We returned to Virginia from Florida late in the day on July 4th. We had emptied my mother-in-law’s house, after its unexpected contract for sale came just twelve hours after the house went on the market. She had been gone for six years. We had memorialized my sister-in-law’s life, after her unexpected passing. She had been gone for ten days. Rites of Passage. Flooding us with precious — priceless — memories, wrapped in tears… and, thankfully, even some grief-relieving laughter. The end of one era. The beginning of another. Because Life goes on… doesn’t it, Lord? We were reminded of this when we returned to our unkempt yard. It had… Read more »

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I love the tag line AT&T came up with years ago, touting the benefits of the telephone in connecting loved ones separated by long distances: “It’s the next best thing to being there.” I guess for us, Lord, that tag line refers to prayer… right? Without a landline or cell phone in sight. Without a Facebook post or Tweet at our fingertips. Just our hearts connecting with Yours in the split second we turn our focus to You. [Deep sigh.]  🙂 Tonight, I’m taking another step in this blog space… by learning to go Video! I don’t know all You have planned for this, Lord… but today is a starting point…. Read more »

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On Saturday, Joanie’s ashes were tossed into the lake she loved. The lake where she lived for much of her life. The lake I live on now, in the house where her mom (my mother-in-law) grew up. Her memorial service was beautiful. Because You planned it, Lord. And You showed up in very personal and undeniable ways… I hadn’t expected to speak. But there I was, scheduled to give a testimony right after someone sang a solo of “On Eagles’ Wings.” When I asked You for direction the night before, You prompted me to look up some emails Joanie and I had exchanged a couple of years ago. Words of… Read more »

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I could hardly keep my eyes open. Too much activity and too few hours of sleep will do that every time. I was barely awake. Until our Unwelcome Visitor showed up! All 300 pounds of him! (I’m guessing. I didn’t ask him.)  🙂 He didn’t care that it was 2:00 AM. He had already finished off the bird food in the “bear-proof” bird feeder we had spent hours installing yesterday. Now, he was after the grill on our back porch. The grease from the delicious lemon-herb chicken we had cooked for dinner last night. He didn’t care that it was our screened-in porch. The screen was no match for his huge… Read more »

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I had never heard that word “chemoesque,” Lord. Maybe because it doesn’t exist. She made it up, the nurse who was trying to take my blood. It’s the only word that described what she found. The condition of my veins. Hard. Like rock. Five years after the very aggressive Chemo I was given. To fight the very aggressive Cancer that had invaded my body. Big Guns Chemo, fighting Big Guns Cancer. The Chemo was so powerful, they inserted a port in my upper chest. So the Medicine would bypass my veins as much as possible. You gave me that word, Lord — Medicine. The world calls chemo Poison. But You gave… Read more »

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Has it really been SEVEN weeks since I last posted here, Lord? SEVEN — the number of Perfection? Completion? Does this mean my unusual silence here is coming to a close? I haven’t been silent, of course. I have been writing — to You and about You — every single day! Often, several times a day! Just in a different venue… On my private Facebook page. For my Book Launch Team. Neither of which existed seven weeks ago! Because The Book wasn’t yet in my hands. Seven weeks ago, I was racing through formatting and final edits for the paperback and eBook (multiple versions)… submitting them to my publisher… spending… Read more »

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I was at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in Ft. Myers, Florida yesterday. A “big deal” annual event drawing 20,000 people. I hadn’t known it even existed before about ten days ago. Until You invited me, Lord. Because You had arranged three Divine Appointments there for me. I only knew in advance about the first one. I had been invited to the Festival by our local Books-a-Million GM, to meet their District Manager. Unbeknownst to me, You apparently have a plan for them to help launch my new book with a book signing event. !!! It must be Your plan, Lord. Because the idea had never occurred to me… and,… Read more »

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It has been one full week since severe pain first gripped my throat, Lord. Pain like I have not felt before. Making it hard to swallow… and hard to speak. Hard to take in nourishment.  And hard to give it out… in spoken words, at least. Not moving into my head or into my chest. Just isolated to my throat. I thought I knew its source — a dear friend I had seen in the community, who was complaining of a respiratory bug. He may have been a factor. But now, I realize… there was more to it. I had been “treating” the soreness with Three A’s.  Aspirin (to relieve… Read more »

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It must have been a computer virus, Lord. I didn’t realize they were so… contagious! Yesterday morning, I was supposed to have a teleconference with a dear Forever Sister. I had emailed her the day before with the dial-in instructions. She had emailed me back, saying she had picked up a respiratory flu “bug” and couldn’t talk. We had rescheduled for later in the week. Not before joking about the “cyber hugs and kisses” I had already sent her… that she could return them to me without infecting me. By yesterday afternoon, my throat started getting sore. 🙂 Just kdding, Lord! Not about my sore throat… it is definitely there…. Read more »

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I love a gentle rain, Lord. The kind that makes peace-full sounds as it hits the leaves and the ground. The kind that soaks in, nourishing the roots of Every Living Thing. Even mine. Sometimes, I lift my hands and my face Heavenward… soaking in the WET-ness. Until my dry roots plump up again… and I feel like sprouting! This morning, I was still in bed. Still nestled under the cover of the pre-dawn darkness. That’s when I heard it. That’s when I felt it. The WE-ness. There You were, Lord. And here You are… still. Coming over me like a gentle rain… with Your droplets of Living Water drenching my… Read more »

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