God’s Wonder-land

  “Omigosh!” “Look at that!” “Can you believe it?!” These are just a few of the enumerable exclamations proclaimed during a recent road trip that my husband, Tom, and I took. We drove… well, that’s the “royal we,” as I was way too busy being a geology tour guide along...

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Jubilee

Maybe it was just something about being out west – but the first time I visited California I loved it right away. That was the year after I had graduated from high school. I had worked all summer in London painting houses, then in the fall, when all my friends...

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A Sucker Punch

You might have already heard the shocking news that I turned fifty earlier this month. Turning fifty was a mind-blowing, cataclysmic event – half a century in the making. A violent upheaval that shook my world and left me achy, slow to get out of soft chairs, and just a...

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GRAUPEL, GRAUPEL EVERYWHERE

This morning when I took Ramona and Obie out at 4:30am it was raining like crazy. Of course, dachshunds HATE rain as I think I’ve mentioned before concerning my two four-legged family members. I’m sure Ken and I look rather ridiculous to our early riser neighbors as we stand out...

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Best Friends Forever

The other day I heard a song, ‘7 Years’ by Lukas Graham. The first line of the song stuck with me and floated around my head for several days. It begins with, ‘Once I was 7 years old, my momma told me, go make yourself some friends so you won’t...

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A Bigger, Better Plan

A few months back I received a package in the mail from a Christian radio station. Inside was a letter thanking me for my $450.00 donation and for subscribing to the book club. They were so kind that they even enclosed my first book. After the shock wore off I...

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Here I Am Lord

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 There is a saying that “He who sings prays twice.” I think that is a fitting analogy for many of our...

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Lesson in Humility

Well, Super Bowl 50 is in the record books. I don’t know if you were a Broncos fan or a Panther fan or you simply didn’t watch. We watched but really didn’t have a “dog in the fight” so we were fairly neutral. I was probably pulling a little more...

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Unseen helpers

On the eve of my first official Sunday Service in Bovill, I was in a flat out panic. This was not a simple kind of panic but rather the kind that probably called for some sort of medical intervention.  After I’d paced, fretted, read and re-read my sermon, threatened to...

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Prayerful Moments

Am I praying in the “right way?” As a youngster, I prayed, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” before drifting off . In church, I learned how to bow my head and be silent, to kneel sometimes when praying, to stand and sing prayers aloud. But, I never really...

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