

As a parent, God gives us tools to cope. No, I’m not referring to Margaritas or binge watching your favorite Netflix series… I’m talking humor. Raising four kids… three who were teenagers at one time. I can remember a cryptic comment whispered in my ear as God reminded me, “You’ve lost your sense of humor!” […]

We All Need a Cane

We All Need a Cane

The ying and yang, the dark and light, the hot and cold, and yes, the old and the young. Life is made up of contrasts. It’s those opposite extremes that causes us to reflect on different seasons. While I was recently out in my home state of California to take care of my mother, I […]

Stretching the Budget Supernaturally

Stretching the Budget Supernaturally

Some times the budget just doesn’t stretch far enough. It reaches to the weekly food bills, groans to accommodate insurance, gas, and whimpers to spit out enough for an occasional dinner out or haircut. But I have discovered that one way God provides in leaner times is by allowing material things to last. Take our […]

A Prayer at Christmas for the Disconnected

A Prayer at Christmas for the Disconnected

Christmas hits the newcomer hard when roots are shallow and short, and the new community we’ve been plopped down in, is cold. If only my family was here, you say to yourself, then I could enter into the holidays with joy. I remember the sadness when my husband and I lived in Wheaton, Illinois. My […]

Everyone Needs An Aunt Joan

Everyone Needs An Aunt Joan

Well, she really isn’t our Aunt, but growing up no one could explain to us four kids that she is one of those far-fetched cousins, so we just called her Aunt Joan. In my childhood she was the closest thing to a cool relative our family had. She arrived one night at our house when […]

An ADD Woman’s Prayer

An ADD Woman’s Prayer

“Dear Lord,  Thank you today for all my blessings- My husband and children, a warm house and the money to purchase a new sweater.” Dang that sweater. The label is digging into my neck and driving me crazy.  I’ll run to the desk to get the scissors and cut it out so I can focus […]

The Lost Art of Harkening

The Lost Art of Harkening

Not a lot of talk about harkening. Haven’t read the word on anyone’s blog or heard a television anchorman slip it in during a news segment. When I hear the word, I picture it written in gold script, hidden in an obscure book that’s been banished to the back shelf of my small town library. […]

Gotta work hard for that candy!

Gotta work hard for that candy!

  Years and years ago when I was a kid, Halloween amounted to the pinnacle of ecstasy for any child… actually any child with a sweet tooth, which covers most.  It was the one time of year when my siblings and I had all the candy bars, malt balls, and M&M’s we could possibly want. […]

Plan Our Life Backwards

Plan Our Life Backwards

If you and I live to be 90-years old, what would we like to have accomplished? What will people remember us for? Try backing up from the grave. What would we see as we looked at our past? Would we have been happy to have been a fun grandparent, and source of wisdom for our […]

God's people have never been perfect.

God’s people have never been perfect.

What I love about the bible is how the characters are real. Jesus wept. Peter denied Christ. Timothy, the Apostle Paul’s protégé was timid. Rahab had a dark past as a prostitute. Moses had a temper and killed a man. Elijah fought a great battle and then became depressed as he hid from Jezebel. King […]