When life takes you through a roundabout

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Interruptions. They hijack our days. They irritatingly direct us to make a U-turn or choose a different exit on the roundabouts of life.

The powers-that-be constructed a roundabout at the entrance of my subdivision this Spring. The crews closed it down for a week so we were forced to drive out the back end of the neighborhood. It reopened then closed again this past Saturday. I forgot and was forced to do a U-turn and drive in the opposite direction of my desired destination. Continue reading “When life takes you through a roundabout”

One piece of advice from a graduation ceremony

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My youngest daughter graduated from college last Saturday. The ceremonies were outside in Indiana and mother nature cooperated by giving us a glorious sun-drenched day. As soon as Pomp and Circumstance began, however, tears fell. Continue reading “One piece of advice from a graduation ceremony”

3 Books that Changed My Prayer Life

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If you ask any follower of Jesus, mature or new, most would say their prayer life could be improved. We all have this desire to draw closer to God, and prayer is the means of this communion.

This past week my husband and I spent time in Florida helping my mother-in-law clean out her Florida residence. Continue reading “3 Books that Changed My Prayer Life”

Gray areas in the scriptures

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This past week my Bible study group bantered over Romans 14. (Click here to read.) If you want my CliffsNotes on this portion of Paul’s letter, he is telling his readers to defer in love in those matters that are not black and white but gray. Continue reading “Gray areas in the scriptures”

When hope has sunk

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Tender shoots of green are breaking through the beds surrounding my house. Lush green grass has replaced the brown patches shedding winter’s dreary cloak. Birds serenade me through my bedroom window. The cursed Bradford pear has exploded in cottony white. The creeks rush with water. Continue reading “When hope has sunk”

Are our prayers just platitudes?

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Last week actor Chris Pratt tweeted about film director Kevin Smith and ended up with a thread of caustic tweets on the topic of prayer. I have to be honest. I did not know who Smith was so I did a Google search. He had suffered a massive heart attack, and Pratt suffered massive backlash for his tweet. Continue reading “Are our prayers just platitudes?”

Three takeaways from the Olympics

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I love the spirit of the Olympics. What inspires me even more than the games themselves are the stories behind each athlete. A mountain of obstacles blocks their dream, and they find themselves stuck in deep valleys of pain, injuries and discouragement. Yet in the slogging through the valleys a burning desire for gold remains. Continue reading “Three takeaways from the Olympics”