Encouragement · Hope

Better Things Ahead: Quote, Graphic, and Reflection

While I do not know exactly where my fear was born, discovering it, acknowledging it, and stepping through it was necessary to extinguish it. Fear can stymie faith and fan doubt into flame. No matter how you frame the experiences of life, it is important to assess your fears. Measure the validity of the fear,…… Continue reading Better Things Ahead: Quote, Graphic, and Reflection

Encouragement · Faith · wisdom

The Power of the Stare

The Greek word for fix, used in this scripture, means to look away from all else. In other words, to trust Jesus as the supplier of all our needs means we will stop turning to false substitutes. My dog knows what she wants, but she also knows who will help her with what she wants. When she wants eggs, she doesn’t go to my bathroom and stare at the bathtub. She stays in close proximity to the one she knows can deliver the eggs to her bowl. Her attention is affixed; her expectations are high. Oh that we might be like my dog! I know that is a strange statement, but I am here for it. I want to keep my attention fixed on the One I know can help. The substitutes always leave me empty.

Encouragement · wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

Integrity: soundness of moral character; honesty.Integrity: how you behave when no one is looking.Integrity: choosing right when no one is there to hold you accountable. Several years ago, my youngest cleaned out his binder, and the result was an enormous stack of papers piled on a bar stool and a little bit of personal anxiety.…… Continue reading Wednesday Wisdom

Encouragement · Hope

Quarantine Chronicles 8.0 [Hoarding]

We have witnessed our fair share of hoarding during quarantine. It started with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, but it did not take long for canned goods and meat to be added to the list of “hard to find” items. The nation responded with a mix of irritation and justification. If you had the sacred…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 8.0 [Hoarding]

Community · Encouragement

Quarantine Chronicles 5.0 [Broken]

I have reached the “even my comb has given up” level of quarantine, and it probably is not why you think. My hair has not become one big matted mess that my comb could not handle—although I am beginning to wonder if people see Forrest Gump [running across America] when they see me.   While…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 5.0 [Broken]

Encouragement · Hope · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

If given the option, I would defer to the easy path and avoid the messy middle. Pain is not appealing when comfort is available. My guess is that you would lean the same direction. We are living in a time when we have no choice but to be encircled by the unexpected. Expect the unexpected…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

Community · Encouragement

Quarantine Chronicles 3.0 [Who Knew?]

Well, here we are wearing the same outfits and running out of give-a-cares. We are still in search of the toilet paper we will NEVER again take for granted, and we have added hairstylist to our impressive resumes. Election campaigns have quieted, and GPA now stands for global perspective adjustment. This is QUARANTINE 2020. Who…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 3.0 [Who Knew?]

Encouragement · Grace

Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

As an English teacher, the idea of narratives is ever on my mind and infused into conversations. It’s easy to discuss and analyze a dynamic character; what motivates the character to action, what lie does the character believe, and what is the catalyst for their ultimate change? I think we instinctively do that in life.…… Continue reading Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday: April Edition

Moment of Truth Monday: I am the student who sometimes requires a do-over. As much as I long to learn concepts the first time, certain lessons just don’t stick. While I used to begrudge my “slow” learning style, I’ve come to appreciate that some lessons are worth repeating. I originally wrote a version of this…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: April Edition

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday: February Edition

She shifted direction and headed straight for the flowerbed–instead of the car. Observing her movements, curious about the sudden pull toward the plants, I was alarmed to see her bend down and break the stem of a plant in my humble [little] garden. The sound of my panicked voice filled the space between us as…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: February Edition