I set my coffee mug down on the table in front of me and reached for my Bible. Finding the frayed brown ribbon that “marks the spot,” I located the place in Psalms where I had last finished reading. I fastened my eyes on Psalm 27 and forced the ancient words into focus. But halfway through the chapter I realized I… Read More
When You Just Don’t Like Someone
“I understand some people may see things differently than my husband does. And I understand there may be disagreements and problems to work through. But what hurts me most is when I hear that some people ‘just don’t like’ my husband…their pastor!” Even though I could not see the young woman on the other end of the telephone conversation, I knew… Read More
Why Listening Friends are My Favorite Friends
My favorite friends are the ones who listen to me, really listen. Of course, at this point, all of my friends have become excellent listeners out of necessity. For a couple of years there recently I must have spent hundreds of hours sitting across a table from one friend or another pouring out my heart, crying a few tears and… Read More
Looking for Another Pea for Your Pod?
Do you have friends…but wish you had different ones? Seriously. Maybe you have friends, but none of them are just, you know, like you. When I was in my late twenties and early thirties I absolutely pined for a close friend around my age. I wanted a gal who would throw diaper bags and snacks for her preschoolers into my… Read More
Whose Responsibility is It Anyhow?
I had worked myself into a tizzy. Sitting across the sticky table from my husband, I clenched my hands tightly in my lap and turned to focus my watery eyes on the empty table beside us. We had walked together to the diner for a fun breakfast, but my husband had already offered to take a separate route home. That’s how… Read More
I’d Like to Give You a Gift for Your Gab!
I’d really like for you to talk to me today. And for taking just a minute or so to leave me a thoughtful comment, you will be entered in a drawing for one bountiful, beautiful gift and five more smaller but meaningful gifts. What are we talking about? Grief. Specifically good grief. It’s been said that grief is the one journey… Read More
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