The Claw!

Have you heard the current expression “You Do You!”?  It can be a rather affirming remark.  “Go ahead, be yourself, don’t worry about comparison or judgement or trying to pose as anyone other than your true self!” It can be rather comical and revealing though when circumstances prevent you from “You Doing You” your way. …

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Creating Beauty

“It’s one thing to search out the beauty in the world, it’s a far more important thing to create the beauty that surrounds you.”  Wyatt Oroke, 2018 graduation keynote speaker to Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts. Looking for and finding beauty reminds us of God’s goodness and the goodness of life.  It fills our…

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Asking for a Word of Goodness

God can accomplish so much with just one word.  One word can display his goodness with succinct power.  I was lying in bed one night formulating a comeback for someone who had been short with me; my thoughts tapered off and He spoke one word to me – Grace.  “Yes”, I replied, “Grace”.  She doesn’t…

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Why Ask Why

It was one of those mornings when before you even open your eyes, your mind has settled on, “I don’t like where my life is right now…or what has happened in my past…or what may happen in my future”.  Those mornings can quickly spiral down into the ubiquitous WHY questions regarding the trials in our…

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A Dad Beyond Compare

Remember the old childhood chant, “My dad is better than your dad”?  Boasting turned into competition. And for those who had an absent dad it caused heartache as they compared their life to those who were boldly chanting.  Comparison is the heartache of many adults too.  Sure, we’ve all heard ‘you can’t judge a book…

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Finding (and Sharing) God’s Goodness in the Hard Times

Have you ever flinched when someone shares a verse with you when you’re smack dab in the middle of a hard, trying, scary, disappointing, or painful circumstance?  Do your thoughts lean toward the sarcastic and it takes what little energy you have left to hold your tongue?  One of my favorite, go-to, verses in the…

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Have you ever played hide-n-seek with a little child?  One of the cutest things is when they put their hands over their eyes as if you won’t be able to see them.  They can’t see us so it makes sense to them that they can’t be seen.  It’s easy for us to do the same…

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Inviting Goodness

In a world full of bad, sad, and sometimes horrific news, we long to hear something good.  Good news about good people doing good things. We’re enamored with “Hero” movies like never before: good triumphing over evil.  For goodness sake, tell us good outweighs bad!  Tell us there’s a good ending. To believe an overwhelming goodness…

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What is Yours to Do?  What is Yours to Let Go?

Here is an understatement that may bring a smile or a sigh:  there are a lot of dilemmas in parenting.  There is one dilemma that begins while parenting a toddler and continues right through being the parent of a young adult:  “Should I step in to help or am I helping them more by choosing…

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Getting Uncomfortable with Out-of-sight-out-of-mind Comfort

I wasn’t auditioning for a part as a sailor or rapper or a savant from a poor neighborhood of Boston. I was driving the streets of Los Angeles and its surrounding valleys.  It was then I took on the vehicular vernacular of a crazed woman.  If one week of traffic could bring me to my potty-mouthed…

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A Well-Timed Word

There’s something miraculous about a well-timed word.  This week I’ve been the recipient of a few of those life-giving gems.  No less than three friends have sent encouraging texts to me.  The dings alerting me to those texts were mouth dropping in their timing.  Each content of those texts was on point to what I…

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Guilty for being Happy?

Two very dear friends from California came to visit me in my home in Virginia.  I’ve lived in Virginia for two years now and in this particular home for 8 months.  Showing them my current world brought me joy because I love picturing people in their surroundings and my friends feel the same way.  Also,…

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