Trials…

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously toContinue reading “Trials…”

New Year, New You?

He put a new song in my mouth,     a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord     and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one     who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud,     to those who turn aside to false gods. Psalm 40:3-4 NIVContinue reading “New Year, New You?”

Goodwill to Men…Crossing the Bridge with Susan and Andy

He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:16-19 NIV  Then the womanContinue reading “Goodwill to Men…Crossing the Bridge with Susan and Andy”

Evergreen!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD. And whose hope is in the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in theContinue reading “Evergreen!”

The State of Our Union… (Dear Susan 11-18-2016)

Like most people in our nation, I awoke last week to learn Donald Trump was our new president-elect. I’d like to say that I was surprised. But, I wasn’t. Donald Trump is a very strategic business man and quantifiable “deal maker.” He knew exactly what to say and how to say it to get elected.Continue reading “The State of Our Union… (Dear Susan 11-18-2016)”

Dear Susan, (10-28-16) race relations continued…

Dear Susan, How can I hope to bridge the gap and promote meaningful conversation in regard to race? How can I make my white brothers understand what a black mother fears these days? I fully agree “All Lives Matter,” yet it is the blood of black people staining the streets. I know you may beContinue reading “Dear Susan, (10-28-16) race relations continued…”

Who Do You See…

Lately, I’ve taken to morning walks not only to shed a few pounds but to also stimulate my brain. As I enjoy the fresh fall air, I am struck by the wide variety of trees and leaves on my path and how beautiful they all are. Why can’t we appreciate people the same way?  The woodsContinue reading “Who Do You See…”

Bee Yourself!

Comparison is the root of discontent. This is one truth I discovered this last decade or so. We will never fully appreciate what we have if we always compare ourselves to other people. My solution for this is to stay focused and run my race. I watched a great example of this during the Olympics.Continue reading “Bee Yourself!”

Soar!

I read somewhere that eagles teach their chicks to fly by dropping them from high heights. The parents will continue to catch their babies until eventually the chicks stretch their wings and begin to fly for themselves. I dropped my own “chick” off at college last week. We prepared for his eventual departure by slowlyContinue reading “Soar!”