This past December, my husband, myself, and my youngest son traveled to St. Augustine, Florida, for a wedding; the wedding was lovely; however, beyond the wedding, there were lessons to be learned. Isn't it strange, the surprise encounters we find on our life journey? Sometimes, just an ordinary experience opens our eyes, and we see
On our sailboat, we have a lantern that we use when we are away from the dock; it is incredible how a single light can illuminate a dark space at night. As Christians, we are called to be that light, one to another, in this world. We too, are 'lanterns', even when we feel our
We all need room to grow, space where we can be ourselves, and find our way. Our lives are in a continuous flux of change from the cradle to the grave, and then beyond into eternity. It is no wonder we often suffer 'growing pains', because we must always make allowances and adjustments for something
The temptation to set ambitious goals for ourselves at the start of a new year is remarkably appealing; when the reality sets in that most of our 'goals' require a significant degree of work and 'staying power' over time, our enthusiasm may wane. What is it about the eve of a new year with all
"Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day." Helen Steiner Rice It is most certainly true that the spirit of Christmas must live in our hearts each and every day of the year. It is our mission as Christians to bring 'Christmas' to the whole world over, including our neighbors
What if I were granted sixty wishes, one for every year since I was born? The sun is up; the sky is blue; my feet are free to dance. How could I ever ask for more? God hands us a paint brush, and we paint our lives away, splatters on our pants, but a new
It is less than a week until Thanksgiving; we thank God for our blessings, and Christmas, soon to be. The season of light is upon us. This is the light that has come into the world so we can 'see' even in the deepest darkness. It has been a dark and dreary week in Virginia.
We often dismiss the little things in life, but oddly, it is the little things that define our days. It is all the choices we make day in and day out that tell the story of our lives. When we choose the smallest of things that make us happy, it has a ripple effect. The
A walk in the neighborhood may seem like an ordinary thing; however, to a dog, a walk is an extraordinary affair, an occasion for bliss. We can learn so much from our pets. They teach us to live in the moment and celebrate life as it is happening. I was not in the mood for
Sometimes, we have to begin again and look at a situation from a totally different perspective; we may need to start on a fresh page, because a new outlook changes the picture we see. I bought an artificial Christmas tree and we assembled it on the front porch to get a good look at it.