The Ultimate Misfit

One Christmas morning I was up before the birds and all in the house was quiet as a mouse. I was sad, rejected, a misfit because there were certain relationships within my family strained and almost nonexistent. My children and I were were separated by many American miles. As I sat in the silence of…

Share Your World Challenge

The Share Your World Challenge (SYW) hosted by Cee Neuner, gives writers a place to congregate and “shoot the breeze.”  Each week, on Monday, Cee proposes four questions and welcomes us into her cyber living room to discuss and share our unique answers.  I would like to give a “heads up” or an “alert,” if…

How About Those Bulbs!

Daily Proverb:  If you are too lazy to plow in the right season, you will have no food at the harvest. Today’s proverb reminds me of my bulb story.  (true story) I had high hopes for the bulbs I held in my hands.  As I went to the register to pay for my treasures I…

Nuggets of Wisdom

I thought it would be interesting to start a series from Solomon’s book of Proverbs.  What is a proverb?  Well according to the NLT Bible,  “A proverb is a short, concise sentence that conveys moral truth.”   To paraphrase, a proverb is a nugget of wisdom, and when used makes our life better.  Knowledge is good,…

But…I Really Want to Eat It

This morning I got up, stepped on the scale and said, “Why is this happening to me!” I have been very diligent in exercising.  Most days I run/walk 5 miles a day.  My weekly goal is to do at least 25 miles per week. Since I’ve been on this regime I’ve lost a tad over…

Leaving Our Comfort Zones

Mountains of faith rise from the valleys of failure.   –Mart Dehann Don’t hate your failures, learn from them. This looks good on paper, but let’s face it, most of us hate failure.  I know I do.  I’m pretty tolerant of other people’s failure…it’s mine that I despise. Failure is embarrassing, and what if people laugh…

Remember What I Have Told You

Sometimes it’s just too easy to forget, and the older I get the more this becomes my super-power. I feel confident my friends over fifty can relate…hmmm…unless, of course, they have forgotten how often they forget. It’s true, I walk into a room and forget my reason for being there.  I stand blank-eyed, trying to…

The Verdict Is In…Guilty!

Look at the lilies and how they grow.     Jesus once said, “Consider the lilies and how they grow.” After reading this I began to consider these beautiful flowers. I pictured them growing alongside the white fence in our backyard.  I thought the splash of color they would bring against the white would be breathtaking.  Little…

Don’t Always Assume the Worst

“And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat so that it was already becoming filled.”  (Mark 4:37) *** I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have wanted to be a rider in the boat above! First of all, I’m not a very good swimmer. …

Disappear From Sight

Have you ever had to eat your words? I’m sure I have, but at the moment, nothing comes to mind.  Perhaps, even if I could, I wouldn’t share as “eating your words” is considered quite distasteful. Often, the words we have to eat are bitter. I believe the words we say never disappear.  They linger…