About My Dad

As I was cleaning the kitchen after my parents left to go back home, I saw my dad’s deck of cards (he loves to play solitaire) on a side table I have in the kitchen. He must have forgotten to pack them. As I was about to put them away, I stopped myself. I felt such an overwhelming nostalgic feeling …

Living Captured

We were two hours into our well-deserved family vacation en route to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee where we had rented a cabin for a couple of days. It had been two years since the last time we had taken a family vacation and with one of our boys gone to Germany for holiday; the remaining three of us didn’t …

Let’s Talk About Distractions

Some years ago I wrote a little poem about distractions.  At the time I was in the middle of a very busy and stressful schedule and felt I was going to lose my mind.  Instead of lashing out at those around me out of frustration, I put my thoughts to ink and paper. 

Shortcuts

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines shortcut as: a method or means of doing something more directly and quickly than and often not so thoroughly as by ordinary procedure. I was driving on my way to work a few days back with a world of thoughts running through my mind. There was enough traffic to make anyone annoyed and grumpy. However, the …

To Be a Part of Something Great

When I was a teenager in high school, I remember wanting desperately to be a part of the school choir. I knew I could try out if I wanted to, but because I was still learning to speak English, I felt I didn’t stand a chance. It was during my senior year that something amazing happened to me. I went to the …

In You All Along

Last night I watched a sweet little modern day fairy tale about a girl named Penelope (written by Leslie Caveny).  She was born to a wealthy family who had a dirty little secret; it seems her great, great, great grandfather fell in love with a servant girl.  This relationship brought shame to his parents until, feeling the reproach of his …

Power of Listening

If I was Paul or if I had anything to do with the writings in the New Testament, I would have added a whole lot of extra gifts to the line up of spiritual gifts. I am one of those people who truly believes we have all been gifted by God with some talent, whether we choose to exercise it …

Who’s Smarter?

My husband amazes me! He is the kind of person who can self teach himself anything he sets his mind to. He is brilliant, wise and patient. He told me once that his father gave him this advice when he was young; “Brian, if you don’t know how to do something and someone asks you, if you can, you say …

Changing My Heart

I was listening to the song “Who You Are” by the contemporary Christian music group 4 Him. This has been a favorite song to me for some time now. I decided to recite the words to myself while listening to the song. There is just something about reciting the words to a meaningful song; it takes you beyond the melody …

On Family and Laxatives

I love my family!  I enjoy spending time with them talking, playing games, praying together, singing and playing musical instruments, as well as cleaning, and even doing nothing together-the doing nothing together can be challenging.  I am of the belief that there is always something you can be doing.  My boys don’t agree…