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Invitation From God

Last November, I went to a conference with a number of inspirational speakers. One of the speakers talked about a time in her life when she felt God had “invited” her to make a change, to do it differently, to consider another path, to step out of her comfort zone. I was intrigued by this idea of an invitation from God, as if God was inviting us each to a very special party called life. At the end of the week, in an effort to crystalize the message and the ways ... Read More »

Bouncing Back

I’ve had a rough start this year. I feel a bit like the boxing clown toy that I had as a child—the one that when I would punch it, it would go to the floor but then bounce back so that I could render another punch. Most of us experience these seasons in which life seems to be more challenging than it should be. When we wonder, “When am I going to get a break?” I have found that unlike that clown toy, it’s actually pretty easy to stay down ... Read More »

The Messy Road to a Miracle

I love flowers. I delight in flowers. I find a tremendous amount of joy in looking at flowers, caring for flowers and watching plants transform from ugly tubers or seedlings into works of art. The amazing fact that some also have a heavenly scent is just too wonderful for words. I find pleasure in perusing garden catalogues, garden books and garden websites. I enjoy doing research to find the perfect plant for that particular spot in the ever-changing, always-evolving painting that is my garden. Except for being pregnant, gardening is the closest thing to ... Read More »

Easter: It’s Not About The Egg

One of my favorite Easter traditions as a kid came courtesy of a much beloved aunt and uncle. It wasn’t a new outfit or a new pair of patent leather Mary Janes, although those items were fun treats over the years as well. No, it was the one and only chocolate Easter egg from See’s Candy. It was rich, fancy and so special it came in its own box. I remember thinking it was one of the prettiest things I’d seen. I’d enjoy small pieces at a time, sharing it ... Read More »

#forsaken

How does one write about Jesus on the cross without feeling a sense of missing something or not fully encapsulating this moment that we collectively experience each year through Lent? I have no clue and yet, here I am attempting to write about it. How do we understand the human and divine nature of Jesus when we read the parables, experience the miracles and teachings, and yet, see Jesus on the cross saying: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Again, not a clue. But I do know a ... Read More »

What’s Underneath It All?

Isn’t it amazing what you find when the snow melts? Mind you, I haven’t gone looking, but the puppies find everything. It was cute when they dug up sticks, several tennis balls and the long lost frisbee. But when they started finding candy wrappers, tissues, soggy newspaper, mashed aluminum cans and the random pile of poop, it wasn’t quite so funny any more. Sheesh. Where did all this stuff come from? Just a few days ago the yard was pristine, blanketed in beautiful, glistening, white. Not a blemish on it. Now ... Read More »

Look Up

I was shoveling in the middle of some of the heaviest snow of the season the other day when I paused and looked up. There were seemingly endless snowflakes falling all around me out of the vastness of the gray sky. I know infinity can’t really be defined, but if I had to, this image of snow is how I would define it. It was beautiful and oddly soul-stirring. I’ve always liked looking up. As a child I would float on my back and watch the clouds for long periods ... Read More »

40 Days of Mess Photo Challenge

Lent is an interesting season. I remember as a child, Lent meant my friends who were Roman Catholic had to eat fish on Friday. It also meant fish was on the menu every Friday in the cafeteria which was rather disappointing because Friday was the day I was allowed to buy lunch and fish was not my lunch food of choice. I also remember Lent as a time that I gave up my “favorite thing” which for me was black licorices—yes, that was and still is my favorite candy. Sacrifice ... Read More »

Messy on the Moguls

There is just something majestic about the view from the chairlift, mountains of rolling powder speckled with evergreens and interstitial aspens. The sky rising above them is an impossible blue, and the bright orb of sun insists you avert your eyes until green branches deflect the intensity and invite a moment of marvel. White sparkles dance as the wind whispers in a solo performance just for you. It makes you want to sing! My revelry is periodically interrupted by the swooshing and scraping of skiers below as a montage of ... Read More »

We Were Made to Thrive

I am trying something new this year. I selected a theme word for the year. The idea to do this came as a suggestion from a friend. He read a book, One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, and found the experience of selecting one word for a year quite fulfilling. So, for 2015 I have chosen the word, thrive. The dictionary definition for thrive is, “to prosper or flourish.” When I imagine flourishing, I imagine being in the ultimate sweet spot where I am doing exactly ... Read More »

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