Through the course of my lifetime, there have been catastrophic tragedies of incredible magnitude, both on a local and global level. While I was moved with compassion for the victims of the devastating earthquake of 1989, it wasn't until I actually lived in California that the reality of it hit home to me. As for the recent tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and more recently in Japan, I confess that I … [Read more...]

A Heart Like Hers

Luke 1:38 "Then Mary said to the angel, 'I am the Lord's maidservant. May it be according to your word.' And the angel departed from her" It's Christmas time. The best time of year for so many reasons, not the least of which is the opportunity to discuss my favorite Biblical character, Mary. Every Christmas pageant and every nativity scene portrays the young mother as a voiceless, ethereal … [Read more...]

I Hear Ya

Have you ever wished God would just write a note on your bathroom mirror? I’ve said that so many times when I was really seeking an answer to something. This past summer, after  a visiting minister at our church referenced his conversations with God every day, I left that service with a longing to hear God’s voice. So I started asking God to make it more obvious when He was speaking to me. … [Read more...]

Worried Prayers

In my last blog, I mentioned that I'd write next about the importance of praying faith-filled prayers, instead of the worried prayers we so often throw up to God. I've been mulling over my thoughts, wondering how I would convey the concept without sounding too preach-y or methodical. I sat down to write it a couple times, but left it unfinished ~ waiting until it was more inspired. Well, … [Read more...]

This I Know…

It's the morning after the most divisive presidential election of my lifetime, and half of the country is in a panic, and the other half of this nation is elated. I have avoided posting my personal opinions on social media, preferring instead to stand tall in the face of division and point us toward unity. And that's exactly what I'll continue to do. Irrespective of which side of the political … [Read more...]

Rise Up…On Our Knees

Unless you've just landed here in America from another planet, you're intensely aware that there is a very important election coming up on November 6. I abstain from making quippy comments about candidates, or even 'liking' snarky statements on Facebook. As an American citizen, I feel the political arena has become so disappointing. In my opinion, our nation's leaders have completely lost sight of … [Read more...]

Rejoice for Others

The beautiful Jack Nicklaus-designed neighborhood our rented home is in has been the setting for so many life lessons and God whispers as I sauntered up and down it's streets over the last year and a half. I think about how fragile and stung I felt a year ago, half-fearing the impending change of season, bracing myself for the worst. Looking back, I can still rather vividly feel the progression of … [Read more...]

Rough Rider

This past weekend I drove and drove and droooove up to see Matt in Regina, Saskatchewan, to deliver his car to him and sneak a peek into his new surroundings. And while I was gone, I learned (or re-learned) a bit about attitude. In my last couple posts, I alluded to the number of trips I've recently taken by car. I've been across the dairy farms of Wisconsin multiple times, even made the 16 hour … [Read more...]

Reflections from a Quiet Home

It has been a little over a week since Matt left, and it's quiet. I was trying to remember the last time I was in an eerily quiet home, and I don't think I ever was. Our home in California was under construction for a couple years, and I don't need to tell you that is very NOT QUIET. Before that, I had momentary silent days, but never for long stretches. So....this is what an empty nest feels … [Read more...]


There was one lonely set of tracks up and down the hill this morning. As I did my running early, my 'trainer' was home throwing the last few essentials in the suitcase for his big doings up north. He headed up to Saskatchewan today, a little nervous and  alot excited ~ all at the same time ~ ready for the challenge of the Canadian Football League. I made mention in the last post that I've … [Read more...]