Tag: hopelessness

OUT OF THE CHAOS 03.19.2021

Sunday I developed a really painful back. It was so painful, in fact, that in order to step into our vehicle, I had to lift my leg up with my hands. It was too painful for my leg to do all the work. In addition, I felt like my muscles were seizing up on me. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 01.21.2021

Wednesday I was at the beach. Two experiences stand out to me that I want to share. First, conversation travels quite well at the beach. No wonder Jesus preached from a boat on the water. Everyone could hear! Anyway, back to the conversation I overheard. A group of seasoned adults were sharing their thoughts about …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.10.2020

Thirty years ago on this day, my day began as every other. We were in the final stages of building our first house, planning to move in just before Thanksgiving. I was pregnant and due November 25. Yes — we were supposed to move on my due date. Then everything changed. About 6:30 p.m., as …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.15.2020

Contronym – a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of the other. The third: screen (v) Screen: to protect of conceal Screen: to show or broadcast 20After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. 21One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.01.2020

22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 17The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Psalm 51:17 As these scriptures point out, there are two kinds of broken spirits. One is helpful; one is not. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.19.2020

Today I am going to Montana to visit my mom. As I observe people and situations, I will listen for what the Holy Spirit wants to teach me along the way and share them as my Montana musings. Thanks for joining me on this adventure! My travel day began with more adventure than I intended. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.18.2020

Last week our family camped near Brown County State Park in southern Indiana. For camping, it wasn’t exactly roughing it as we have travel trailers with all the usual amentities — air conditioning, full hook-ups for showers and toilets, refrigeration, hot water, real mattresses. No sleeping under the stars or cooking over a sweltering fire …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.13.2020

The dentist. Who likes to visit the dentist? It is one of those things I do because it is good for me and I only have one set of teeth. I better take care of them. While there is much I can do between visits to ensure gum, teeth, mouth health, some things require the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.24.2020

In my biblical studies, one of my professors taught on the Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — one God, three persons. It is a difficult concept to wrap the mind around and I don’t intend to do that now, but something in his teaching comes back to me often. Within the Trinity there …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.22.2020

I am not a buffet person. There is so much pressure for me to taste everything and put as much on the plate as I can. Deciding at the table what suits my tastebuds and discarding the rest is a strategy often used. I don’t like that the food all touches and overlaps retaining none …