Tag: health

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.29.2021

My phone whistles at me, indicating another new text message. I glance at it and read another no. No, it doesn’t work tonight. I drop my head slightly and hear the subtle, mocking voice – “you should just throw your hands up and quit.” Tempted to agree, I pause on the image that comes to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.04.2021

If you are like me, you long to be forgiven quickly and completely, with relationships back to “normal” immediately. I don’t like the “I’m bruised and I need a little time to heal” phase. Perhaps forgiveness is difficult for you. I know it is for me. It’s hard to know what exactly it means to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.19.2021

My mother-in-law taught me how to make chocolate covered peanuts. It isn’t very difficult, but she had a trick that made all the difference. She bought small redskin peanuts to cover. Before coating them, we cleaned as many of the skins off as possible. We did this by rubbing the peanuts together in a bowl …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 03.17.2021

What kills trust? Perhaps there are many things but the one that came to mind today is this —- rehearsing the negative. As one blogger put it – meditating on the mess. Recently, Dave and I spent a few weeks apart. He was in Florida for one week but then returned to Indiana alone while …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 03.16.2021

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 02.15.2021

Saturday, in a much needed conversation with a dear friend, I exclaimed to her, “I am not a good person!” She burst into laughter and agreed that she isn’t a good person either. I felt so human at that moment — in the best way possible. As with all great interactions, I ruminated on our …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.24.2020

16Always be joyful. 17Never stop praying. 18Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 This week, in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving. In elementary school, I learned it is a time to remember the blessings of the new land; when the pilgrims and Native Americans sat …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.27.2020

There is so much controversy swirling around us these days. Everywhere a person turns, someone is posting or postulating on what they do or do not like about current events. I try to stay away from the arguments. For many reasons, but mostly because it steals my joy. At times, I wonder if I will …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.26.2020

These are unusual times. This is not the first time there have been unusual times. Remember the wise teacher’s words in Ecclesiastes, History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.  Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.23.2020

“Have I ever told you the dream I have for my life? The thing I really want to do?” my friend asked me. “No. I don’t believe you have!” I responded. “Someday, I want to be a haven for children, ” she said. “It looks like that might be a reality by next summer.” And …