Anointed

The Spirit of The Lord God is on me, because The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. Spirit = Essential principle influencing a person Supernatural (in this case Holy) being Me = Who I am Anointed = A sacred rite of consecration Poor = Lacking adequate supply A little help…

Facing the High Wire

The tightrope – It looms ahead, very thin, strung tight. I take one step and feel the strength of the rope under my foot but am aware of the fragility of the narrow width. One must be perfectly balanced. Not my strength. Balanced on a bicycle? Oh yes! Balanced in emotions and response versus reaction?…

Missing You

One year ago tonight, I visited my dad for the last time. The last earthly chat. He didn’t say much since he wasn’t feeling well, but our silence was comfortable as always. My last time to sit chairside as he snoozed in between the sound of whizzing bullets on the TV. Without fail, our visits…

Mom’s Letter for Son 2

High school graduation tomorrow for middle son. Another milestone, another launching into the next phase of life. This morning our memories flood my brain and heart. Easy, go-with-the-flow baby. Toddler with fingers in mouth and big eyes expressing every thought. Growing boy with inner quiet but big external impact. Today I’m faced with the steps…

Beauty Defined ?

I heard on a local radio station that a woman’s most beautiful age is 29. REALLY?  Who did they poll? Wait! Don’t answer that. It’s beside the point of this post. But–again–REALLY? I’m not knocking any 29-year-olds out there, but for the babes in the woods, your beauty is just beginning. At middle age plus,…

Freefall

Six weeks ago my blog post described the unexpected emotional state I found myself in following my dad’s death. I’m still not “myself,” but I also realize I’m not entirely the same self. And that’s okay, probably good in fact. One issue I wrestle with constantly is control. I want to know what is happening…

Collected Tears

When I was a little girl, our family had a book about another little girl who cried so much her bed floated out of the house and down the street. While I loved the story, I could not identify with the main character. I rarely cried. In great part because I didn’t want to give…

Don’t Get Burned

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 Haven’t we all walked through fire and smelled the singe of our skin? Or felt the hits and the hurts that pile up on us? We have given credence to and soaked in the condemnation…

4-Letter Word of the Week

B-U-S-Y Not what you expected right? Me neither. Until it smacked me right in the face and shook me up. As a general rule, I don’t like to be smacked or shaken, but this was different. Perhaps awakening is a better description. I really try not to compare myself to others, but time and again…

R-e-g-r-e-t-s

Regrets. Feel the weight? Just reading this simple 7-letter word feels the same as an elephant sitting on my chest. Worse yet, a talking elephant that chastises me while continuing to press the breath out of my body. I’m flattened and wallowing in shame all at once. I can avoid that elephant for a time….

Embracing Damage

It’s a season of fixing. The need to fix, of course, generally means something has been broken. I have a number of things that currently require fixing, such as drywall, tile, and a few clothing items to be mended. Unfortunately, I also have a few intangible items that need fixing as well. Getting around to…