Encouragement

Oh Those Gray Days

Filed in Depression, Encouragement by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
Oh Those Gray Days

The day was covered in clouds and haze blocked the brilliance of red-speckled hills whispering of autumn’s approach. “The most photographed place in Upstate New York, but today?” a man said looking at my camera. “You must be a professional.” He knew, as well as I, it was not the easiest day to find something […]

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Hectic Days Need Heaven’s Hushes

Filed in Devotion, Encouragement, Prayer by on August 14, 2017 1 Comment
Hectic Days Need Heaven’s Hushes

There are some Sundays, no matter how early I’ve woken up and earnestly I’ve tried, getting out the side door to church is as easy as…well, it’s just plain hard. Those are usually the days I end up driving behind a tractor with double yellow lines down the road, a little girl with an attitude […]

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One Storm’s Gift

One Storm’s Gift

I walked along the path with ease, My steps were sure beneath the trees. The sun poked holes and sprayed its rays, This joyous path and flowered way. I kicked some stones and sang a hymn, So happy, free, content, and then, A clap of thunder, down poured rain, That fell so hard it caused […]

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The Beauty of Myrrh – A Tribute to Mary Barrett & My Pain Pals

The Beauty of Myrrh – A Tribute to Mary Barrett & My Pain Pals

Though it was late, I measured out a cup of laundry detergent and shoved the clothes robotically into our front loader. My mind was traveling through Africa, Washington, California, England, and other parts of the globe, smothering heaven with prayer requests. Lord, I am so burdened for _________. I can’t even imagine the suffering and […]

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A Lion’s Reminder About Freedom

Filed in Encouragement, Freedom, Sin by on July 1, 2015 6 Comments
A Lion’s Reminder About Freedom

I closed my Bible and pushed aside cold coffee to retrieve the iPhone that had been out of my hand for over an hour. This thing. A blessing and a curse. You will not rule over me. I clicked on the hearts of every Instagram I saw, then popped up Twitter. That overly popular app […]

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One Way To Hear God’s Heart Beat

One Way To Hear God’s Heart Beat

Words I never dreamed I’d hear in all my twenties or thirties, I now enjoy from time to time in my late forties. But they often have come at a painful cost. “Mommy, just snuggle me.” Blink, blink. My shoulders dropped while a smile rose across my face. The request came with laundry in my […]

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A Lesson From Fashion Failure

Filed in Encouragement, Uncategorized by on June 3, 2015 0 Comments
A Lesson From Fashion Failure

“Mommy? What is going on with her eyes? That’s creepy!” I paused the video we were watching from Mayo Clinic and answered my daughter’s inquisitive aversion. “When you have vertigo and feel like you are spinning, your eyes jump like that because they are trying to find a focal point to help you get your […]

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Hope’s Demise: A Parable

Hope’s Demise: A Parable

There was a day when Hope no longer answered the door when Pain came knocking. Pain was a persistent visitor who’d come calling every morning once Consciousness arose, opened the eyelids and filled the world with light. Often times, Pain brought his closest companions: Self Pity, Depression, Fear, Anger or Discouragement. On days when his […]

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The Best Way to Stretch Out

The Best Way to Stretch Out

Coffee has been rendered inoperative this morning. Even at higher doses, there is only so much a person can imbibe without crossing the line and fulfilling the definition of an “addict.” Nevertheless, after a few quick “dozes” through prayer, I opened the Word and found the Lord waiting. He didn’t mind the fog that permeated […]

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Disney’s Revelations Three Feet High

Disney’s Revelations Three Feet High

You know how little kids are. They can crack through any curmudgeon’s scowl when they use over-sized words or misapply vocabulary. Then, if it’s a pastor’s kid, Bible stories, interpretations of God and explanations of the world should be recorded for future laughs or blackmail when they get older. One morning, a conversation with my […]

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