Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Several things came to mind for this blog, but the following won out. Soon I will be moving from this house, this neighborhood, and from this state. I am entering a new chapter of my life. I am returning to my ‘roots’ in northeastern Tennessee, where ancestors settled in early 1800. But I want to […]

Do I Love Like a Snowflake–Or an Oak Tree?

Do I Love Like a Snowflake–Or an Oak Tree?

Growing up in the Air Force means moving from home to home. I moved fourteen times before  I became a teenager! My parents and siblings were my anchor in constant waves of change. It was easy to make friends if we lived on the base. Everyone was in the same boat. We knew many would […]

With Friends Like These …

With Friends Like These …

The snow had just started to fall when we left church on Sunday. The forecast had called for a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain for some of the day, and it had held off until we were headed home. I was grateful. Winter weather, even though I’m used to it and grew up […]

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

I recently saw a news report about a teenager in Florida who started a club at school called, “We Dine Together”. The purpose of this club is to enure that no student eats alone during lunch time. This story moved me to tears. My heart went out to the young man who said he knew […]

Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. We’ve all heard of them. Once in a while they break through the myriad of bad news–the murders, kidnappings, jail breaks, natural disasters, political turmoil, civic unrest–and bring a bit of sunshine into our lives. Like the 19-year-old waiter who received a $1000 tip because he took time to […]

The Friend Above All Friends

The Friend Above All Friends

Most of us have had it happen…that weird moment when we realize we weren’t invited to the party or the trip or the get-together. Friends whom we thought really valued us… just…didn’t invite us…for whatever reason. Maybe they even tried to hide the event from us? We may never know. Being left out, no matter […]

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

  A girlfriend just sent this. At first, I also laughed also, but think the professor is really on to something.   An Interesting Thing about Friendship They Teach It at Stanford: In an evening class at Stanford University, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection — the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker […]

Taking Off Our Masks

Taking Off Our Masks

They say “character” is who we are when no one’s looking. But the real question is–who are we when others are looking? Are we the same person at work as we are at church? Do we treat our family members with the same respect and patience as we do our friends? When life gets tough, do we give […]

The One Thing You Already Have to Give

The One Thing You Already Have to Give

I’d been invited to a new friend’s house for coffee, and for days ahead of time, I agonized over whether I should bring something with me. Pastries? Flowers? I’m always appreciative of someone willingly opening their house to me, and she was providing coffee. I wanted to offer her a gift as well, some token […]

Shaking the Holiday Blues

Shaking the Holiday Blues

CHRISTMAS! We all have expectations of what Christmas ought to be. For some of us, the very thought of breaking out decorations, and gathering with family to share in the story of Christ’s birth makes us shimmer with excitement. While others cower at the thought of traipsing through crowded stores and crawling along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I tend […]

In All Your Getting – Get an Understanding

In All Your Getting – Get an Understanding

The word of God says, “wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7 KJV). The day after the recent Presidential election, I was in a meeting where we were encouraged to share our feelings, thoughts and reflections about the election results. I did not feel led […]

Passing on the Blessings

Passing on the Blessings

I enjoy watching the variety of birds that feed at my feeders. At times, I’ve counted nearly fifty Goldfinches clamoring for a spot or scavenging for seeds that have fallen to the ground. I’m amazed how, in a few short weeks, their bright, yellow feathers of summer are replaced by the dull, brown plumage of winter. This God-given […]

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

“I’m cold,” I told my husband. A “fixer,” he immediately rose from his comfortable recliner and turned up the heat. “I could have done that,” I said. “I just wanted you to know how I felt.”  Too often, we approach our suffering Christian friends in much the same manner. We seek the quick fix. Instead […]

Where’s Your Investment?

Where’s Your Investment?

Investing is an interesting concept. Most associate investing with finances but the truth is there are many ways that we can invest that don’t involve money at all. Jesus did it all the time. He invested in others. He spent His time committed to meeting others where they were, encouraging them when He could and […]

Love One Another

Love One Another

  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.                                         […]

Occasionally Use Words

Occasionally Use Words

There is a quote I like, one that I go back to often, that says: “Preach the gospel always. Occasionally use words.” This quote has been incorrectly attributed to Francis of Assisi, and others, and honestly, I don’t know where it came from and don’t need to know. It speaks to me even if it […]

Summer of Dreams

Summer of Dreams

The summer has come–at least for most of us. To some this may only mean a change in weather. For others it means kid are out of school. Others still will face the reality of a few months of a break before classes start again. No matter where you are or what stage of life […]

When You’ve Been Hurt

When You’ve Been Hurt

Have you ever had a past hurt resurrect itself in a way that causes hurt to someone else? Recently, a painful relationship from my past resurfaced in an unexpected way, causing me to injure a friend. All the pain and anxiety I’d previously experienced came crashing back, like a tsunami. I’d let the fear of being hurt again […]