Words bounce around in my head. Thinking ahead for a conversation I might have with someone later. Reliving a conversation I have already had. Imagining scenarios that will probably never happen. A text I need to send. A reminder to myself. Sometimes the words show up blurry, as an idea develops. Certain words swirl around… Continue reading Why Do I Write?
These past six months have challenged me in ways I have never been stretched before, at least not to this extreme. Everyone is dealing with loss in some way. Normalcy has escaped out of the door and feels as though she will not return. At least not like we knew her, anyway. For a while,… Continue reading Oh Normalcy, Where Art Thou?
Fifty. Five decades of dedication to each other. If we went back all those years ago to these two kids, about to jump into marriage and life together and gave them just a glimpse of what God had in store for them, would they have believed it? Eighteen thousand, two hundred fifty days they have… Continue reading 50 years
When I am anxious, overwhelmed, and chaotic it makes me feel as though my mind is swirling. I’ve mentioned it before (Why Do I Write) but when I have a decision to be made or there is a lot of unknown, or even just a lot of information to go through, my mind looks like… Continue reading Calming the Swirl
Sand the floor. Wax on, wax off. Paint the fence. Daniel thought it was nonsense, a waste of his time: the mundane, the pain, the long-suffering. But when Mr. Miyagi threw punches, Daniel LaRusso’s training kicked in. He was prepared, even though he didn't know it. His muscles had already done the hard work, all… Continue reading Wax On, Wax Off
I want to soak in this time: slowly, thankfully. I know God is doing big things. I have time to spend on my prayer and Bible reading. I am with the people I love the most all the time. We are safe. But even though I am thankful for these things, I still grow impatient… Continue reading The View
The pain had not ceased for a week. I had played phone tag with my doctor’s office, been laid up on the couch or in my bed, writhed in pain on multiple occasions… all with the same mantra: I can’t go to the hospital, not now, not now. As my husband drove me to that… Continue reading Yes, I Had Emergency Surgery During a Pandemic
I had to get out. I needed the sun on my face, I needed the open space of the outdoors. And although I hate running, I needed to run. My legs longed to stretch and my lungs to expand with the cool but welcoming air. I felt the burn in my lungs from pushing them… Continue reading The King is Surely Coming
Monday March 16, 2020 First day of Arndt Academy/Work from home due to COVID-19 We made it until 3:00pm! I had been mentally bracing myself for the last few days. Things seemed to be snowballing very quickly. I wasn’t paying much attention to the news about the virus. The most attention it had gotten from… Continue reading God, Our Refuge
Frantically cleaning in preparation for my Mama coming to town, I heaved the vacuum cleaner down each step of the staircase. After the complete gutting and remodelling of the upstairs bathroom, the flight of stairs was covered in crumbled drywall, little boy dirt, and most certainly dog hair. I know full well my Mama doesn’t… Continue reading The Splinter
“The human heart would rather hear lies that bring comfort than truths that bring conviction and cleansing.” Warren Wiersbe, Be Reverent: Bowing Before an Awesome God (Ezekiel commentary) As I read these words in my study of Ezekiel, the truth and profoundness of this statement hit me like a wave. I keep returning to it,… Continue reading The Heart