About “Mama” – “Mother,” to me – Five Minute Friday

Roots make my mother, and they made me. I come from a long line of very strong women. Among us we have overcome poverty, loneliness, abandonment, starvation, ignorance, and abuse, for a start. These are women who seek strength outside ourselves, but not from other people – from God. Other people, in our experience, disappoint. … [Read more…]

Seaside Meditation

We live out life on a shore, a sandy windblown beach washed by the salty waters of life, the tears of the Savior weeping over us. Castles we build, some filigreed and grand, some solid and plain, structures scraped and molded from the ground beneath our feet, the dust that forms us and will reclaim … [Read more…]

What’s Your Scary Story?

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done? It sounds like an icebreaker question at a twenty-something party. It isn’t. It’s the cry of a desperate person facing a scary day, gritting her teeth, gripping the glass of water she’s sipping to stay still. I guess when I’m scared I don’t want to be alone. THAT’s … [Read more…]

Beloved – Five Minute Friday (One Day Late)

Being beloved makes the beloved beautiful. More than anything, I want to live out love in my short passage through this world. Doing that consciously helps me to see beauty in so many unexpected places. I guess it’s one of the mysteries of God that if I choose to love, the beloved becomes more lovable … [Read more…]

The Woman at the Well – a Different Perspective

Sunday we heard a sermon about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well, recorded in the fourth chapter of John’s gospel. We heard that she was a woman of bad character, or at the very least a woman who had made bad choices, who was not respected by the community, who was coming to … [Read more…]

After God’s Own Heart

after God’s heart – I just realized it doesn’t mean “dear to God’s heart” it means chasing after, seeking, following, trying to find God’s heart David was after God’s heart because he turned around and faced God every time he realized he’d stopped seeking God he messed up, over and over he forgot to seek … [Read more…]

Bare – Five Minute Friday

I’ve spent some time with “nude” and “naked” in recent months. I’m not sure if “bare” fits in with those somewhere or not. I do know that when I come to God, if I let myself go all the way into His presence, I am bare when I get there. He sees me bare all … [Read more…]

Fresh Air and Rest

Sometimes I forget things that I’ve known all my life. “Some fresh air will do you good.” I think that as a child I thought that meant I should go away and leave someone alone and entertain myself for a while. In my Very Adult Life I don’t have time to entertain myself for a … [Read more…]

Afraid – Five Minute Friday

Afraid - Five Minute Friday

“Afraid” is a word I like to avoid. Not that I’m scared of it; I’m just tired of it and its influence on me. I don’t want to pass it on to anyone else. I don’t want to give it undue power over me. “I’m afraid we’re going to have to . . . ” … [Read more…]

Oklahoma Sooner or Later

Soooooo . . . Trying to save money for the second son in college, we chose to get a trailer hitch, borrow a trailer, and drive from Gainesville/Athens, GA, to Oklahoma City. We chose the less steep route, knowing the minivan would be at its limits. The plan was to take our time and save … [Read more…]