The Best Way To Work Through

What are you trying to work through?  If you're like me, often it's not just one thing. Whatever it is, it can consume our thoughts, drain our energy, and sink us low. . . . heartbreak . . .a frustrating job . . . an unfair outcome . . . financial issues . . .…

What To Do With Our Hopes

"Can we talk to God about our pets?"  His soft-spoken question and curious eyes exposed that his understanding of prayer was broadening in the moment, as our little group learned about talking to God. The other 1st and 2nd graders listened, as he added, "My fish is sick." "Yes, you can! And we'll also pray…

The Quickest Way to Slow Down

Have you ever tasted something so delicious that you slow down to savor the flavors mesmerizing your mouth? I enjoy eating, so I'm pretty expressive when I taste something delicious. I make savoring-type sounds, and say This is so good! over and over again. Even the next day, I might reminisce about it. Do you…

When We’re More Focused on Next than Now

I spend a lot of time focused on NEXT rather than NOW. My thoughts are toward the next thing that I need to do: When I finish this, I'll begin that. After I drop her off, I need to run to the grocery store because we're out of bread. While he's with the tutor, I'll finish…

Becoming Faith-Strong

I have that upper arm flabby skin that when I wave, the lower skin has its own wave going on. Ugh! I know the solution is exercise, so, I lift weights some-times, but not enough, nor often enough–and I'm a wimp when it comes to push-ups. Ah, if only such hard work wasn't required! I…

Getting Meaning From a Meltdown

Monday I had a little meltdown. It started as a whisper, "What am I doing?" Within seconds as I looked around my workspace, my suppressed feelings of inadequacy and overwhelm emerged as tears—and another whisper, "God, I don't know how to do all this." After a good cry and a more thorough cry-out to God,…

From Worry to Trust

I am SO glad I worried about that! Have you ever thought that? Me either. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” (Corrie ten Boom) Worry wears us down and wastes time. When I give in to worry, I'm oblivious to sweet moments of the day and I accomplish little. The…