He is risen! Happy Easter!

A few months ago, I took a class where one of the assignments was to think of what qualities we would have if we were fearless and able to accomplish things that, in our own selves, would not be possible. We were told to think of heroes in our lives who already had the qualities we were lacking. I’ve never been a hero worshipper but if it made the assignment easier, I could put my mind to it. My first thought was what would it take to be a hero? …

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Super Bowl 50 … Afterglow

I’m curious. Did your team win? Not to gloat or anything, but mine did. Go Broncos! My oldest daughter, who passed away in 2010 was a diehard Broncos fan. She knew every statistic of every player, had strong opinions of strategies used on the field, and even wrote to the head coach with her advice. I have his reply in her mementoes, a letter thanking her for sharing ideas and then explaining why it was his job to make the best decisions. Tammie’s cats were named after her favorite players, …

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The 1st Mother's Day

Mother’s Day …. is today! I hope you aren’t too saturated with Mother’s Day stories already. Oh! And if you hurry you still have time to wish someone a happy Mother’s Day. Yesterday I noticed a marquee in front of our local flower shop proclaiming “Celebrate moms.  The original seatbelt.”  I know.  I laughed too.  If you were born before the 1970s, you will remember that wearing seatbelts was recommended, but not required.  My kids wore seatbelts, but they also unbuckled when I wasn’t looking.  Consequently, to this day, when …

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Accumulated Futures

I’m sitting here looking at this blank cell that starts out ‘What’s on your mind?” I have a lot on my mind – so much in fact, that I have just one thing to say – Happy, •*•♫♪¸.•* Happier *•♫♪¸¸ Happiest, ♫•*¨*•.¸ New ♪♫•*¨*•. Year¸¸.♫♪♪*¨*•*•♫ Remember that today is the beginning of a new year, but it is never too late to begin again – every moment is a new opportunity. Nothing will ever be perfect, but it can be better. Tomorrow is an accumulation of all the moments of …

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Comfort and Joy

Comfort, comfort my people … shortly before I went to bed, I got a text from a friend with a message not unlike many I had received this week. “Without warning two of my friends were laid off indefinitely from their jobs. Please help me pray for them.” I had a sick feeling multiplied by the number of similar requests to pray just in the past week. From my recent prayer journal pages – Please pray: My mom has dementia and I don’t know how much longer I can care …

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What's in your snowball?

What’s in your snowball? I’ve been thinking about snowballs a lot lately. It might have started when I opened email from several different friends and saw was a snowball headed straight for me. Maybe these thoughts of snowballs was prompted by a text from my grandson, Tyler, stationed in Virginia, saying “I want snow for Christmas”. I texted him back with a photo of our back yard with the inscription “I think we can comply.” Why do we love snow? It’s not because we love the challenges it presents. It’s …

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Downhearted? No!

Are we downhearted, no, no, no –  Are we downhearted, no, no, no – Troubles may come and troubles may go, but we’ll trust in Jesus … I remember standing up in children’s church at the age of 8 surrounded by other kid’s singing with our outside voices, boisterous and in no particular key. Singing and shouting – Are we downhearted?  No! No! No!   But sometimes we are downhearted.  It’s easy to sing the words, belt them out for all the world to hear, but rumbling deep inside is a …

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You're ornery? What does that mean?

Ok everyone . .  .UP UP UP everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning “I’m ornery.”  Well, no.  I’m not ornery but that’s what someone said to me a few days ago.  I wasn’t sure what that meant.  When someone tells me they’re ornery I have to wonder.  Does that mean, “I’m ornery. Stay away from me.” Or does it mean “I’m ornery. I’m tired and worn out.” Or does it mean “I’m ornery. I need someone to tell me they care about me.” What if the answer is variable …

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Take back your time day!

Did you know there’s an official day for reclaiming your time? Me either, but if you want to get your time back, apparently today is the day.  October 24th is Take Back Your Time Day. Seriously. Here’s the official statement from https://www.timeday.org In July 2011, the United Nations urged all member nations to make “the pursuit of happiness” the goal of their governments and (here it is) find ways to measure their success.  It further claims that “Take Back Your Time is a major United States/Canadian initiative to challenge the …

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Refining Grace