20 years later

As I watch footage, interviews, and reminisce on 9/11/01, I am struck by the tiny significant moments of sacrifice and kindness. Many, many more would have lost their lives on that day if it were not for those who instinctively fought and reached out a hand. And in the days after, so many gave of…

The save and the release

I need saving! I need saving… mostly from myself. Do you feel me? Can you relate? In this moment of reflection, I lift up my praise to the One who cares and the One who saves. Praise Jehovah! Praise the God who saves! Blessed be the Lord—day after day he carries us along.He’s our Savior,…

Instead, pray

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your…

Love is not

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. To love someone is to accept that person exactly the way he or she is right here and now.” // Mister Rogers

Slap in the face

Yesterday was an in-my-head kind of day. I spun the most outlandish stories from things that I was concerned about because I had no answers or resolution. It was exhausting… And frustrating because there was absolutely NO REASON for me to do so. I trapped myself in a web of insecurities, exaggerations, and baseless claims….

Approach God

If anything, the events of this past week (on top of 2020) should have us clinging to God. For me personally, the week has included the infiltration of COVID-19 into my family. I have been quarantined and received a negative test result, yet I’m not sure how accurate it was with almost everyone being positive….

Love yourself

Today is International Self Care Day. Do you find it hard to time time for self care? Is it because you simply cannot find time in the day with “all the things” of life piling up? Maybe you find it a bit selfish? Or is it a deeper issue of self love? Then one of…

Compassion

“COMPASSION means ‘to suffer with’. Not pity. Not sympathy. Not saving. But co-suffering. It’s a visceral desire to be with each other in the pain and a vital longing for new possibilities together.” // Jay & Katherine Wolf, Hope Heals Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,…

Back to himself

We never saw this coming. Every single one of us is affected. Things could look bleak. Yet… there is good in the unknown. Today we sit in “social distancing” mode, actively waiting to see how the Coronavirus/COVID-19 will spread. Each day it gets worse, yet with practical steps like good hygiene and not gathering in…

No good very bad days

I have not started my work year off well! Honestly, Friday was baaaaad – mostly my attitude. Total grump for multiple “No good, very bad day” reasons! So I made every effort over the weekend to exercise, be in nature, sleep well, rest, hang with family and get into the Word. It truly was a…

Cold wind blows

I stand at the beach as brisk cold winds blow seaweed, branches and sea foam about. The water churns and white-capped waves hit the shoreline. I am nearly blown off balance and hold tight to my cap. At once, I must firmly stand on both feet and am drawn to the assurance that comes from…

How great

How great is my God, and how I love to sing His praises! Whereas I am often frightened when I think about the future and confused and disturbed by the rapidly changing world around me, my heart is secured and made glad when I remember how God has cared for me  throughout the past…  …