Lessons From the Birds

They are a pair. They perch on the rooftop in blistering 103° Central Texas heat in a display of love, oblivious to their environment, which is often a jungle of noise (a plane, a car or truck whizzes by), strong breeze, and a neighborhood that man built. The sun comes up, the sun goes down….

Relax in my Presence

So, I don’t believe in opening the bible and pointing at a page haphazardly, as if we could hurdle a dart across a room at a target in an attempt to precisely find answers to life’s challenges. But, today when I sought encouragement and opened a book, not the bible itself, His voice fell into my lap. I was lifted up by God’s words. As I…

Marriage With A Serving Of Humor

Sometimes a slap-stick moment comes out that reminds us that our marriage is improved by a serving of humor. My husband goes to a pain management clinic for a back procedure every few months. This involves several processes, but always includes a steroid injection or two that develops into jittery goofiness. Yesterday, after my husband’s post-procedure nap,…

50 Years of Entwined Fingers

I brought my satchel of notes and planner with me. I had decided to turn a chair or two into office space as I sat in the waiting room in anticipation of a one-hour stay. An elderly couple caught my attention as they helped each other walk into the room. When they sat down, the husband placed his hat, which displayed bright…

Baking the Banana Bread; Putting Plans Into Action

My husband shares inspirational videos with me. This is one of the things that I love about him, he knows my heart. He knows where I am at today, and where I want to be tomorrow. The subject of a recent video was a woman who loves to bake. Her specialty – banana bread. She…

Living a Mindful Life

Diesel and I were secured in the dog park when I heard a little voice squeal with delight, “Look mom, a jumbo puppy!” He did not see a chunky wrinkle-faced bulldog, he saw a jumbo puppy! The tiny boy clung to the chain link fence with intent, with nothing short of delight in his eyes….

The Single Pumpkin

I silently eased the window open. The world remained asleep in the muted morning light except for an occasional call from a bird. The fog had carried in cool air, filled with dampness in the river valley. As a child might do, I quietly planted myself on the soft carpet below the window. I imagined…

How I Had The Best Day (Christmas) Ever

I like the sound of best day ever. I believe we all do. What about the best Christmas ever? That is exactly what I experienced, the best Christmas ever. After the celebration passed, I contemplated life in general, asking myself how I could mirror the beautiful days that flowed from Christmas 2014. I formed a…

The Most Difficult Commandment To Obey

We cannot see it. We cannot touch it. We cannot taste it. Alas, we can feel it — not with our fingertips, but through our spirit and deep into our soul. Love. A man of law challenged Jesus with a question. What is the greatest commandment? Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all…

Sharing God’s Love; No Excuses

I held the door open. As the women jostled her full cart through I said, “Have a beautiful day, God bless.” She could have smirked at me, or she could have ignored my words. Instead, she looked up and smiled, “That was so good to hear. So very nice and surprising. Thank you.” I believe…

The Act of Share Encourage and Grow

Share Encourage and Grow is my motto – a shortened version of my life and work mission statement. I looked at these words this morning and I thought about how important it is for each of us to support one another. Encourage others to share with you. Listening is a priceless gift that doesn’t cost…

Unsolicited Advice the Masked Relationship Killer

To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn’t know what to do, or that he can’t do it on his own. – John Gray Marcy felt strangled after receiving unsolicited advice time and time again, she told her much-loved friend, Jennifer, “I appreciate that you are trying to help me, I…