Early in my ministry I had books of canned sermon illustrations. You could look up any topic and find a story, joke or charming anecdote. For example, JOY: Jesus and Moses were playing golf.... Thank God I rid myself of all those books. They were terrible. Thank God I learned real life was richer, fuller,… Continue reading joy.
It is a spiritual practice. I check in with myself every day to see how I'm feeling. When I journal every morning, after I review the day that has just passed, I jot down what I know about the current day. Then, I write down what I'm feeling. It is almost always a "mixed grill"… Continue reading Peaceful Butterflies
In a class I attended on journaling we were told we should decide whether our journals would be about real life or spiritual life. The teacher said, "It can't be both." "Wrong!" I said to myself then and now. Real life is tightly braided with spiritual life. I believe that is how it is created… Continue reading God Kisses
This weekend was another happy college football weekend for our family, if you don't count the outcome of the game. It was especially delicious for us because all our children were there, our son-in-law, our grandson, other relatives and lots of friends, old and new. Football weekends are always very busy and loud with cannons,… Continue reading Breaking News
Today, all of nature got the memo that spring has officially begun. At least that's how it is here in Texas. The day was awash with blue skies, a breeze, new grass the once a year lime to kelly green color, trees with baby tender leaves. I saw all these flowers with only buds. I have to wait… Continue reading On My Walk…
We are getting ever so close to our first grandbaby's due date. I bought Half and Half that expires after his July 1 due date, so it's close! We all: friends, extended family and of course, his parents and grandparents are just abuzz with anticipation. When we will he come? How will it unfold? What will he… Continue reading Already Wrapped in Layers of Love
We had Rusty, our Golden Retriever, for 12 years. When he died, a year ago January, his absence was palatable and it took our family a long time to grieve losing him. A few months ago, we started the process of looking into rescuing another dog. We worked with DFW Lab Rescue (dfwlabrescue.org), to begin… Continue reading Ten Puppy Truths for People