“I had the privilege of knowing him for over 30 years, and never heard him say a harsh or critical word about anyone.” It has been several weeks since I read these words written about the grandfather of a friend(s) who recently passed. Yet I cannot get them out of mind, and I find myself pondering them repeatedly. Continue reading “I never heard him say a harsh or critical word”
“How do you handle stress?” I was asked during my interview. I responded by saying “I choose not to participate. Stress is a choice“. My now boss, looked at me a little strange. A few years ago I would have looked at myself strangely. Continue reading “Kicking Stress to the Curb”
Lately I have been sighing a lot.
I want you to pray for patience. I want you to aggressively seek to grow in patience.
Really God? Don’t you know that no one prays for patience?
Sigh. Yes Lord. Continue reading “Growing Pains”
You wonder when the loneliness will end. Will it ever be over? I have learned that if you are not content now, you will not be content once your circumstances change. Continue reading “I Love a Lonely Day – Part 4”
“Why aren’t you answering me???!!!!”, I anxiously wondered. I was newly married, living in a new city, and fervently looking for a teaching job. June, July, August, September, the months passed and my prayers grew more intense, even frantic. Still no job offer.
“If you really were a Christian, you would have tons of kids, stay home and home-school them all”, these words were once spoken to me by a complete stranger at a Women’s Retreat. Even worse – I was dealing with infertility at the time. I reacted by fleeing the scene and practically bursting into tears. Continue reading “Full time Mom, Full time Job”
In the span of 10 minutes, I found the contents of the recycle bin all over the lawn, my car door handle broke off, and I drove over my $100 pedometer on my way to work. I sighed, then smiled and said: Continue reading “Deciding to Have a Good Day”
I spent YEARS of my life marching around the SAME mountain. If I managed to propel my way out, I would march 1,000 times around the next mountain. If I was really lucky, I would propel in the wrong direction – back towards the first mountain! Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
My need to be “right” has caused a lot of arguments in my house. Take the other day for instance. I went to sit down to eat my breakfast and my Money & Kiplinger’s Magazines were both GONE from the table (horror of horrors)! I had left them nicely stacked in the center of the table the day before and SOMEONE had moved them. Continue reading “When being right is over-rated”
Pray for Patience? Are you out of your mind? Patience is the one thing you NEVER pray for, because patience can only be developed under trial, and wow – do those trials ever hurt! I learned that lesson the hard way when I was in junior high. I didn’t have to learn that one twice, I never prayed for patience again! Continue reading “Impatiently Waiting”