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…

Psalm 51 Sinks In

Another morning of self-evaluation. Another morning of mentally reviewing shortcomings and imagining what I might have done, said, chosen differently so that next time I’m better prepared. Today I have some really specific things I’m sorry about, that I need to repent of and turn away from. I start the familiar dialogue with God thanking…

Deliberate Hope

Deliberate. My word for 2021. Like so many, I’m not entirely sorry to wave 2020 goodbye. It’s not been easy or comfortable and I find myself shaking my head all too often. There is so much I cannot control. Or even make sense of. But as I play the 2020 tape in my head, I…

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…