Spiritual Lessons

November 24 2022

Why Do We Engage In The Frustrating Dance Of Gift Reciprocation?

In a panic, I rushed to purchase a sweater from the store where I worked. Even with my employee discount, the sweater cost more than I wanted to spend ~ especially since I had not planned to give a gift to this colleague.  But when my coworker showed up with her gift for me, I…

November 17 2022

How To Keep Your Thanksgiving Holiday From Being Absorbed By Christmas

As I walked through the department store it occurred to me: I am no longer shocked at how quickly Christmas displays pop up. This year, they even began to appear before Halloween. The same is true with the Christmas movies ~ which began as early as October 21st. And as always, I ask: What happened…

November 10 2022

When Do You Need To Remember That God Is Bigger Than Your Heart?

Still groggy, I stumbled into the kitchen and poured myself some coffee. In my determination to finish a project, I decided to work late into the night. Now I suffered the consequences. Sipping my cup of joe, I shook my head at the irony. I’d shortened my hours of sleep so I could  rework an…

November 3 2022

Learning To Choose Wisely Because One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Slipping on my robe, I suddenly froze with a new realization. The robe, which had once been tight and uncomfortable, now fit, and even felt loose. This is one of those non-scale victories.  For several months I’ve worked at getting back to a healthier weight and lifestyle. I purposely decided against using the scale to…

September 29 2022

Studying God’s Word Lights Our Path To Do Good In This World

As I looked out at the pool, I noticed all three lanes designated for swimming laps had been taken by other people. Approaching the lifeguard, I asked if he could rope off one more lane for me.  “Usually when the lap lanes are full, people just swim in the open pool area,” he responded. “I…

September 22 2022

If I Work This Hard, Shouldn’t I Achieve The Expected Results?

This morning I woke up with hopeful expectations. But now I feel only acute disappointment. I know the pain of trying my best to do what’s right, but not getting the expected results. A few days ago, I wrote these words in my journal. But they express a feeling I’ve experienced often in my life.…

September 15 2022

Choosing To Trust God When He Leads You Into Unknown Territory

Living as a vagabond is unsettling. In fact, the word unsettled appears in one of the definitions of vagabond.  For six weeks, my husband and I stayed in twelve different facilities ~ hotels, family homes, and Airbnb rentals. Some stays lasted one night, others a week. But inevitably we repeated the weary cycle of packing…

September 8 2022

Learning To Trust God’s Promise To Meet Our Needs With Abundance

I’m content. I like my apartment. So does my cat. People are nice here. Tears filled my eyes as I heard my mother’s words. It has been a long five weeks since we left Virginia to facilitate her move to Assisted Living and the sale of her house. The road hasn’t always been smooth, as…

August 18 2022

When You Make The Right Decision, But Still Feel Pain

It’s a lot. My husband and I have often repeated that phrase in the last two weeks. We drove from Virginia to Colorado in order to facilitate my mother’s move to an Assisted Living facility and the sale of her house. Each day we make progress. And each day we see how much more we…

August 4 2022

How To Change Your Grumbling Spirit To One Of Gratitude

I think the Lord was trying to tell me something. It started a couple of weeks ago when I read a blog post written by my friend Margaret Kemp (you can read it here). In her article, Quarreling with God, Margaret gently reminds us how easily we can turn to grumbling and complaining, and even…