Merry Christmas?

Although Christmas is my favorite time of year, Christmas is not “merry” for many. The holiday season can become a catalyst that accentuates grief, sparks depression and brings about a range of emotions, some of which we would rather not face. Not everyone has a legacy of Christmas memories that leave them feeling warm andContinue reading “Merry Christmas?”

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!”

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…”

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…”

The Winds of Change, Again…

 Last year this time was a bit chaotic in my household. I wrote about the winds of change as my oldest son prepared to graduate high school and we joyfully prepared for his move out of state. I’d accepted a promotion; my husband started a new job and we were excited about what the futureContinue reading “The Winds of Change, Again…”

Home…

When I drove to my hometown in January, I had no idea of what lay ahead. What I thought would be a day trip, a weekend at most, would evolve into something completely different. My mother and I spoke of the azaleas blooming all over. Lavender and hot pink azaleas were ablaze in her yard.Continue reading “Home…”

Winter Roses…

I was recently discussing how this would be the first Christmas in over ten years that we have no pets in our home for the holidays. We would always debate if our cat “Lucky” had been naughty or nice even as he precariously tried to become one with the Christmas tree within weeks of claimingContinue reading “Winter Roses…”

Pretty Girl!

Last night I lost my pretty girl. One moment she’s clearing her throat. The next, she is gone. She was not a young dog. A cataract was slowly growing in one eye. I suspected her hearing might be waning (though she could hear a bag of chips opened in the kitchen from the second floor!)Continue reading “Pretty Girl!”