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When It Rains, It Pours

I write this while sitting in beautiful Hilton Head, South Carolina where I am helping out my parents for 10 days as my dad recovers from surgery. Dad is closing in on 86 years old. Frankly, surgery is not something you wish on anyone of this age, and yet, it was the only option. He’s gone from shuffling around, to walking with a cane, to relying on a walker, to barely lifting his foot as the pain in his knee went on for almost six months. During the last two ... Read More »

Worry

The season of Lent has begun. Lent is a time of prayer and reflection. On Sunday our pastor asked us to read through one of the Gospels and really take a hard look at what Jesus said (in my Bible what Jesus says is in red letters). As I read through those red letters this morning in the book of Luke, I came across this: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Luke 12:25). There was a time when I was a big worrier. ... Read More »

The Hands and Feet of Jesus

“Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”                                                                    ... Read More »

One Wild and Precious Life

“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life?” I heard these words from Mary Oliver’s Pulitzer ... Read More »

Making God A Priority

“God wants first place in our life,” said Bishop Cho Sunday morning as we closed the 233rd session of the Virginia Annual Conference. He followed with a pretty convicting question, “Who is number one in your life?” Since Sunday I’ve been thinking a lot about that question. I want God to be first place and yet, the truth is, I crowd God out. This is mostly because I’m too busy. It is also because, quite frankly, I just don’t make God a priority. Two years ago, Bishop Cho challenged us to ... 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 »

The Power of the Positive

Our “Real Happy” sermon series has been focusing on Paul and the example he provided in terms of learning to be content regardless of one’s circumstances.  Paul’s letters to the Philippians were written while he was imprisoned. It is hard to imagine Paul being content while in prison, yet his contentment in Christ is clear as you read the following passage from Philippians 4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about ... Read More »

Practicing Gratitude

I saw the sign as I was leaving my Bible Study. It said something like, “Imagine if you only had today what you thanked God for yesterday”. Needless to say, I was rather convicted. It’s not that I don’t thank God.  I thank God before my meal; that counts, right?  But the voice in my head was pretty clear, “There is so much more for which you should be thankful. Have you really thanked God, lately?” If I were honest with myself I would have to admit that I need ... Read More »

Giving God More Room Through Prayer

I love Lent. Really, I do. I love this season because it is a time of year when we are encouraged—no, challenged—to reflect. I am a girl who loves to think. I am also someone who believes it is my job on Earth to fulfill my potential by helping others to fulfill theirs. So why wouldn’t I welcome a season that calls for us to reflect on what to do more of or less of in order to be ALL of what God intends for us to be? Lent is ... Read More »

The Problem With Advice

Am I the only one who finds it hard to give advice? I can’t be the only one who feels this way but it doesn’t seem that the world is lacking in people offering their unsolicited opinion advice. For the gifted empathetic person I would imagine giving advice is based on truly considering what is best for the person being offered the advice. This might require setting aside some of your own opinions on the matter if they do not apply to the situation. For example, I was married at the ... Read More »

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