A Blessed Mother

I went to a funeral today.  A good friend’s mother passed away this past week.  I did not know her well, but I went to the funeral out of respect for my friend and her family.  It was a grave-side funeral, not a lot of pomp and circumstance, no limousines, fancy suits or dresses.  A […]

Repurposing People and Things

I’ve always enjoyed being creative with old things such as furniture.  I guess it all started with not having the money for high-end merchandise, and settling for quaint and unique instead.  Quaint can be done on a budget and some creativity.  Unique can be quite valuable for those who haven’t a creative bone in their […]

Auctions

  The carpenter came today to do several  repairs and some incomplete finish work that wasn’t done during the last renovation.  We went to my trusty storage shed and pulled out crown molding I had purchased during an auction several years ago, and I remembered back to when I got it.  It is very high-dollar […]

Letting Go 2

Yesterday, I talked more about letting go of old projects that had run their course, and we best let go of them.  I’ve been thinking about the spiritual side of letting go, and I want to discuss a valuable principal I have learned about how prayer is answered and how God works with us. I […]

Letting Go

I’m presently visiting at my son’s home.   Everything is neat and in its place.  There is no clutter.  I look in the freezer and there is only a week’s supply of food.  My daughter-in-law either throws stuff out or  gives it away–anything that is not used recently. In contrast, I save favorite books, paperwork, last […]

Betrayal

I was so glad I was away from home visiting with a younger grandson when I got the call.  It gave me to chance to collect my thoughts and plan my reaction.  The call told of a recent betrayal by someone close to me.  I wasn’t surprised.  I had seen the little red flags, but […]

The Dark Night of the Soul

The dark night of the soul, almost everyone experiences it but few talk about it.  Perhaps they are unaware of how to identify, much less understand it.  It has been described as “a spiritual depression,” “a spiritual detoxification,” a ” long winter of the soul.”  When it happens, a person feels alone, drained of energy, […]

Waiting

It seems I have been waiting my whole life.  Waiting to grow up, graduate, and leave home.   Waiting for the right man to come along and sweep me off my feet.  Waiting those long months to have a baby.  Waiting to finish college.  I have not always waited well.  I have stressed, groaned and wrestled […]

The Golden Years

I taught/preached in a nursing home for about two and a half years.  I was invited to bring the Sunday service, because they couldn’t keep a college student or find anyone else.  Fine self-esteem booster, right?  Let me explain.  The college students didn’t want to be responsible for showing up every Sunday morning when they […]

Carnival Time

The carnival came to town this weekend.  My grandson and I took his son to the carnival.  The five-year-old child has a heart condition that is slowly repairing itself; the weather was hot, the noise crazy loud, so we told him to pick one ride and we would walk around a bit afterward. He instantly […]

Putting Others First

I grew up in a time when the needs of others were important, especially to my mother in regard to her  children.  If there wasn’t enough food on the table, then Mama would give her portion to us children, just mentioning she wasn’t too hungry that day.  Her older daughters got to borrow her pair […]