Friday, September 30, 2016


Life is so fast.

People walk fast. They eat fast. They drop in and out of friends’ houses fast. They drive fast and they sometimes talk and hug fast.

Everything seems to be “amped” up.

We are busy. Our schedules are jam-packed. Even sleep can seem fast on those days when we drop into bed late and rise way before we’d like to.

It’s all just…so…fast.

My children are growing up – fast. Time seems to be going by – fast.  Yet I just want it all to slow down.

I want to linger.

I want to linger on my walk and enjoy the beauty around me.

I want to linger while I eat. Relish the food I’m tasting and the atmosphere.

I want to linger with my friends and linger in bed in the mornings so I feel rested instead of rushed.

I want to look around me. Smell things. Taste them – not just gulp them. I want to soak in the relationships and people God has placed in my life.

Do you remember -  lingering?

I remember lingering after church when I was a little girl. I’d walk around this square bench that went around a tree. I’d walk down one side, up the other, down the other, and then the other and back around again. I wasn’t bored. Sometimes I’d skip. Or just walk slowly. But I enjoyed it.

I remember lingering over meals when I was dating. Just trying to stretch time out to the maximum. Looking into each other’s eyes and delving deep into each other’s hearts with conversation and caring.

Lingering means something. It focuses outward instead of inward.

Lingering renews. Refreshes. And enjoys. “Fast” simply runs and accomplishes.

If I could choose between the two – I’d definitely choose lingering. How about you?

What choices can we make today to linger a little bit longer?  To find and tap back into that “something” that we all know we are missing in our daily life?

Don’t buy into “fast.” It’s not that pretty or popular and it will overstay its welcome quickly. Opt instead for “linger.” It’s genuine, authentic, and caring. And it will add more to your life than the time you could ever give in return.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Are You With Me?

Are you with me, when I act like a goofball? Will you still love me when I gain weight?

Are you with me, when I accidentally rip your favorite shirt? Are you still proud of who I am, when I cry ugly tears at a movie?

I can be needier than I should be, at times. 

I can overreact.

I can have bad breath after eating a huge burger with onions.

I am not perfect. But I love life.  Sometimes this may mean that I try to dance to my favorite tunes or belt them out loud in the car.  I might forget to vacuum and dust the house, because I got caught up in something fun. And I may want to hug you too many times in public, because I am just – so – proud – of – you.

Are you still with me in this thing called life?

Will you still be my friend? Even on my bad days when I get irritated easily?

Will you still love me as my spouse? Even when I don’t look my best?

Will you love me, my child? Even if I embarrass you in front of your friends?

Everyone needs people in their life who are with them through thick and thin. People who laugh at the dorky moments of life, cry together over the heartbreaks, and weave a story of ups and downs together.

Everyone needs someone who they know won’t abandon them when the going gets tough. When the ground gets rocky. Or when the ship starts tossing on the seas.

Everyone needs someone to believe in them.  Someone to love them, and see past the outward – into the inward.

Are you that person? Are you with your friend….. your spouse….  Your child…. Your siblings….. for life? Not because you HAVE to, but because you WANT to?

That’s what people are asking.  They are asking, “Are you still with me?”

How about it?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wise Words Come From Those Who Have Known Deep Pain

Some of the wisest words you will ever hear, are from those who have known deep pain.

Those who have embraced God’s grace – His mercy, and have come out on the other side with humility at being alive…… they have great stories. They have great testimonies.

And they have great wisdom.

Sometimes we listen to those who have been dealt many hardships and blows in life; yet they don’t have the wisdom and insight we need. Because they are still bitter. They are still pained.  They are still IN the fight – even though the fight really ended years ago.

It’s only the victors of pain; those with tender tales, who have the most loving and hard-earned pieces of advice. Advice we should heed.

They are true warriors. True heroes. They don’t see themselves this way, of course. And it’s precisely why they are leaders. Leaders of overcoming,; of winning the battle against hate, bitterness, unforgiveness, and great, great pain.

Tough battles are faced among most of us. Only a few, know how to take what blows they are dealt, and use them to make them stronger, instead of weaker.

Deep sorrow is a part of life. It takes strong faith, to press in to God, and not let it overtake you. 

Tears will fall. Things may be kicked. Yelled at. But still, there are those who trust God enough to let Him reveal the joy, blessings, peace, and Holy purpose that can be found in the deep crevices of life.

God is ultimately a refuge and strength.  Trust those who have seen that up close and leaned into it with all they have. Trust those who did not let the battles of life beat them so much that they gave in to the battle itself, even after it was over.

There is great wisdom to be had in letting these soldiers love on you, advise you, and help you.  Listen to them.

God placed them there for you.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Where You Are Now, Is Not Where You Will Always Be

Some things in life feel like they will go on forever. It can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

But there IS another side.

If we can step outside of the cloud that seems to hang over our every move in a certain ‘season’ of life – we will see….. we will see and remember.

God is always faithful. He always walks with us.

We have overcome other things in our lives. We have stepped through to the other side. We can look back and see that that SOMETHING, indeed passed.

And this something will pass too.

Where you are now, is not where you will always be.  Life changes. It moves onward.

Keep your feet moving forward. Keep plugging away from day to day. Keep praying and keep your faith. And you will see, once again, that the cloud moves on. You will see the sun again – and it will be so glorious. The warmth will radiate within you, as you feel the reward of not giving in.

As you see how you’ve grown.

You WILL get there. Stay on the path. Keep walking. Run, if you have to. Crawl if you have to. But keep moving forward.

Keep believing and persevering.

And before you know it, you will see that you are somewhere new. You ARE renewed. And you can turn around and look back on where you once were. And realize you don’t live in that spot anymore.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Refusing to Stand for our Anthem? My Thoughts.

I’m a little steamed.

I am a very patriotic person. I am patriotic because I believe in the Christian principles that this country was formed on. Maybe a lot of those have been whittled away over the years, but I still believe in them.  And I believe in the freedoms we have. I have been abroad, and you can’t fully understand how free we are, until you’ve been abroad. And… I’ve been all over the US. It is a diverse and gorgeous country.

So, I see this football player refuse to stand while the national anthem is being played. And, initially, it irritated me. But then he did it again, and I guess some other players joined him. 

And now I hear of a soccer player doing the same.

Excuse me?  What happened to RESPECT?

I realize we have freedom of speech. And I want to keep our freedom of speech. But freedom of speech should be used very intentionally and carefully. 

If you don’t like our country – please leave.

If you don’t respect our country, then don’t publicly play football or soccer for it.

And if you don’t like what we stand for? Then don’t accept our COUNTRY paying you thousands of dollars so you can make a living playing a sport.

THAT is standing for something.

You will not go to a country in the world – where there isn’t injustice. Where there isn’t corruption somewhere. Where there isn’t something that is unfair going on. It’s called sin. Fight for that person. Fight for that situation. But don’t continue to let that country pay you so that you can spill your negative thoughts onto it as a whole.

I have friends who fight for the freedom of this country. They leave their families for months at a time so that someone can exercise their freedom of speech.  You can bet, they’ve seen injustice.

People need to unite for what is GOOD – not for what is bad. Encourage one another and motivate one another to be better. YOU be the example of what is moral, honorable, and valuable.

So, just as a public figure has the right to refuse to respect our national anthem, I have the right to say that I think he shouldn’t be allowed to continue to play on behalf of “said” national anthem and country.

If you don’t believe in something, don’t continue to be a part of it. But don’t poison the rest of us in the process.

I, for one, believe in my country. Despite the bad. Despite the corruption. Because I believe in the ONE who established this country. And I believe in the hearts of the good people who are still out there.

I WILL stand for my national anthem. I WILL put my hand across my chest. Because I believe in my country, and because I am thankful for its freedoms. Because I live somewhere where I am free to read the Bible. I am free to send my children to whatever school they want to go to, I am free to dress how I want to dress, and I am free…… to use my words and speak my mind.

I remember a football player who took a knee to pray before every game. If only he would have been given the same applause.  Freedom goes both ways – people.  Use it carefully.

Friday, September 2, 2016

There Is No Place In My Soul....Where God Is Not

There is no place in my soul, no corner of my character, where God is not. -Evelyn Underhill

I saw this quote recently on someone’s twitter profile. I immediately added it to my blog page, on my sidebar.

Everything in me wanted to shout, “‘YES!’ That is how I feel!!”

I am a fan of ‘Survivor.’ Have been, for years. I think mainly, it’s because I love to watch people, and learn from them. But I have always been disturbed by how easy it is for people to lie and deceive ….whether it’s in the name of a game, or not.

People do say, “It’s just a game.” But, as Evelyn Underhill says… “There is no place in my soul, nor corner of my character, where God is not.” So, if I’m playing a game, God is in me, as I play that game.

I will not cheat in a game because God is still in my soul, and in my character as I play out that game. It’s still ME playing that game. Whether it’s a game or not. It’s still my values, my reputation, my word – at risk.

And so that is why my heart leapt and shouted when I saw this quote. I resonate so wholeheartedly with it.

Everything I am, everything I do, comes from what I believe about God.  The actions I take, the words I say… they are outward appearances to others, of a heart and soul that is sold out to the Lord.

No, I am not perfect. I make loads of missteps. I stumble often. But the core of who I am, strives intentionally to live with God as the focus, priority, and leader of my soul and the character that I live with.

We should never compromise who we are, even if we feel it’s only temporary. Those choices, too, reflect our character.

I pray any stone unturned in my life, my home, my relationships, and most of all, my heart – will always show God existing there. 

May I never forget, or abandon Him.