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The Only Voice - 9/11 Anniversary 2017

The Only Voice – 9/11 Anniversary 2017

What can you say about the cruelest tragedy ever to overtake this great country? Who can a person even begin to make sense of the aeronautic bomb rammed into the Twin Towers, workers fleeing Manhattan like third world refugees, family and friends begging the media to post a photo of their loved ones, the president […]

Drain The Swamp

Drain The Swamp

I pray for a clean heart, God. “Drain the swamp,” is a national cry that was directed towards the corrupt politicians in Washington D.C. during our last national election. Both parties seem to be up to a lot of mischief as they freely spend taxpayer money and write laws that go against our consciences. It’s […]

Does God Sing To Us?

Does God Sing To Us?

I was half asleep when I heard the music. In my semi-awake state, I lay in bed, tried to recognize if it was a chorus of people singing or an ensemble of low pitched brass instruments. As someone who has had experience singing in choirs and playing in orchestras, I can pinpoint kinds of instruments. […]

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 […]

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. […]