My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense […]

On My Walmart Bench

On My Walmart Bench

When my daughter and I are grocery shopping and I am through first, I wait for her on my Walmart Bench. I’m sure every Walmart store has one. Over there by the wall and on your way out the door. I make the most of my waiting time. Sometimes I sneak a check on my […]

God Was In the Details

God Was In the Details

My friend agreed to host a high-school Chinese student for the school year. She had had a young Chinese girl in her home before and was looking forward to this experience also. She had even made a trip to China to visit this student after she returned home. However, just days before the new student’s […]

Shaped on the Anvil

Shaped on the Anvil

Several of my ancestral grandfathers were blacksmiths. That job seemed to be a skill or an art, if you will, passed down from generation to generation.  Many years ago, the black- smith was an essential member of the community. His skill, fire, hammer and anvil forged tools needed to survive more easily.  Of course, with […]

Sister’s Homegoing

Sister’s Homegoing

Right after Thanksgiving, my oldest sister died. If a death can be called beautiful, hers was. In her last hours, family and her special friend were at her side. She knew us early that morning, and we like to believe she heard and felt our prayers, our touch, our singing, the Christmas carols played in […]

Something New, Something Old

Something New, Something Old

My husband passed away unexpectedly two years ago. His ashes have resided on the top shelf in my closet, but in a couple of weeks he will be interred in our family cemetery, which cousins and I have reclaimed  through much effort, including court appearances. This is a bittersweet, yet joyous, time for me. Bittersweet […]

The Labyrinth: A Sacred Walk

The Labyrinth: A Sacred Walk

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/labyrinths-photos_n_4326303.html First click the link above to view various, amazing labyrinths. It was like love at first sight I must say. My relationship with the labyrinth, that is. I had known and read extensively about labyrinths long before I walked my first one. What exactly is a labyrinth? A labyrinth is a circular course leading […]

A Sister is a Sister, but through Alzheimer’s I’m, Losing Her Twice

A Sister is a Sister, but through Alzheimer’s I’m, Losing Her Twice

I always felt blessed to have her as an older sister. I couldn’t have asked for one more dear. Not all sisters have good relationships, but we did. Funny thing is we were often mistaken as twins. We looked somewhat alike, had the same coloring and same build. Not too complimentary to me, as she […]

Our Creative Gifts

Our Creative Gifts

We may think we do not have any creative gifts, but we do. God gives some gift or talent or skill to each of us. This morning I was reading in Cherie Burbach’s  Art and Faith book on this subject. She encourages each of us to use these God-given gifts and talks how using them […]

My New Journey

My New Journey

For the past eighteen months, I have been on a new journey. Not one I chose, but one God gave me. I have been learning how to be a widow. Now, I do not even like that word and use it only when I absolutely must. I’m sure many of you know what I’m saying. […]

FROG: Forever Relying On God

FROG: Forever Relying On God

Frogs   If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. -Exodus 2:8   Many people do not like frogs. They only gained my favor a few years ago. A friend says frogs remind him too much of the plagues which God sent to the Egyptians when Pharaoh refused […]

When Your Child Trusts More…Than You. Grace? Or Gracious!

When Your Child Trusts More…Than You. Grace? Or Gracious!

My husband and I were on a road trip when my cell phone chirped. ”Hello.” ”Mom?” ”Yes, Julie, how are you? ”I have something to tell you. I am in the middle of a miracle. I was going to call you at the end when it all worked out, but I know you like to […]