8January 2018

Who Told You That You Were Naked?

January 8th, 2018|

Each January, millions of us make resolutions. We examine ourselves and our lives and decide what needs to be improved. The idea is that a resolution is an optimistic way to approach each new year, but in reality, it’s the perfect set-up for failure.

Studies have shown that fewer than 20 percent of New Year’s resolutions are followed through, and then for only a limited time. Why? Because rarely do resolutions really get to the root of dissatisfaction – self-judgement and loathing.

This year, as I sat down to draw up the list of things about myself that need to change, God […]

24July 2017

Love That Creates Value

July 24th, 2017|

“Be_________ so that you can be loveable.” We send this message to our children, our neighbors, the people we hire, our spouses, etc. Be a certain way so that I can love you, employ you, marry you, etc. That’s the criteria we use to make decisions. I will choose it if it conforms to what I like – whether it’s a dress, a neighborhood, a political party, a cookie, a friend. That’s not an unreasonable way to live, but what do I do with the things and people that don’t fit my criteria and expectations? Not seeing any value, we […]

14December 2015

The True Story of Mary and John

December 14th, 2015|

This is an old photo of my daughter, Mary Addison, and her friend Joseph. I love this photo for many reasons – mostly because our dear friend, Joseph, always saw angels and now he is with the angels. But this story is about an encounter Mary Addison had with a young homeless man and the blessing of never being in a hurry. For those of us who are often frustrated by how our loved one slows us down, I hope you enjoy!

Each Advent, our family prepares for the birth of Christ by re-committing to focus on the purpose and meaning […]

22September 2015

Isolation

September 22nd, 2015|

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Matthew 26:38 (NIV)

Jesus’ words here resonate with me. There have been so many times when I just wanted to scream “I feel so alone! I can’t do this by myself.” I have a wonderful husband and loving friends, yet I can still feel so alone.

The key word here is “feel.”  Mary Addison’s seizures seem to have the power to consume me to the point of losing everything else – my identity, my social life, my health, etc.  […]

7September 2015

The Power of the Powerless

September 7th, 2015|

I went to visit my most favorite teacher ever – my third grade teacher, Mrs. Hasell. I had not seen her in over 40 years, but fate brought us back together on this steamy Saturday afternoon.

She seemed like she was 103 years old when she taught me, but she really was 103 upon my visit. I hadn’t even known she was still alive. On this day, I visited her in her home where her daughters were caring for her. She was in a hospital bed, set up in the downstairs den. Her small frail body was all clenched […]