reflections

And God spoke these words:  “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”  — Deuteronomy 5:16 What a powerful command concerning HONOR; not only a command…

Do you ever feel like discouragement and disappointment are threatening to take over? Do you ever feel like you’ve given your all and it’s never enough? Do you ever feel weary and ready to quit? That would be a YES for me!! Some days are just hard, aren’t they? Things said or done can make our hearts…

As I struggle some days to lay my entire self at the foot of the Cross, As I struggle some days to say “But Because You Say So, Lord, I Will”, and mean it, As I struggle some days to surrender — This prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, helps me put my desire to be wholly…

They had worked all night with nothing to show for it. They were calling it quits and washing their nets when Jesus noticed their boats at the water’s edge. People were crowding around him to hear the word of God so he stepped into the boat that belonged to Peter and asked him to push away from…

Happy Fresh Start in 2016! I don’t know about you but I’m excited for a fresh start in 2016. I don’t always do life as well as I’d like, so I sure am thankful for those opportunities to re-group and begin again. I’m ready to jump into 2016 with both feet and to keep journeying on to becoming the me I was meant to…

It’s been a decade since my 21-year-old son took his first step into Paradise and I still miss him every day. The pain is not as raw as it once was but there will always be an empty chair where he belongs; a place in our hearts that can never be filled. Every day is hard without him but the…

Have you ever had someone in your home that you couldn’t wait to invite again? Or had one that you said you’d never ask to come back? How do you think you’d be described? Which of these would you like to be? The scripture tells us over and over again that — the Lord is gracious and compassionate. Oh, how I…

We had moved from the big city to rural America where the starter homes were newly built and young families were flocking. Our little cul-de-sac of suburban life may have been like one depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting — if it weren’t for the intruders. Unfortunately our neighborhood was built in a downward slope and prone to flooding….

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