The Renovation

I love my new house.  It’s just the right size for my family.  Not too big, not too small.  Towering trees transforming the yard into a forest.  Nature framed like a masterpiece through walls of windows and sliding glass doors.  Imported tile that, as my husband loves to point out, allows me to literally walk … More The Renovation

Hard-wired for Truth

I had the Word of God in the Scriptures, speaking to my soul. I had the tradition of the Church Fathers guiding my mind. I had the practices of daily prayer, sacrifice, and worship building my strength. All that was left was my heart. This post is a continuation of One Prayer, One Answer and … More Hard-wired for Truth

Dear Busy

Dear Busy, We need to talk.  I can see that you need some attention.  But you are begging the wrong person for it.  Maybe you were hoping it wasn’t true, but we broke up.  We’re through.  Over.  Done with. Yes, I think about you now and then.  But I only need small doses of you … More Dear Busy

Breathe

I have asthma.  It’s not super serious – I’ve never actually passed out or wound up in the hospital.  But I have had extreme shortness of breath, causing me to stop everything else just to concentrate on bringing air into my lungs.   I take a daily medication so it doesn’t become critical.  To keep it … More Breathe

The Plateau

The path to eternity starts at the base of a mountain. From the beginning of the path, we look up towards heaven. The steep climb looks impossible. Some just never attempt it.  What’s the use? Some convince themselves they can do it. They can do anything if they just try. If they want it bad … More The Plateau

I Trust You More

Note to self:  You ARE capable of trusting what you cannot see. I used to really love roller coasters.  Something about the anticipation that builds as I wait in line, inching closer as the mighty beast roars over my head chased by screams of panic and delight.  I craved the adrenaline rush of conquering fear … More I Trust You More

The Gift of Grace

It came into my inbox, almost two months after I thought the pressure of gift giving was over.  But there it was – I was faced with the challenge of a white elephant gift exchange.  I’ll be honest, these things stress me out.  Not because I don’t like giving gifts, but because I don’t like … More The Gift of Grace

A Greater Reward

I am a seasoned expert at pouting.  I know how to do it in every form.  There’s the “hissy fit” that comes with a high-pitched voice and some excellent foot-stomping.  There’s the “heavy sigh” that usually includes a good eye roll.  There’s the “fat lip” followed by slumping shoulders.  I’ve even mastered the “fake happy” … More A Greater Reward