The Heart of a Wanderer

 The glorious green grass on the other side of the fence is usually Astroturf. Yet our hearts long for the lush pastures over yonder. A lamb in a book I’m reading frequently wandered to where she believed the sunrays of heaven kissed the tender young grass. Her own shepherd’s picturesque landscape contained the purest, most…

I Kissed Sugar Goodbye: 2 Years and 3 Months without Sweets

August 17, 2014, I had coffee with a friend who’d stopped eating sugar 15 years earlier. She did it just 1 day at a time.No epic plans, diets or formulas. Just a simple 12-step program and God. She’d dropped 55 pounds but not quickly. I listened intently as she shared her experience, strength and hope….

Confessions of a Humbled Writer~ 

   I am blessed and humbled beyond words. A few months ago, I had lunch with a friend. She grabbed my hand and tears flowed onto her plate. “I can’t thank you enough for your book,” she said. “It’s helped me so much – not only with body image, but with so many other areas…

Compare and Despair

   As humans, it’s easy to get on the stinkin’ thinkin’ channel of our brains. Self-pity sneaks in like a dark shadow of despair.  Comparing ourselves to others eclipses the radiance of God’s love sparkling inside us. We compare and we despair.     Sometimes we focus on what we believe others to have. Maybe it’s…

Humility 101

Across the room from me, I noticed a woman trying to knit as her hands shook violently. A silky scarf dangled from the knitting needles in hazy purple hues. At one point during the meeting, the attendees passed a piece of paper around the room for us to sign in. She struggled to hold the…

Merry Stressmas????

Unless you’re a Christmas Queen, you’re wondering how you’ll  “make Christmas happen.” Why isn’t there an app for that? Many women feel pressure to shop ’til ya drop, bake ’til ya shake and do a hundred other tasks related to Christmas. Forget the sugar plum fairy. “How will I make Christmas happen?” dances through your…

Don’t Give Me Maui or Disneyland. Give Me This…

Last week, my husband and I drove over the glorious Cascade Highway, to a small city with wooden sidewalks. But that ‘s not the punch line here. The dreamiest gift on our vacation wasn’t a big, splashy location like Disneyland. I’ve certainly experienced some so-called “magnificent” experiences like living on Maui. I swam in a school of fish…