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anxiety, balanced life, contentment, living for real, silence / 14.01.2016

  What would you do if you had 37 hours of silence?   I had those hours at a Silent Sanctuary Retreat last weekend. I was asked to attend as a guest, to share with the group before the silence began.   When I told people I was going to a silent retreat, I got all kinds of looks and comments.   “You? Silent? Haha!” was one.   Some others (mostly from parents of young kids) were: “That sounds amazing.” “I am jealous.” “LUCKY!”   My favorite though was, “Why?”   Why, indeed! (My answer, "Ummm. I dunno.")   Since I had never participated...

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...

acceptance, balanced life, beauty, bible, blessings, contentment, freedom, kids, life is good, living for real, love, perspective, real life, repost / 30.12.2015

  Call me a curmudgeon, but I don’t always enjoy New Year’s Eve. I can stay up until midnight with the best of them, but when it’s obligatory, I feel my rebellious nature take over and want to curl up in bed after dinner.   I think part of my ambivalence comes from the practice of making resolutions. I am a goal-setter so this should appeal to me, but I never fully embraced this ritual. From one day to the next is so arbitrary – sure it’s a new year, but...

anxiety, balanced life, bible, christmas, crying, death, depression, fear, freedom, God's light, life is good, living for real, pain, perspective, real life, suicide / 16.12.2015

  I had a tough day recently. I was tired and gloomy. I vacillated between anxiety over responsibilities and sadness over the passing of time and how futile it is to try to stop the clock. I wanted to crawl in bed and hide. I wanted to cry. I wanted to take a mental health day and escape life.   Having a personal history of depression and anxiety and a family history of suicide, I was determined to keep a straight head. I couldn’t wallow. I couldn’t let myself break...

beauty, christmas, freedom, God's light, living for real, love, perspective, repost, thanksgiving / 05.12.2015

(Thank you Chad Harnish for this beautiful photo!) October falls into our lives every year. People bemoan the end of summer. “October already!” they say. “I can’t believe it. Where did summer go?” We are repeatedly amazed that time moves so quickly.   The daylight begins to diminish and we recall that just weeks ago the sun stayed until nearly ten.   Then it’s November.   We set back our clocks and lose even more light. Dark is sneaky, slick. It enjoys surprising us. Darkness can threaten our peace if we’re not careful. We are...