Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

Graduation, New Normals, and Helping Loved Ones When It Hurts

Hello! Man alive, it’s been a while. I have missed you!

Graduaiton diploma

For the last six weeks, I’ve been held captive by the vast and beautiful whirlwind that was our oldest son’s high school graduation.

For some, this may not seem like a big deal. It’s a “been-there-done-that” event. For you, it may not have been an all-consuming occasion. It was just another party—just bigger, with a lot more people and food and beverages, and, and, and.

For the rest of us—namely me—it’s a different story. Continue reading “Graduation, New Normals, and Helping Loved Ones When It Hurts”

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Gutted by Fire

We don’t have to stay charred, burned out, gutted shells void of purpose and vitality!


This photograph stopped me in my tracks.

I couldn’t look away.

Every detail seared into my brain.

I didn’t even realize the effect it was having on me until silent tears splashed onto the back of my hands. Continue reading “Gutted by Fire”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

Run Your Race!

IMG_5766Isn’t vacation is supposed to be relaxing? Revitalizing? Refreshing?

IMG_0476(1)I just got home from vacation—a week in the Arizona sun. And once again I found myself seduced by the desert; mesmerized by the wide variety of cactus and other desert plants; and captivated by the landscape. But this time, I was challenged in ways I could never have predicted… Continue reading “Run Your Race!”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

January’s Lesson

Hebrews 4.13

The Vibrant Relevance of God’s Word nailed me last week! And I didn’t even feel the blow until later when it started to sting.

Continue reading “January’s Lesson”

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What have you learned this January?

resolutions derailedI am so very sorry for my silence. I ask for your forgiveness.

As you know, last month was a doozy for me. I fought to keep a positive attitude. Willed it is more accurate. But the truth is, I was wearier than I have been–well since I can remember. These last few weeks, I didn’t have the energy, strength, or mental capacity to write or read much of anything. I journaled, I prayed, I rested.

I needed a break. I needed to take some time to be refreshed. I needed to get my head and heart right. And I needed to catch up on my other responsibilities–you know those ones you push off to the side saying, I’ll get to that later when the dust settles a little. Yeah, those. Unfortunately, I had a month’s accumulation of “those.” But hey, who needs clean socks and underwear anyway?

But I’ve missed you and I’m thrilled to have the strength to write again! My heart is filled with joy and anticipation as I prepare the things God has laid on my heart this past month. To take the mound of notes, ideas, and jottings written on scraps of paper collecting on my desk and formulate them into something intelligible and worthy of sharing. To discover God’s Vibrant Relevance in our daily lives.

But before I give too much away, I want to pose a question to you. I asked this on my FB author page and my Instagram page:

What did you learn in January?

From many people I’ve talked to, January didn’t go as we planned. Every effort to stay on track, keep going, or get started seemed to throw us backward rather than propel us forward. Unforeseen challenges got in the way. Circumstances beyond our control kept us from pursuing the goals we’ve laid out and broken down.

So now what?

Rather than feeling discouraged and giving up, what options do we have?

After I finish writing Tyler’s story, I’m going to tackle this. But I would love to hear what you’ve learned and incorporate your lessons into that post. You’re welcome to comment on this post or via email if you wish to remain anonymous. I believe learning from each other makes us better and gives us more information to make wise choices and readjustments when needed.



One more thing.

Meet Chloe, the newest member of our family. You can bet she will be featured in several posts in the near future. The inspiration she offers is bountiful! Look at that mischievous face–good things she’s cute. HA!



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I Resolve To…(part 2–No Excuses)

new yearsAs I stated in, I Resolve To…part 1:

The dominant challenge we face when striving to obtain a goal or make a life change is OURSELVES.

But if you don’t allow yourself to make excuses or look for a back door, you’ll be much, much more successful. AND if you choose to look at multiple sources of data, you’ll have a more complete picture of the situation and be able to measure your progress better. (I’ll share a personal example in a bit.) Continue reading “I Resolve To…(part 2–No Excuses)”

Christmas, Give Away, My Story

MERRY CHRISTMAS! And New Things for the New Year!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I am so very thankful for you! There are no words to describe the affection I have for you.

The last four months have been a whirlwind! Not just in launching this blog, but also in learning tech tricks and terminology I never knew existed. Baby, I’m living proof Old Dogs can learn new tricks! Continue reading “MERRY CHRISTMAS! And New Things for the New Year!”

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Where Are You Chrsitmas?

Where are you Christmas tree

Are you having a hard time getting into the Christmas Spirit this year?

I am.

I confess: I’m struggling!

And I feel guilty that I’m not experiencing the same emotions I usually experience. I feel like I should be excited; I should be full of anticipation, awe, and wonder.

But I’m not.

And forcing it—well, I feel fake.

Instead, I’m feeling overwhelmed, overextended; and to be sincerely honest, Continue reading “Where Are You Chrsitmas?”

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Our Best For Him–Even when You Don’t Feel Your Best


Being sick sucks!

Wouldn’t you agree?

It takes more than it gives and when it’s over, you have to play catch-up.

For two weeks now a virus has had its way with my family. We’ve dropped one-by-one, like dominos falling in slow motion. Continue reading “Our Best For Him–Even when You Don’t Feel Your Best”

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Some Days Don’t Go As Planned…

coffee cup

My last several days have not gone as planned. Do you ever have that?

I know you know what I’m saying. I see your hands raised. I hear you shout, “Same!”

You lay out your plans; you create your to-do lists, you set your schedules, and get everything in order to make it all past-tense…and then— Continue reading “Some Days Don’t Go As Planned…”