I just want to live in peace, with no conflict, perfectly calm and content. But unfortunately, that’s just not real life. Some of us have to fight - for our marriage, our children, our health, our finances, our mental stability, our career, our property… The list can go on and on. We are all on … Continue reading I Don’t Like to Fight, But…
I recently read an article about couples, and one of the men that was interviewed stated the thing he loved most about his significant other was that she didn’t try to change him. WHAT? I paused after reading this. There was nothing about this man that she wanted to change? Wow, must be nice… After … Continue reading Mission Impossible? Accept My Family Just the Way They Are
About a week ago I had to drive out to a retail store for a return. I tried to avoid stores during the pandemic by doing all my Christmas shopping online. But one of my purchases was defective and I had to return it in person. In order to avoid other shoppers, I decided to … Continue reading Don’t Ignore Your Navigation System – There May Be a Different Way To Go
To tithe or not to tithe? Want to start an emotionally charged discussion? Just bring up the subject of tithing. For those that have never heard a sermon or teaching on the topic of biblical tithing, it is the practice of giving 10% of your earnings or increase to the local church where you worship. … Continue reading A Modern-Day Case for Tithing: I Dare You
As I was writing the story I planned to share this week, I received a text from an old friend. Her father had just passed away, and she was reaching out to let me know. Our families lived on the same block, and we grew up together. I knew him for as long as I … Continue reading How To Be A First Responder In the Midst of Loss
This past week has been one like no other. The 2020 US Presidential Election seems to have brought out the worst in some people. Parts of our country are bitterly divided by individual beliefs, values, and principles. Civility was replaced with rude behavior. Patriotism was replaced with partisanship. Respect was replaced with contempt. Courteousness was … Continue reading How Was Your Behavior During This Election?
My birthday is next week. For the last few birthdays, I have focused on a certain theme or character trait to develop in my life over the course of that year. I remember year 42 was about being courageous, as a nod to Jackie Robinson, who wore that famous number when he had the courage … Continue reading A Gift or Weapon, What’s Your Intention When You Open Your Mouth?
Lately when we head outside, an awful stench sometimes fills the air. You see, we live down the street from a major pepper processing plant. I don’t remember it being this strong in past autumns, and usually we only smelled the odor when we drove by the plant after leaving the house. But this year … Continue reading Sin and Peppers at the Dinner Table
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the ten plagues in Egypt in the time of Moses and can’t help but wonder if there is a lesson in that story that relates to what we are going through now. There have been catastrophes across the country, unlike anything many of us have seen in our lifetime. An … Continue reading 2020: The Interruption of Everything, but Why? A Personal Reflection
It’s hard to believe I’ve been sharing our stories to encourage readers for two years. What a journey – one I clearly didn’t expect to evolve this way. Milestones are an ideal time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. In 2018, we kicked off the club track season fully expecting … Continue reading Is This What Winning Looks Like?