Tired of Waiting?

Romans 8: 26-28 (Translation The Message) “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knowsContinue reading “Tired of Waiting?”

Send Out Your Light and Truth

Psalm 42:3  Send out your light and your truth; they shall be my guide, to lead me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell. Light is necessary for growth. We all learned about photosynthesis in school. It’s the light that feeds the plants that creates oxygen for the rest of us. TheContinue reading “Send Out Your Light and Truth”

Being Goal #3 – Relationships

Being present to another person is one of the greatest gifts we can give especially in the age of distraction. I found it difficult as a young mother to give the kind of attention to my children that I give to my grandchildren. I had a thousand things on my mind back then – groceryContinue reading “Being Goal #3 – Relationships”

Being Goal Number 2: Self Care

We have all heard the “put your oxygen mask on before trying to help others” speech but how often do we do it? Self-care is necessary if we want to help others and we need to be serious about it. Someone once told me to think about my physical, emotional, and spiritual energy as differentContinue reading “Being Goal Number 2: Self Care”

Number 1 “Being” Goal

My number one “being” goal is to have a consistent daily prayer practice. I combine my praying with knitting for two reasons: I like to knit and I find it meditative and calming, and it becomes a visual record of my progress. If I set aside time every day to knit with God, my wholeContinue reading “Number 1 “Being” Goal”

Going Through the Trash

When we got to our grandkid’s house, the dogs had gotten into the trash. They were supposed to be in their kennels but they escaped (or a grandkid forgot to lock the doors of their kennels) and really enjoyed going through garbage. When we lived in the Netherlands, the two of us only created aContinue reading “Going Through the Trash”

Giving up stuff for Lent

Imagine taking everything out of your kitchen and putting it someplace else in your house. We recently did this because we needed to replace our kitchen cabinets and it was eye-opening. This will probably come as no surprise but we had no idea what we had hidden in all of those spaces. We had expiredContinue reading “Giving up stuff for Lent”

The Power of Music

We are visiting grandchildren. I stayed home with the nine-year-old and the two-year-old while everyone else went to baseball practice. Our job was to clean up the kitchen. As you can imagine, this is not a popular job and there were a lot of dirty dishes from the eight people who had just had dinner.Continue reading “The Power of Music”

Lament

My favorite book of the Bible is the Psalms for good reason. This ancient poetry expresses every human emotion and is especially good for the times when all you want to do is cry. The pictures coming out of Ukraine are unthinkable. A woman’s hospital bombed. Pregnant women about to give birth injured. How canContinue reading “Lament”

An Unexpected Gift

I went out for a run this morning in a strange city. There is a beautiful walkway next to a river which was pretty much deserted in the early morning except for people setting up tables and chairs outside of their restaurants. I was struggling with the heat and humidity and the fact that IContinue reading “An Unexpected Gift”