When the Soil is Hard and Your Shovel is Dull

In these lazy, hazy days do you ever find yourself just coasting through life? You know the symptoms – lacking energy or enthusiasm for pursuing new things; feeling jaded or lethargic when you hear others speaking of a new vision or passion. Sometimes you just want to say, “Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.” If so, then God has a word for you, through the prophet Hosea. It’s time. Break up your unplowed ground;…

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Flinging Beauty Far and Wide!

I have never seen a field of sunflowers in Tuscany. And I’ve never been in Texas in the Spring when the fields are covered in Bluebonnets. But recently I saw an outcropping of Purple and Blue Lupines covering the wilderness in Wyoming and their beauty almost made me cry.   One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of…

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Too Much Debris Clogging Up Your Life?

He was just an old man people rarely saw. A quiet forest dweller, he lived up in the Alps and was known by his task as “the keeper of the spring.” This mountain man had been hired many years earlier by an Austrian village council to clear away the debris from the pools of water that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity his work helped make the village become…

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Seedling to Sequoia – Small Beginnings

Johnny was a Revolutionary War veteran. What to do after the war in a new land? Travel west and throw out seeds. Apple seeds. Yes, John Chapman will forever be remembered as “Johnny Appleseed” who planted apple nurseries and orchards throughout Ohio and Indiana. These apple trees helped transform the pioneer land into homesteads, and thus built a new nation. Imagine what a few little seeds can do. I used to live near Muir Woods…

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Maybe It’s Time to Sit in the Shade

I love hydrangeas. I think they look like bouquets of lace. A few years ago, I was thrilled to receive a beautiful hydrangea plant for my birthday, which was immediately stuck in a hole in the ground outside. But I am not a gardener. Every time blossoms would appear, they turned brown almost immediately and no amount of water could resuscitate them.  The problem was, of course, they had way too much sun. Hydrangeas grow…

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Will This Be Your Summer of Growth?

Does the sunshine and warmth bring to mind lovely gardens full of blooming flowers and ripe vegetables? If you are ready for some growth in your own life, why not begin here: Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3.18 Such spiritual growth is a process called sanctification — one that lasts a lifetime, and even into eternity. But along the way, great strides can be made,…

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5 Tips for When You are Discouraged in Your Calling

(NOTE: I originally wrote this for writers who felt discouraged, but honestly, the principles can apply to whatever you are called to be and do. Hope these tips offer hope as you move into the Summer!) You got excited. Inspired to write. Motivated to minister. Challenged to pursue dreams. And, for a while there – surrounded by kindred spirits cheering you on – you could almost taste the success. A book published. A conference keynote…

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12 Things I Would Tell That Bride Who Was Me

Today is our 37th Wedding Anniversary and Mike is visiting family in Seattle and I am home in Connecticut. But we really are still together — and yes, even throughout a very challenging pandemic year. I am in such a season of looking back and hoping forward, so I’m going to re-post what I wrote last year on our anniversary. May these words encourage you today. As I glanced at the photographs of my younger…

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When Joy & Pain Dwell Together

It is difficult to experience two opposite emotions simultaneously. I’m reminded of the classic Mary Tyler Moore TV episode featuring the death of Chuckles the Clown – where Mary can’t help but laugh uncontrollably during the funeral. She grieves the loss of her television co-worker, but she is also overcome by happy memories of the joy he brought. My recent journey home to spend time with family was – as journeys often are – a…

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My Own Gift from the Sea

This week I gathered my weary body and soul and joined with the two friends that have known and loved me my entire life (that would be my sisters) for a few days at the seaside.  Honey, there is nothing quite like ocean waves, shells on the shore, and sand between your toes to restore a soul. Early mornings looking out at the vast expanse of emptiness (not really empty) brings me Calm, Serenity and…

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ReVisit Your Childhood Story

What is the backstory of your life? In a book or movie, the backstory refers to the history behind the current situation — basically what happened before that sets into motion what is happening now. To share your story, it is important to process and understand your early life. Today I’m visiting my hometown in South Georgia and will reunite with Mama, my two sisters, and a dear Aunt after a two-year absence, due to…

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When We All Hit a Wall – at the Same Time

I was describing the royal funeral procession to my husband, “Charles and Anne first, then Edward and… you know, the other brother, what’s his name? Was married to Fergie. In a sex scandal. What was his name? … Oh yeah, Andrew.” Of course I know the names of Queen Elizabeth’s children. But my mind is very slow on the uptake these days. Feels like I’m slogging through mud sometimes. And please don’t ask me what…

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