Tag: pandemic

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.06.2020

Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37 Much has been written about the reality of …

out of the chaos 05.05.2020

Monday morning I retreated to my deck for some quiet time with Jesus. I have often closed my posts with the priestly blessing from Numbers 6. It goes like this: May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace. …

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 05.01.2020

Romance. Chick flicks. Whatever you call them, they usually include a character who pursues someone in spite of great opposition. This person refuses to take no for an answer and is jealous for the affection of his/her true love. Jealousy has a bad rap. Mostly it motivates people to do stupid things that are harmful …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.30.2020

What distinguishes you from those around you? Is there anything at all that you won’t leave home without? Something that gives you confidence and courage? Moses was asked to perform an amazing feat: lead a nation out of slavery in Egypt to a land of their own. Considering the number of people and the magnitude …

out of the chaos 04.29.2020

A few days ago I wrote encouraging my dear readers to be okay with whatever emotion comes during these days of isolation. Some days are peaceful, joyfilled and quiet, some days are…not. Today was not…for me. The last few days have been very difficult. Dave encouraged me to remember this is short term, keep the …

20/20 VISION

I admire people who overcome great obstacles to become people of character and resilience. I marvel at the fortitude they show in pushing through even when there is opposition of some sort. Dave and I recently watched “Harriet,” a movie about Harriet Tubman. Her commitment to helping slaves find freedom despite peril to her own …

out of the chaos 04.24.2020

Spoiler alert: if you are squeamish about wounds and cuts, proceed with caution. Just saying! Last Friday I cut my finger. While chopping bacon to add to mashed potatoes for loaded mashed potatoes, I successfully chopped the corner of my finger clean off. Not just part way through, but clean off. Interestingly, it didn’t really …

out of the chaos 04.23.2020

It is said grace is receiving what you do not deserve while mercy is not receiving what you deserve. Yesterday I experienced both. I decided to make my first trip to Costco in many weeks. My daughters and I banded together to make this journey. After all, there is strength in numbers, right? I offered …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.20.2020

Reminders. We set them in our phones. We write sticky notes. We put them on bulletin boards. We need reminders. Our worship service was a reminder to me yesterday. Thank you, Pastor Jay for bringing it! I think we all need to hear this again, so I am going to share the cliff notes of …