Year-Round Thankfulness

When you think of giving thanks, do you imagine a Thursday in November with family, gathered around an overflowing table? Or perhaps you envision endless football on TV, the making of Christmas lists, and plans for marathon shopping sprees. But shouldn’t Thanksgiving be more than one day a year? Among the definitions of “thankful” are […]

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An Empty Seat at the Table

This year, our family Thanksgiving will be different. This year, we’ll have an empty chair at our table. This year, a beloved family member, my aunt Marilyn, our “Chinkie,” who graduated to heaven in July, will be absent from our Thanksgiving table. All my life, she was present at every Thanksgiving. During my childhood, and […]

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What We See and What We Perceive

Last week, my husband and I slipped away for some time together to celebrate our anniversary. Several times, I observed a family in the hotel restaurant. It didn’t take long to hear the dad “riding” the two children with loud reprimands about the amount of food on their plates, their slowness in eating, spillage, and […]

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Slow Life Seasons

This year, in our area of the country, fall has been slow in coming. The trees remained green long after other areas. Then, seemingly overnight, the leaves turned, providing a riot of reds, golds, and oranges among the green. Sometimes, life seasons are slow to come or slow to leave. When you’re longing for a […]

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3 Keys to Emotional Healing

Most of us like for unpleasant or painful situations to resolve quickly. If we have surgery or an injury, we often chafe at the slowness of the healing process, wanting to hurry everything back to normal. We want the same rapidity with emotional healing, often stuffing hurts into a protected corner of mind and heart […]

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The Power of Encouragement

Several days ago, I sat in a long drive-thru line for over fifteen minutes after ordering. Horn blasts from the car behind me occurred several times, as if those in front of him could hurry the process. When I finally made it to the window, the eyes of the young attendant glistened with unshed tears […]

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Consequences Matter

Recently, as one of our grandsons played with a water gun while taking a bath, he sprayed the bathroom wall as well as the floor. Our daughter warned that if he did it again, she would take the water gun away from him. When he didn’t stop, she followed through, taking the water gun. The […]

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Welcome Fall

Although I enjoy the change each season brings, fall is among my favorites. I love the crisp coolness and bright blue skies of fall mornings, the subtle infusion of color in trees, the smell of burning leaves, and sounds of fall. Growing up, the local high school was on the other side of the creek […]

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6 Secrets to Personal Success

With the advent of football season, prognostications of success and defeat, analyses of injuries and coaching, talk of winning and losing, and endless rankings are everywhere. I sometimes wonder how players and coaches feel about the scrutiny they’re under. Expectations of perfection abound. Lauding and criticism stumble over each other. But what of personal success? […]

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