I had a rather interesting dream recently. I am sitting close to the stage at the Oscars, settled between two successful actresses you would likely recognize, They are known for the depth and skill of their character portrayals. Somehow in this dream world, we know each other well. Having started out in an acting career about the same time, we had mutual respect for each other’s skills. To give some brief context, I have professional acting and singing experiences in my whee
I used to try to fit my Christianity into a box. Ever been there? I had a checklist that needed to be in place in order to feel good about my faith. Did I sit down, read my bible and pray every day? Check. Did I dress in a conservative, clean cut way? Check. Did I work hard and never make a fuss? Check. And I noticed the people sitting around me in church looked an awful lot like I did. It’s not that all of those things are bad per say, especially the part about spen
Yes or no? Should I go to Ireland for a girls trip? “Yes!” Do I agree to run a 5K with friends, even though I stopped running more than ten years ago? “Yes!” Will I teach at a mission retreat for children, youth and adults? “Yes!” Since my husband died I have been on a journey of healing and transformation. For the first few months after he died I was convinced that when his life ended, my did, as well. Fast forward a few years, and I have learned to live again. I continue t
Ever been paralyzed by fear? I certainly have. The what if's and the obstacles overwhelm me before I even start. Fear of pain, both real and imagined, can become my excuse to stay put and stay stuck, to no longer listen for the gentle whispers of God urging me forward. And even if I do hear that whisper swirling through my soul, fear can keep me from doing. I know that God is for my good, always. But I need reminders, you know? So, for a full year I had a quote in my ca
Jesus was asked to do things he didn’t necessarily feel he was ready to do. Picture him in the earliest days of his ministry. He had just called the first disciples to him. We pick up the story with Jesus at a wedding feast with his guys, relaxing and enjoying some of his last moments of "normal," knowing full well that soon He would travel and suffer and ultimately die on the cross for each one of us. Since he knew what was ahead of him, did he relish this special evenin
A young Jewish girl is captured by a conquering nation and made into a servant-slave. There is nothing particularly special about her, except she chooses to have a good attitude despite her circumstances. To still treat those around her, including her capturers, with respect and care. She chose to share her faith with her captors. Compare her with a second-generation immigrant who grows up consumed with crafting a successful business. He works hard to independently produc
In my morning quiet time, sitting on the chaise lounge on the couch, I noticed the positive messages I have strategically placed around my home. Realizing that wooden plaque messages are getting greatly overdone these days, I am still somehow inspired by some of my choices. The ones I have picked are the essence of what will help move me forward on this journey of life; especially life beyond grief. Take the message that hangs on the wall at the bottom of the stairs: “Let wha
They were down 32 points. They needed 5 touchdowns to win. F-i-v-e. Everyone had written them off. The Houston Oilers had scored 21 unanswered points. This included an intercepted pass right before halftime that led to a touchdown, with the Oilers completely dominating the Buffalo Bills. It was so bad, in fact, that most of the Bills fans left during the break, assuming the game was pretty much over. Their superstar quarterback, Jim Kelly, was out of the game, after all.