Category Archives: growing pains

Great fish and barley

Decisions, decisions, decisions. When my husband and I were younger, I was trying to make a point about something and I said, “You don’t have to, you choose to.” All these years later, we keep this perspective when deciding something. … Continue reading

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A tidy, structured life

Today would have been my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, it’s hard to wrap my mind around that idea, but it’s true. When I was barely twenty-one I fell in love with a tall redhead from Dallas and we quickly believed God … Continue reading

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Broken vows

Years ago a co-worker suggested the book, Redeeming Love, by the author Francine Rivers, since I enjoyed books set in a historical period. The story is set in 1850 and it is a retelling of the story of Hosea and … Continue reading

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Praying for rain

The land I love is burning as I write. It is the place where I met my husband and where I met my Savior. Over 30,000 acres are being swallowed by a fire whose ignition is unknown. I have been … Continue reading

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wings and strings

May begins the summer adventures, but it marks the end of the school year, too. There are the goodbyes, the gifts, the last minute assignments, end of the year programs, a whirlwind of activities. As much as this month is … Continue reading

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kicked in the . . .

I was talking with a young man who is struggling in the last few weeks. I was feeling frustrated, since to me, the answers were easy to find. I challenged him that there would be natural consequences if things weren’t … Continue reading

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why we’re here

During different seasons of my life I have experienced a sense of restlessness. Sometimes it comes when I have started to outgrow my current surroundings or situation. I will continue to go to work or attend an activity, but my … Continue reading

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the T-word

In this age of making our opinions known, the concept of Truth being the final answer has become undesirable. It is better to use emotional triggers, straw man defenses, red herring approaches, anything that can divert someone from the Truth. … Continue reading

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Refunds and returns

My junior year in college I was engaged. As the wedding date came closer, many people started to give me bridal shower and wedding presents. I dutifully opened them and wrote my thank you notes, looking forward to using them … Continue reading

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what is and what will be

I am entering the last few weeks of being the mom of a high school student. After May, I will have closed the chapter on sports, meetings, ceremonies, and papers to sign for consent. My sons will be out in … Continue reading

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