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Comparison

We often fall into comparison, wanting to be “like” another person or have something(s) “like” someone else’s. It occurred to me that this curse has its roots in the Garden. When the serpent approached Eve tempting her to eat from the forbidden tree he said: “‘For God knows that in the day you eat from…

Wiring

We sat watching a new favorite television show. It’s an ongoing story of elite soldiers, their work and its impact on them and their families. I use to shy away from such dramas, but Your word tells me that You have had “valiant warriors” and “mighty men” for thousands of years. It’s hard for me…

Resolutions

At the start of a new year, we tend to make resolutions, things we’re determined to start (or stop) doing now because, after all, we should already be (or not be) doing them. Some of us don’t like to make resolutions; it seems there’re made to be broken or “re-resolved” weekly (if not daily). I’m…

Energy

Five-and-a-half-year-old Katie jumped and danced in her purple unicorn shirt with matching leggings. So much energy! I remember a day when she literally jumped up and down in place: “Why are you jumping, Katie?” “Because I like to jump” came her nearly breathless reply. I find myself wondering why so much energy is granted to…

Settling the Heart

Some of us are natural-born worriers. My mother was one; she passed the gene on to me. For those afflicted, any and everything can become a source of anxiety. There are the “normal” things to angst over: “Are my kids going to ‘make it’ in life?” “What if something horrible happens to my husband?” “Will…

The Poles

When I was a little girl we lived in a house that had a second story addition. The addition was supported by two thin green poles. One night I heard my father say he had gone to “the pole.” I was perplexed: why would he go to the pole? It was dark outside; what did…

Autumn

After a long, hot summer that kept the leaves green well into October, Autumn finally arrived. The trees wore reds from crimson to cherry, golds from saffron to mustard, oranges from apricot to pumpkin; the green of their youth forgotten. Leaves turned to brown, the wind blew, the once colorful petals flutter to the ground;…

Perseverance

In her yellow and white polka-dot overalls, I watched as eleven-month-old Janie attempted her first steps. Tentative but determined, she let go of the square, oak coffee table, took one step… “plop;” her little bottom hit the dark blue carpet. Barely pausing, she reached for the table, pulled herself up and tried again …and again…

Listening Well

Sometimes I listen well. Like the time Eloise, my 88-year-old mother-in-law stubbornly refused to see the doctor. Wrapped in her red fleece cover, feet propped up on her short cane stool with jaw set, she listened to her favorite game show in her eat-in kitchen. She flatly refused to see the doctor about her worsening…

Failure

I failed. Again. I set a goal, worked hard, gave it my best … and failed. “Nobody died,” I reminded myself. “No one’s even hurt. And Nancy, who could be upset, isn’t.” So why am I still struggling? Pride? Perhaps, but no one else knew my goal. My celebration would have been limited to a…