Last Sunday morning at my local church, visiting Pastor Dustin White from Radial Church passionately (you had to be there) preached from James 1 on what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Simply put, the opening verses to the book of James informs that discipleship will bear witness to... Continue Reading →
Marriage and family systems therapist, Dr. Cecil Bergen, was one of the most gifted instructors in my masters of counseling program. Bergen fostered an appreciation for systems theory, helping me to grasp its efficacy for healing groups, dysfunctional families, and struggling marriages. Regarding people in crisis, I'll never forget Bergen leaning forward during a lecture,... Continue Reading →
While voices in power from the left and the right continue to denigrate one another, let's make it a new year's goal to seek out voices of compassion and civility. Sometimes we just need someone to help us shut out the pejorative noise. Humanitarian and spiritual director Jean Vanier is often that voice for me.... Continue Reading →
Even my son Brian remembers them and it's been about 20 years since he ate one. Heavenly diamond shaped butter and cream cheese dough pastries with a dab of fruit filling in the middle. Brian fondly recalls cherry. I have a strong memory of apricot. My Mom's family Christmas gatherings wouldn't be the same without... Continue Reading →
Almost a year ago, I honored the life and passing of Don Reinhart and so many friends who were suffering from loss of loved ones. I recently spoke with Don’s wife, Jan, who is valiantly walking through this painful journey. For Jan and others, this season warrants a life reset with one person painfully missing from the family portrait. Interestingly, this piece about grief was 2016’s most viewed and shared post on my blog.
“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” C.S.Lewis in A Grief Observed
I’m a bit of an eclectic reader, so I’m not surprised that I picked up a book that I knew might depress me. It turned out to be one hard read.
Only Spring is the journal of a father who lost two sons: one to suicide at the age of 22 and the other to leukemia at age 6. You can only imagine the pain that bled through each page.
At different times throughout the book I asked myself, why am…
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Just a few days ago I was bemoaning the fact that I "needed" to come up with not one, but two Christmasy outfits. After all, we would be attending both the Christmas Eve service and Sunday morning worship on Christmas Day. Wanting to be extra-holiday-ish, I complained that I owned only one festive outfit. And... Continue Reading →
English novelist and poet Dinah Craik got it right when she wrote "a way to an Englishman's heart is through his stomach." This adage that finds it's origin in her 1857 book, John Halifax, Gentleman, definitely rings true for my husband. Jim never ceases to tell me how much appreciates my good (and not-so-good cooking), especially when I... Continue Reading →
I usually don't like oatmeal, but I took a risk and tried out this healthy breakfast for steel cut oats from Well Plated. Turns out this recipe is true to its name and the "banana bread" twist with cinnamon, nutmeg, and mashed banana is delicious. If you're having a crowd for breakfast, the amounts given... Continue Reading →
Words on walls are definitely IN with the HGTV crowd, especially with those fine folks from Waco, Texas. (In case you're not a fan, I'm talking decorating shows on cable tv, with a nod to Fixer Upper filmed in Waco.) Not wanting to be a designer groupie copycat, I determined to find a pretty piece... Continue Reading →