A month or so ago I bought a kit to grow lavender. It came with a pot, soil and the tiniest lavender seeds. I love lavender, but no matter how many times I have bought lavender plants, they die. I just can’t seem to grow lavender. I thought this time would be different. Perhaps if … Continue reading Waiting
Sometimes my brain starts spinning and I begin to beat myself up internally. I start to think about all the things that I have done wrong or times that I have hurt people, deliberately or not. I think of being face-to-face with God and just lowering my head in shame because of missed opportunities. As … Continue reading What If?
This is my first Mother’s Day without my mom. It is a bittersweet day for me, because I’m sad that she is no longer within reach, so to speak, but I’m so grateful for the many years we shared together. There are a few things that I have realized about moms throughout the years: Yes, … Continue reading Mother’s Day: A Tribute to Moms
The other day a mosquito landed on me. I thought, ugh, I can’t believe they are out already! And then the thought occurred to me, ‘why would God ever create mosquitos? They are such pests!’ And then I chuckled because I had a hazelnut moment (Julian of Norwich – but not so profound). I thought … Continue reading Mosquitos and God
Two conflicting forces cannot exist in one human heart. When doubt reigns, faith cannot abide. Where hatred rules, love is crowded out. Where selfishness rules, there love cannot dwell. When worry is present, trust cannot crowd its way in. Billy Graham There’s not much to add to this one because it clearly says it all, … Continue reading Nothing much to add to this one
Sometimes I like to look at people’s faces and wonder what their life is like. What challenges have they faced? What kind of suffering did they encounter? How many disappointments did they face along the way? And what about celebrations? Where was the joy in their life? Who was with them at these happy times? … Continue reading Oh the secrets
I remember a few years back someone saw the face of Jesus on a slice of toast. Oh, there have been many sightings of Jesus’ face, on buildings, tree trunks, clouds, and so much more. Believe me, I am not making fun or doubting, because, who am I to judge, and if it reminds you … Continue reading A Slice of Toast
I spent the afternoon yesterday with my Mom who is in a nursing home with dementia. Last week she took a turn for the worse and I don’t know how many days I will have left to be with her. It’s a little difficult to communicate with her because she can’t have a conversation anymore … Continue reading Find a Faith PLEASE!
So, I’m thinking that this post is going to sound like a cross between spirituality 101 and a fairy tale. For years I have struggled with the false-self/true-self model. Not that I didn’t believe that it had validity – too many of my respected mentors speak of it, but I just couldn’t wrap my self … Continue reading I think I’ve finally found it
Ok, I drew an outline around this, but I think that we can all agree that this is a ‘heart-puddle’. It was in my driveway this morning and I had the privilege of seeing it and reflecting on it on my morning walk. You see, the more that you look, the more that you … Continue reading Do You See What I See?