February 27, 2017

The winter has been mild, and the daffodils are already blooming. Too early, in my opinion. In a week or two, the trees will leaf out. I am emotionally not ready.

I like the warmth and bird twitter, but I dread the world filling up with gluttony of green. Every tree wil...

February 20, 2017

I’m exercising on the floor in front of a window. I do “the bridge,” an exercise to strengthen my back. When finished, I lie there watching white clouds move across the blue sky, and I remember....

I remember being little and seeing the world from this low position. Ins...

February 13, 2017

He left the two dogs and me behind to attend an aunt’s funeral service in our hometown, five hours away. My husband will pay special attention to family and bless those brought into close connection with him. And he will inhale the world of South Arkansas once again, a...

February 6, 2017

On the way to town, I often talk to God while driving. Yesterday I asked God to open my eyes and my heart and show me a miracle.

I am surrounded by miracles every day, but I know I probably miss 90% of them. Thinking along that line, I asked the Lord to show me one.

I wa...

January 30, 2017

It’s always stressful, and I misplace things almost every day. When I misplace something, it is a loss. I stand and gaze, not believing I can’t find my ring, poem, keys, whatever is missing.

I usually find them, but meanwhile, I am stressed. I feel like a lost child mys...

January 23, 2017

I am using that word more and more. Maybe I’m more aware of the act of sacrifice than ever before.

Military families know. When people die for their country, it’s sacrifice. Jesus dying on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice.

Moms and dads sacrifice. Spouses sacrifice f...

January 16, 2017

Fog, mist, chill in the air.

I visit a friend who just rescued another dog.

She worries aloud that she has no place to permanently keep the sweet dog.

A yellow Lab mix. Beautiful. One leg hobbles as she moves, but the dog still gives and receives love and touch.

What in th...

January 9, 2017

My niece, on Christmas break from college, has been visiting for a few days. She has been sick with the crud. I notice how she lets blankets and worship music soothe her.

I understand. A song can get stuck in my head for the entire day, insisting on comforting me.

One of...

January 2, 2017

Phone calls are helping rebuild a relationship.

25 years or more have passed, and my son finally told me about a hard memory. I don’t recall the incident, but everything sounded in line with who I was at the time. I asked for forgiveness for “shutting him down,” not let...

December 26, 2016

A cloudy sky, but a tiny bit of light seeps through. I want to feel that light, its warmth. I want to stop the car right now, stand in the middle of Push Mountain Road, and let a ray of light touch me. God’s light. Clouds are thick, but the sun lies just beyond them.

I...

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