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balanced life, heart, kids, life is good, living for real, love, marriage, perspective, prayer, run, suicide, thirst / 08.06.2017

I’m drained and exhausted. Tedious tasks scream to be tackled. Nothing is wrong. Nothing is really wrong. But the world around me is demanding my attention and time. And my attention is feeble. My energy and focus are depleted. I try to center myself, to embrace my mess. The segments of my day, the chunks of time, crumble. I try to sweep up bits and minutes for use, but scraps are all that are left. I walk away from the mess beaten.   Yesterday was my twentieth wedding anniversary. Going...

courage, golden rule, grace, kids, make a difference, perspective, prayer / 09.04.2016

A friend of mine hangs out on a street corner each weekday morning, with her grandsons and other kids waiting for school buses. Some of the children lack decent housing because their home was condemned. Some are refugees from Malaysia. They are open and honest with one another on that corner, and often pray and read the Bible together.   Some days, my friend is loud and crazy with them, when there’s a beautiful sunrise for example. I believe this, as she has an exuberant personality and speaks constantly of God’s goodness and majesty.   At the corner across the street stand several teens, who are usually silent and sullen. Recently, one of the teenagers lost it, screaming at my friend for staring at him, for getting in his face. He said he hated her, hated old people, hated her God.   At first, she walked across the street and offered him some chocolate. He kept yelling, so she backed off. For the next few days, she was shaken, so she prayed and wondered how to respond.
beauty, blessings, courage, crying, disappointment, fear, grace, kids, living for real, love, pain, parenting, perspective, prayer, real life / 06.01.2016

When friends struggle, it's common to say, "Let me know if there's anything I can do for you." We say that when we don't know what to do or say. I added to that recently, "Do you want me to come over? I can." She said yes and gave me a priceless gift and many lessons.     Thank you, my friend, for letting me walk this journey with you. Thank you for saying yes when I asked if you needed anything. You let me in to see your devastation. You welcomed my presence, even...

anxiety, contentment, courage, crying, fear, kids, parenting, prayer / 14.09.2015

  I just drove past the elementary school and had to choke back my tears. The swings are still. The slides empty. The mulch undisturbed. No monkeys are on the monkey bars.   The summer humidity has broken. The temperature sits at a near-perfect 70. The corn is being cut and the breeze brings the smells of fall. If ever there could be a better “play outside day” I can’t imagine it.   So why the barren playgounds? All the children are being kept indoors, I guess.   Friday morning, it was a bomb threat.   Last night,...

balanced life, bible, freedom, prayer / 25.08.2015

  I woke up too early. I tripped down the stairs and lay flat on the floor to stretch my perpetually sore back and sleep a few more minutes (a lot more minutes).   Once I was in the exquisite, almost-asleep-fluffy-cloud-unicorn-rainbow state of mind where life is at its best…   Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.   The buzz of a mosquito interrupted my zen floor moment.   My happy balloon popped and I flailed my arms around, break-dance style, trying to swat the pest.   Darn mosquito! Disrupting my back-stretching sleep! Gah!   The power of that buzz was much stronger than my will....