Hopeful!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV “Overflow with hope.” I’ll admit I haven’t been overflowing with hope lately. Part of this is due to lingering details concerning myContinue reading “Hopeful!”

For Better or For Worse…

By the time you read this, I should be well on my way to celebrate my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. My “ride or die” and I are off to spend some quality time together as we reminisce upon our better and our worse, the rich and the poor and appreciate the fact we are in relativelyContinue reading “For Better or For Worse…”

Sunrise, Sunset…

“Sunrise, sunset Sunrise, sunset Swiftly fly the years One season following another Laden with happiness and tears” –Fiddler on The Roof These lyrics came to mind today as I sat on the porch and thought about all the changes my family managed this year. Life as an empty nester is finally sinking in as thereContinue reading “Sunrise, Sunset…”

Keep it moving…

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. Exodus 13:21 NKJV Last week I endured enjoyed a “road trip” with my oldest who is now safely deposited inContinue reading “Keep it moving…”

A Few More Lessons From a Spider…

I’ve learned a thing or two from spiders over the years. My favorite spider is Charlotte from the E. B. White classic Charlotte’s Web. These days the increase of spiders in my yard hint that fair time will soon be upon us. Even as a kid, one of the best things I liked about CharlotteContinue reading “A Few More Lessons From a Spider…”

Beauty for Ashes…

Isaiah 61 is probably one of the most comforting chapters in the Bible. The very first verse begins with good news preaching “good tidings to the poor,” speaks to “heal the broken-hearted,” and proclaims “liberty to the captives.” Most of us need “comfort” at one time or another. We suffer wounds along our way. WeContinue reading “Beauty for Ashes…”

Don’t Be Deceived…

I was recently reminded to be a bit more mindful and not merely act on what I “think” I see. Our enemies aren’t always obvious. They rarely arrive with a pitchfork and horns. Some are flatterers, even endearing. Many are manipulative and masters of illusion, leading us to make assumptions that can cause us greatContinue reading “Don’t Be Deceived…”

True Independence…

Freedom for black and white or red and blue No increase for me at the expense of you That faith not fear would rule this land That justice could rule with an even hand Would those who fought for the red, white and blue Be honored and cherished for all they went through We chooseContinue reading “True Independence…”

High Hopes!

“Next time you’re found, with your chin on the ground There’s a lot to be learned, so look around Just what makes that little old ant Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant Anyone knows an ant, can’t Move a rubber tree plant” My hopes haven’t always been high. I’ve always been a “realist” evenContinue reading “High Hopes!”

Bend Don’t Break!

Everyone is guaranteed some form of hardship, storms, distress/duress that ultimately forges us into the people God would have us to become. Though not pleasurable experiences, our problems are necessary for our progression from one stage in life to another. The way we deal with these experiences determines how we will come out of them. Some people seem toContinue reading “Bend Don’t Break!”