Tag: spiritual growth

Very simply… this.

The Spirit blows where She wills. I will hope and pray and keep listening.

Back-to-Something-Else

  For the first time in 21 years, neither one of our daughters are going back-to-school. Both are college graduates. Both are making inroads on the job market. Both are strong, lively, caring young women. But there’s no “Back-to-School” this year. It’s now “Back-to-Something-Else”!…

Back to my roots

     A wise woman once said to me that there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these, she said, is roots, the other, wings. Quoted by Hodding Carter in “Where Main Street Meets the River”…

Baby Goats and Sunshine

Friday afternoon I snuggled a kid. She nuzzled into my arms and contentedly looked at the world around her. I didn’t know goats would cuddle! I thought of them more as the Tigger-y type, bouncing and jumping around. And they do. But they also…

Friday Five: Push or Pull?

The traffic crawled for over a mile this afternoon and this was most of what I could see: It was the inspiration for this week’s Friday Five (which I’m hosting this week over at RevGals). Play along if you’d like! I am fortunate to…

Safety Recall: Hurry Up and Wait

The other day I went for my “free” recall repair of a defective airbag assembly in my trusty Honda Pilot. The repair came with a “free” loaner car. What wasn’t so free was the time I spent waiting… For the rental car company to pick…

Dragon Repellent (And other ways we face our fears!)

Many, many years ago, one of our daughters would wake up in a full-blown panic, calling for us: Mommy! Daddy! Dragons! Dragons! Mommy! Daddy! Dragons! Dragons!  Tears on her face, she would curl up against us, while we tried to soothe her. She didn’t want…

“Never Stop Improving” – When life is more than a home improvement store

We recently went through ten weeks of a major home remodeling project. We are thrilled with the outcome — all bathrooms are updated, and more importantly, repaired. (There are no more leaks into my living room. This is a good thing.) There is a…

The last days of Lent

It is only mid-April. We have the hints of spring here and there. Last night we had a hard freeze, which meant that the most vulnerable of my plants needed protection from the cold. While I could move the planters into the garage or…

Resistance is… Necessary

The Borg say, “Resistance is Futile.” I think a truer statement is actually “Resistance is NECESSARY!”  During the warm-down period at the end of my deep water work out class on Monday, I was thinking about this concept of “resistance.” (I have these profound thoughts…

Life’s an Edit, and then you publish.

This week I’ve spent more hours than I want to admit reading, writing and shaping a paper on Baptist history and polity. (Ain’t gonna lie, some of the brethren and “sistren” write some mighty dull stuff!) It’s been important reading though and worth every…

A Psalm of New Growth

One of the reasons I love spring so much are these days of fast growth and change in my garden. Things that were brown vines and naked trees are shoving out new growth. This vine for my trumpet vine was literally brown and dead-looking…

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