Nightly Prayers

You all were so kind regarding my poem, "The Gardener," that I thought I'd share another recent piece. I hope you'll enjoy, and please feel free to share your thoughts and critiques in the comments. Nightly Prayers Kneeling by her window at night Peering upward She prays Sky so high above her Starrier the longer… Continue reading Nightly Prayers

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Fasting for Spiritual & Physical Health

As I write this, I'm fasting. I wish I could say that I'm fasting to meet a great spiritual need (although sharing that with the world would be Pharisaical and defeat the whole purpose of fasting!), but honestly, I'm not. In recent months, my husband and I began incorporating intermittent fasting into our regular diet… Continue reading Fasting for Spiritual & Physical Health

Lost and Found

Last month, I misplaced a LOT of cash. But I didn't even realize I'd lost it until a few days ago, when I checked our accounts and realized that the numbers weren't lining up. Instead of redistributing the cash into various accounts we use to save for large annual expenses (propane, timeshare fees, vehicle registrations,… Continue reading Lost and Found

Memorize & Meditate: Hosea 6:3

Inspiration has struck recently in the form of verses from the minor prophets - new to me, perhaps not to you. Here's a recent one, which you can read more about in this post: Rain, Rain.... Have a lovely week, everyone! Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Hosea 6:3

Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings When I'm worried and I can't sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep And I fall asleep, counting my blessings When my bankroll is gettin' small I think of when I had none at all And I fall asleep, counting my blessings I think about a nursery And I picture curly… Continue reading Counting My Blessings

A Still, Small Voice

Selective listening: that's my term for how I choose to listen to the words of others. For a mom, selective listening works handily. I whip out that tool on a daily basis when dealing with my eight-year-old. He has a habit of calling me from the school room upstairs while I am working in the… Continue reading A Still, Small Voice

Potlucks and Praise

It's that time of year when introverts like me must face the hard fact: 'tis the season for parties and potlucks. My daughter thinks it's both sad and amusing that I look at a holiday party as something for which I must brace myself, as she LOVES getting out of the house and visiting with… Continue reading Potlucks and Praise

Love and a Christmas Program Practice

I truly enjoy teaching junior church. Okay, so the preliminaries are not always fun or convenient. It takes planning and preparation to teach a class of four-to twelve-year-olds. And as my family knows, I am not a morning person, particularly on Sundays, when I have to get up earlier than usual. Sometimes, I think it… Continue reading Love and a Christmas Program Practice

Visiting with God

My parents have just returned home to the East coast after their month-long visit. Each year, they rent a large, lovely home in a nearby town, and for that month, we divide our time between their place and ours. Time at home is busy—we pack school things, do laundry, take care of our animals and… Continue reading Visiting with God

Giving Like a Widow

My mom recently shared with me a story about my dear nana, who died when I was just eleven. In my earliest memories of her, Nana had been a widow for a good number of years, and she had adjusted well; but she struggled during the early days of her widowhood. She didn't know how… Continue reading Giving Like a Widow