Pursue and Provide…

As y’all know, life since March has been hazy for me.  A fog of continual grief…mixed with the joy of life.  My last blog post gave you a taste of my thoughts on JOY and PAIN.  Updates on that precious baby girl will come in my next post.  She is still fighting and what a sassy fighter she is!  My Daddy is officially in remission.  I am grateful.  I would like him to live at least another 20 years. There is NEVER enough time with those that we love.  NEVER. Today’s... Read More

lent…

i heard a LOT about Fat Tuesday over the last week.  eating.  drinking. king cakes.  eating. drinking.  yet, i have heard VERY LITTLE about Ash Wednesday and Lent.  over the course of christian history, Lent has developed as a time when believers honor and focus on Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.  they have typically honored that time by fasting and praying.  hence, Fat Tuesday. they were eating as much as they could before the fast began.  then, over the 40 days they... Read More

i do not recommend this book…

i was excited to read it.  i thought the title was funny and the old timey lettering brought me in.   however, now that i have read it, i am sad to say that i cannot recommend this book. "just do something" by kevin deyoung... normally, i am more susy sunshine than debbie downer in my posts.  but, today, i felt like i needed to share a little bit about why this book and i won’t spend much quality time together.  now, before we get into my opinion on this book,... Read More

when i get where i am going…

my prayer is that this is what it sounds like… this song stirs in my soul often.  whenever i see beauty in nature, like the first time i stood and attempted to take in the grand canyon, i sing this great old hymn to myself… oh, lord my god, when i in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds thy hands have made….i see the stars, i hear the rollingg thunder…thy power throughout the universe displayed.  then sings my soul, my savior god to thee…how... Read More

precious treasures to prayers…

i am a symbolic person.  i feel warm and comforted in a home that has lovely things around me…things that also remind me of those that i love.  if you sit with me for more than five minutes, you will find that most everything has a story and if you let me, i will tell them ALL…this might be why people don’t visit more often! 😉 as i was walking around my house last night, i was thinking about prayer.  i pray a LOT…probably because i talk a LOT.  but,... Read More

“dancing in the minefields…”

i was driving down the road a couple of weeks ago and this caught my heart. …so, i’ll walk with you in the shadowlands till the shadows disappear… i love that this song is about marriage.  but, i’m not married.  and, it STILL blesses me and touches a deep place in my soul.  here’s why.  we dance through the minefields in all kinds of relationships.  we run into each other’s pain.  we hurt those we love.  sometimes we mean to…most... Read More

praying for japan…and how WE can help…

when i woke up this morning, i heard bits and pieces about the earthquake off the coast of japan.  i felt my heart become heavy.  then, i came into work and read news stories and watched videos of the destruction.  i cannot imagine the fear, pain, horror, loss, and hopelessness that is running through the souls of the japanese people.  though i don’t have any family there, i also ache for those who do. in moments like this, i wonder, “ok, what do we do?” ... Read More

the joy of compassion international…

meet FELISTA… she is the child whom i sponsor through compassion international.  she lives in tanzania. on december 4th, she turned 5 years old.  we write letters back and forth.  currently, her letters seem to be more of what her teachers or the translator are telling her to say.  but, it is still precious.  i write to her about bella, family, friends, seasons, and that i am praying for her.  she always tells me that she is thankful for me, and that she is praying... Read More

my grandfather is sick…

…and i live 9 hours away.  he is 94.  he has lived a life that most can’t imagine.  he is a man who loves his wife (of 70 years).  he doesn’t do anything halfway.  these are the words that sit on the top of my head when i think of how to describe him: integrity, fidelity, faith, hard work, passion, and love.  i know there are more.  but, these are the top ones for me.  i love him.  i’m not ready.  and, i live too far away.  most of the time,... Read More

christmas

christmas at home it is almost christmas….three days to go. i leave tomorrow for “home.” i recently purchased my own house in a town far from where i was raised. i love my house. i love my town. i love what i do for a living. yet, no matter how settled i am, or how much i love the home here that god had waiting for me, i still believe my parent’s house is “home.” they have lived in this house since i was 3 years old. i love it there.... Read More

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