This Is Only a Test…

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…”

Mother’s Day…

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…”

Hidden Potential…

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…”

Time…

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…”

Love…

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…”

Clarity…

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…”

Dark Places…

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 NKJV Dormancy is defined as “a state of suspended animation.” In botany, it means “not actively growing but protected from the environment.” I’d been in a state of relative dormancy the past two years, tucked away and in the dark.Continue reading “Dark Places…”