I believe it's important to find a quiet place, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and recall what you are grateful for. These days especially, we need to be mindful about counting our blessings. The world is in a state of shared misery, dealing with the effects of COVID-19. I don't need to elaborate, we are all experiencing difficulties of one kind or another. Do you ever take some time to sit and ponder your blessings? You should. One of the best things to do when it feel
If you don't purpose to slow down and savor the beauty of the season, it won't happen. Here's some advice to slow down and savor Christmas: Make your favorite hot beverage, turn on the Christmas tree lights, sit down, and chill out. Give yourself a few minutes to just b-r-e-a-t-h-e. Listen to some Christmas carols. Sing along, if you'd like. Soak in the meaning of Christmas. Pray to Emmanuel (God with us!), and be quiet to listen to His leading. If you'd like a more structure
Today's message is simple and straightforward: just pray! There are days when challenges seem to come out of the air. There are days when each choice is difficult and frustrating. Some days you find that you just don't know which end is up. On days like that, one of the simplest prayers I pray starts something like this: Okay, Lord. I can’t do this without You. I don't pray that prayer only because I’m facing difficulties, but because I realize that getting through the day (o
"How are you?" "I'm fine. Thanks for asking." —Really?— When asked how we are, most of us have a knee-jerk reaction and parrot the I'm-fine response. And honestly, most people really don't want to know how we are. They're just being polite.
But there are days when we're not fine. Yesterday, the largest mass shooting on American soil was perpetrated. Watching the news unfold made me sick. Truly. It brought back emotions that I didn't want to feel again. There are days when y
I know that I can’t be the only one . . . Perhaps you've also found yourself scrambling to meet your goals, pushing yourself to do more, but failing to see the results you'd hoped for. Lately, I’ve found myself working with such diligence and trying so, so hard. My efforts went toward accomplishing tasks, meeting deadlines, and reaching goals. Some days have been grueling. Let me back up—I hadn’t snatched my dreams and goals out of thin air. I formulated them after much praye
Do you ever take some time to sit and ponder your blessings? You should. We all need space to take a deep breath, close our eyes, and recall what we are grateful for. This is one of my special places. I love to spend quiet time here thinking about life, about my darlings, about my blessings. I love to read in that chair or to put my lap desk over the wide arms and tap away on my computer. I love to sit in that leafy shade and read intriguing novels or sweet words of hope. I l