Tag: gratitude

OUT OF THE CHAOS 02.25.2021

14How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 02.24.2021

Sometimes a song just says it better than anything. As I awoke this morning, I was singing the familiar chorus based on Psalm 118:24, “This is the Day.” Wanting to listen rather than sing, I grabbed my I-pad to search for the song on YouTube. I had to chuckle listening to the various renditions until …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 02.05.2021

8While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. 9Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.” 10So Joshua did what Moses had …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 02.03.2021

Today was a windy, cold day in southwest Florida. Waves pounded the shorelines, sand blew across the beach filling my shoes, cold penetrated my clothes while the wind wreaked havoc with my hair. Too loud for conversation, I walked in silence as I scoured the beach for treasures. Even with all the wind and resulting …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 02.02.2021

I am grateful today for family. I had meaningful interactions with all three of my children, I reunited with my youngest sister and tomorrow my mom will join us in Florida. Family has many meanings. Sometimes it is the people we share biological beginnings with, other times it is the people who share our lives …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.21.2020

My first day in Montana began earlier than usual for me. Awake by 5 o’clock, I laid in bed until 6:20 when I realized if I got up I could watch the sunrise. I rarely get a chance to do it — partly because I don’t have a good eastern view and mostly because I …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.16.2020

I am a journaler. Not an everyday sort of journaler but a regular writer. This week I filled a journal I started in January of 2019. As I prepared to write my final entry, I turned back to review the previous year. On March 25, 2019, I wrote this: I wonder if we all slowed …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.03.2020

As I worked outside in my landscaping, a song ran through my mind on repeat. A portion of the lyrics are this: “…Sing a little louder (in the presence of my enemies); sing a little louder (louder than my unbelief); sing a little louder (my weapon is a melody); sing a little louder (heaven comes …

Out of the Chaos 03.19.2020

Last week a friend asked if it was okay to be happy when a situation causing her a great deal of angst changed. Or should she continue to hang her head and be sad? It’s funny how often we hesitate to find joy during difficult times. Somehow we play with the idea that we should …

Final Countdown

Today my mind is full of all things holiday. I bought a few last minutes items for the next couple of days when my house will be full to overflowing with my people. This year a few of my family will be in town so I’m looking forward to hosting them along with friends who …