• Random

    Music in Hand

    Have you ever really looked at your hands? I mean, the way our fingers are not exactly straight so we can do things like pick up a single sheet of paper or make a fist or caress someone we love? Our hands are definitely a work of art! Sensitive. Strong. Capable. Meant for good. Did you know there are 13…

  • Journeys

    Journey in the Moment

    It’s been almost 2 weeks now since I’ve started the Joy Journey. Some things have been brought into stark relief during that time. Sure, there have been many moments of happiness, peace and yes, joy. I am grateful. Joy is there. It’s with me, thank God. There have also been moments of extreme sorrow. For instance, I found out that…

  • Journeys

    2019 One Word – JOY

    We made it! It’s a new page on the calendar! Another year has begun…Welcome to 2019. Are you ready? Every year I pick a word to focus on and watch it expand and grow in my life over the course of the year. This year the word is Joy. Joy is superior to happiness, you know. Here is a blurb…

  • Do Over
    Random

    Do Over

    It’s almost difficult to believe that another year is winding down. It seems incredible to think back on the Y2K frenzy and how many thought we were at the apocalypse! Now that is only a hazy, distant memory. Time is certainly a funny thing. And it seems at this time in the calendar it is almost a given to evaluate…

  • Random

    Let’s Hear It For Joseph…

    Most people can tell you about Mary, the mother of Jesus. It’s such a remarkable story! In our Western culture, we tend not to even blink any more if a young, unmarried woman is pregnant. No big deal, right? I mean, Hollywood types do it all the time. It’s a new “normal”. Not 2,000 years ago. This was literally a…

  • Random

    Reflections

    It is nearly Christmas. A bustling, busy time filled with family and friends. It is also a time when many feel less than jolly. I wish this was not the case. Recently I read a good book about Christmas, “An Even Better Christmas” by Mark Chandler. While many of the concepts were simple and straightforward, I enjoyed the mental picture…

  • Journeys,  Poetry

    Wishing Well

    Holly, skates and tinseled tree – Snowflakes and a sleigh, Whispers from the carols past, And time that’s flown away… The heart within me falters At remembrances so clear. Snapshots in my memory banks, Framed inside a tear. Today the ashes on the hearth, From fires’ scarves that waved, The embers in this soul of mine Lean on the One…

  • Journeys

    Perspectives

    I was thinking about how Jesus walked with friends while He was on earth. Together, the somewhat disreputable band walked for countless miles, fished, saw miracles and learned a lot. They thought they knew Him. They probably thought the miracles they had seen were the pinnacle for this itinerant preacher. Toward the end of His time on earth, Jesus knew…

  • Journeys,  Random

    Thankful

    I remember what it was like before – before I began to understand God’s love. It was a restless, driven, searching time. Many days were interesting and lively yet in the end, unfulfilling. Thankfully, now it is different. Today, years have passed. Some good, some challenging. There are people who are part of the fabric of my life who are…

  • Poetry

    Moments Live

    Misty fall outside the glass. See the pansies nod their heads. Hearing voices in my heart – Words upspoken, yet unsaid. And all the while the warmth of love Will sweep away the foggy rain. Every heartbeat keeping time Stirs with hope and move to gain. A smile curls up my lips in joy, As I ponder Your great gifts,…

  • Random

    Whew!

    Our country and its Constitution is an amazing thing. Last night a very heated, contentious election occurred. And still, even with the weeks (maybe months) of rhetoric, accusations and sheer ugliness, the election concluded. All I can say is – “Thank God!”. After all, He is in charge. Nothing really surprises Him. If putting together multiple galaxies doesn’t flummox Him,…

  • Autumn Looking Up
    Journeys,  Random

    Learning Up

    It’s cloudy and the winds are shifting today. You can feel it when you walk outside. The clouds are acrobats of grey tumbling overhead. You can almost feel the northern winds approaching, even though the temperatures are mild just now. Also today I’ve been thinking about the sovereignty of God. With our world and culture in such a state of…