You Have Arrived At Your Destination

  “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30: 21   My family and I stayed in a cabin during a recent trip to do some hiking in southern Ohio. I had planned the route ahead of time by using my GPS on my iphone. I was confident that the navigation system many people rely on would get us there. Just in case we didn’t have cell service, I decided to look ahead at the directions …

God’s Map

    I recently went shopping with my friend Sara in an Amish town in Indiana. It’s amazing how time away with the friend who knows you the best is like medicine for the soul and was just the refreshment and renewal I needed! Once I got home after a few days full of belly laughs and miles of walking, I thought about the trip. The village where we went shopping, had many stores within walking distance. We were thankful they had maps available to guide us on our mission! We both grabbed a map, but after the first few …

Road Work Ahead

  I finally worked up the courage I needed to make the trip to the dentist and have the conversation I have been dreading. I knew I had not put the proper attention on my oral health as I should have. I was a nervous wreck on my way and while driving I prayed that God calm my nerves. On my way I passed a sign that said ‘Road Work Ahead.’ I ran into a bit of road construction that led me to a man holding a stop sign in the middle of the road.  The entire time I had …

At The Appointed Time I Will

    I just read six of the most encouraging words in the Bible, “at the appointed time I will.” Today I read Genesis 18. God is telling Abraham that Sarah will bear a child, a son. As Sarah laughs at the thought since she is past child-bearing age, God calls her out for her laughter and doubt. He then goes onto say in Genesis 18: 14, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you and Sarah shall have a son.” At the appointed time, I will. Wow! There is so much in just …

What’s Your Status With God? Are You ‘On Leave’?

      “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16: 9 I have worked for years in the role in Human Resources. Part of my job over the years has been to navigate employees through the process of taking different types of personal leave from work. Sometimes employees are eligible for FMLA, a leave where their job is protected for a certain number of weeks and guarantees they will have a position when they return from leave. Often times people are on medical leave for a surgery, having a baby, taking care …

In the Trenches of Grief

      I recently lost a cousin of mine to suicide. As you can imagine it was a complete shock not only to his immediate family, but everyone who was ever blessed with his presence. He was a warm-hearted person with a lively spirit. Anyone you ask would say he always had a smile on his face and was a very happy-go-lucky kind of guy. When I first heard of the way he passed, my heart instantly broke! I knew all too well the pain they were feeling. Twelve years ago, I lost my dad to suicide. Twelve years …

The Least of These

Several years ago, I applied for the chance to compete in a shrimp eating contest.  After entering a short message on “why I am the best seafood lover in the south,” they picked me!  The event was in Houston, TX, and we decided we didn’t want to fly to the contest, we wanted to ride our motorcycle.  So we did just that, in the middle of July no less. On the way, we stopped at a convenience store for a soft drink.  I also bought a lottery ticket for fun (I do not recommend buying lottery tickets and I’m not proud of that, but this is …

Restored and Redeemed: A Marriage Story

Wedding rings

We all have a story to tell. I would like to think that mine is not much different than yours, but I know that it probably is. As I think about celebrating 41 years of marriage, I know there was a time that the word “celebration” would not have been a part of my vocabulary in speaking about my life with my sweet, precious, ever patient husband. God knew when I married this man that my relationship with him would be filled with so many ups and downs, so many trials, but also so many joys….and He knew that this …

Pure Joy

Stress. That would be the single word that best describes the last few years of my life. So much so that when we rounded the corner into 2014, I began to pray, “Lord, will You please grant me a season of rest?” I was so weary that it didn’t seem like a selfish thing to ask for. I felt like I wouldn’t be able to keep going without some time to re-energize. Maybe I just wasn’t specific enough in my request… ‘cuz I was kind of thinking about several months, maybe even a whole year of rest! And initially, it …

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly… Birds fly over the rainbow, why then oh why can’t I? These words, from the song made popular by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, were sung to me by my mother when I was a young girl and when I was a new mother anytime I got discouraged or down. No matter what I was dealing with, she knew when to spontaneously start singing, and it always brought even the slightest smile to the situation. Today I don’t hear my mother’s wonderful voice as often…guess we thought I out grew it, …