This Goofy Election

I'm not sure I could come up with a quippy new anything regarding the presidential election of 2016. There have been rants, threats, aggressive tirades; there have been prayer meetings, tearful pleas, and silent protests. And my go-to response for all things contentious and conflicted? To squirm. In silence. Seeking cover and anonymity. I … Read More...

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Reinforcing Your Calling

New to the 2013 schedule, each team in the NFL plays a nationally televised Thursday night game. The preparation between the prior Sunday's game and the Thursday match-up is intense with one or more near all-nighters, but the weekend following the game becomes a mini-Bye with an enjoyable couple … [Read More...]

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I’m a Working Girl!

Well, sort of. I haven't worked outside the home since 1984, for about 20 minutes after I got married. At that time, Mike was playing for the Chicago Bears and had every Tuesday off during the season, along with most of January, February and March. We had our first child in 1986 and my life's … [Read More...]

Pulling Weeds

Here we are in America facing another senseless tragedy at the hands of a deranged killer. I've spent the last day pondering, listening and observing. I've pondered how I should 'weigh in;' I've listened to news reports, people in the grocery store and Starbucks, and even my kids; and I've observed … [Read More...]

Get Jesus Wet

Summer is here! And for me, summer means swimming. As a child, my siblings and I had the privilege of having our grandparents live right next door to us, and if that weren't fabulous enough, they built a swimming pool in their backyard for their grandkids to enjoy. My Nana taught all of us to swim, … [Read More...]

On Mothering

It has been said that we learn more from what is caught than what is taught; our actions speak so much louder than our words. This weekend, when we pause to reflect on our mothers, or ourselves as mothers, or all manner of mothering, there's a whirlwind of emotion for so many. It can be a … [Read More...]

What Was He Thinking? (Part 4)

"...Just as He said." I've been meditating on those words the angel spoke to Mary and Mary Magdalene when they went to the tomb on Sunday morning. If I were to put myself in the shoes of anyone in the Resurrection story, it would be these two women. They walked with Him, they believed in Him, and I … [Read More...]

What Was He Thinking? (Part 3)

Dread. I learned not too long ago that dread is actually fear. I never really looked at it that way, but was made aware of the fact we dread something because we fear the anticipated negative outcome we'll undoubtedly have to face. Jesus knew exactly what He was facing as the hours before His … [Read More...]

What Was He Thinking (Part 2)

  Last night we had a sweet young engaged couple over for dinner. We'll be participating in their wedding later this month and we wanted to get to know them on a deeper, more spiritual level. As I've done every morning this week I've focused on the Cross and have asked God to reveal things … [Read More...]

What Was He Thinking? (Part 1)

This is a big week for all of humanity. And it's THE week if you're a follower of Christ. In the next few days I'd like to give some insight into God's plan for us and His great love for us, as evidenced by Jesus' experiences leading up to Easter. Everything Jesus did was for a reason. … [Read More...]

Lent Enhancers

By definition, Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends Easter Sunday. In common vernacular, the purpose of Lent is to deny yourself of something in order to, in the smallest measure, be able to physically … [Read More...]

Breakthrough

Only a few short weeks ago, we welcomed our second grandchild into the world. Oshiolema ("Ollie") Michael Atogwe was born about 10 days early to our daughter Jill and son-in-law Oshiomogho. He's healthy and growing, but soooo far from us! They live in the Virginia area, which is a 3+ hour flight … [Read More...]