I suspect we all have pumpkins in our lives that steal more time and attention than they ever deserve.
Our pumpkins disguise themselves as the very things we desire. They tend to come packaged with a fear of missing out—erroneously magnified in our minds.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5: 14-15 NIV
When I was a kid, one of the most annoying frustrations was to be sitting in front of the television watching Saturday cartoons only to have the EBS break up my bliss and declare, “This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. In the event of a true emergency…”Continue reading “This Is Only a Test…”
When I was a child, I thought Mother’s Day was the simplest of holidays. Get gifts for mom, eat good food, and enjoy. Decades later, I realized that Mother’s Day is more complicated than that. For some, it is a day of celebration. For others like myself, it is a day of remembrance. And thenContinue reading “Mother’s Day…”
As posted on Green Garden Therapy.com where you can find Lilka in the garden. For the twenty years I’ve lived in my home, I assumed the trees in my backyard are some variety of maple based on the shape of the leaves and their brilliant fall color. Only recently did I realize that they areContinue reading “Hidden Potential…”
Go up to Gilead and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt; In vain you will use many medicines; You shall not be cured. The nations have heard of your shame, And your cry has filled the land; For the mighty man has stumbled against the mighty; They both have fallen together. Jeremiah 46:11-12 NKJV Pandemics.Continue reading “God is Calling…”
Fall back, spring forward. More than a reminder for my clock each year, these words describe the cycles of life. Falling back hurts. Failed relationships, financial ruin, illnesses, and disappointments are painful. Setbacks can leave us so scarred and scared that we fail to notice God’s restoration. It is difficult to see the beauty inContinue reading “Time…”
The greatest of the commandments instruct us to love God and each other. The Bible defines love in many ways; however, love is never defined as is easy. Love never fails. God never fails. Love suffers long and is kind. God suffers long and is kind. It is difficult to suffer long and be kindContinue reading “Love…”
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; EphesiansContinue reading “Clarity…”