What a special, sacred memory- my family’s first candlelight service at Bogey Hills Baptist Church. We are usually out of town when the service occurs on Christmas Eve. This year the service took place on the Sunday before Christmas Eve, so we were able to attend. While I was thrilled to be with my church… Continue reading Beautiful Things
I have a feeling after 2020, we all will bear a few more scars. To say it's been a tough year is an understatement. Where do you turn in the darkest of times? What keeps you from despair when the world is spiraling out of control? What or Who do you turn to? If you… Continue reading Hope When It Hurts: The Scars That Shape Us
I guess you could say I conceded, submitted, committed to homeschooling. Before I made the choice, I wrestled and battled, knowing this was not one simple choice but a lifestyle change. Once the decision was made, I threw myself into it, knowing the great sacrifice it would take to plan, teach, and discipline. I accepted the loss of all the things I had newly gained over the last couple of years when I left the workforce. I even grieved, realizing the path that I am taking would not allow for some of the freedoms and joy I had found. God is so much bigger than my small-minded ideas.
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