or Merry Crisis?

“Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed him as his counselor?” ~Isaiah 40 Gathering the lambs in his arms and carrying them close to his heart there is no more reason to fear the dark.  He is the path to understanding and meaning to the meaningless. The holidays highlight families in unity…

Separated from the stars

What has it been which has separated you from assumptive living so far?  Will you ever make a come-back?  Come back. Contamination of our beliefs, goals, sense of meaning  and purpose can quickly thrust us into the chaos and trauma of the unexpected. While counseling grief and trauma survivors, the definition for trauma will take…

not yet

I listened to an inspirational message on “joy.”  The Bible teacher made reference to living fiercely and intentionally; not in dread.  It was a well done sermon saturated in Truth, but I waited for what never came.  The missing component of “not yet.” I wished during the last 5 minutes or so of his sermon…

Keeping the porch light on.

  Waiting requires Faith. Like, keeping the porch light on. The house has shifted the last five years.  I still think 200 hundred times a day, “If I call and ask you, can you come home?” It is raining again, but I slip on my boots to trudge out to the car port since it has…

Backed into a corner

Lord, your beauties, babies and saints are backed into a corner. We are trying to be a credible resource when the world is tilted and upside down. I just spoke with my friend who incredulously retold the story of her cousin captured, murdered and his body destroyed by the enemy …Muslim, Christian, and governmental chaos…

Leave the window open a crack

For you, dear reader, because yesterday has ended and the sunrise has entered by the time you read this. And for you who are small because you are waking to the sameness of yesterday. Our enemies’ schemes won’t win.  God decides and God wins. When the window slides down to almost closed, we can still…

The lady with no eyebrows

Open our eyes with no eyelashes “I have no eyelashes or eyebrows.  I just feel part dead.  Can you help me draw on some eyebrows at least while I go through this chemotherapy?”  She continued with eyes downcast. At a high-end, anchor department store I spotted her wilted self  near the makeup triage for Lancôme,…

When we were all younger

I am alive and the 5 measurements that remind me that I am alive 5.  I met a stranger in the woods whose black lab pressed his nose into my hand.  The dog left a little, round wet spot on my palm 4.  The sound of my children’s voices soak deep.  They soothe, calm, and…

You might not want to read this.

There is no certainty for today.  In fact, that will be your new normal as a follower of Christ.  Faith carries uncertainty in its arms up the hill of sorrow. Sturdy folk march without stopping when uncertainty is screaming its head off, “Are you sure?  are you sure?” Faith and persevering is standing on God’s…

Don’t lose heart

God takes you very seriously.  He has the universe timed perfectly; yet He will not demand we choose Him or His ways.  Holy power is His by authority. We live in a culture that loves the ideas about love, peace and a higher power, but fuel only the fire of faith…having faith in faith; not…

Jot and tittle, nettles and briers

Little thorns and prickles that grow.  The jot and tittle details.  Some details we would like to not face on a regular basis.  Usually hope can overcome these nettles and briers. There are moments we can not overcome or bounce back so we stand teary-eyed with bleeding palms.  Unfortunately these moments do not come in…