Personal Self-Development Isn't Optional


He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30, ESV) 11. Personal Development with great books! 12. Exercise opportunities (a great yoga studio & friends to walk with) 13. Smoothies (healthy eating to develop a healthy habit of eating less) 14. Meditation/Prayer (praying/meditating on gifts before I get out of bed) 15. Attending Doctor Appointments (developingContinue reading “Personal Self-Development Isn't Optional”

Hope Unswervingly


1 Corinthians 13:13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. Consummation: noun, perfection, fufillment Unswerving: adverb, turning aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight orContinue reading “Hope Unswervingly”

The Square Pill


Recently my medications changed. I now take a square pill. Yes, you read that right…a square. I have numerous pills and supplements that are oval or round and some are capsules and some are tablets. But, the newest anti-depressant that I take is square, and it works! Square. I feel square sometimes. I’m not likeContinue reading “The Square Pill”

Pets; They Just Know


Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” How is it that animalsContinue reading “Pets; They Just Know”

We're Old; We Get by on Grace & Laughter


[ Psalm 103 ] [ Of David. ] Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— Psalm 145:8 God is all mercy and grace— not quick to anger, is rich in love. Yesterday, one of my brother and sister in laws arrived for a visit. We huggedContinue reading “We're Old; We Get by on Grace & Laughter”

How We Approach Advent


How do we approach Advent? Our family has a tradition of lighting advent candles around a circular wreath. Did you know this tradition began first in Germany? “The story goes that the world’s first Advent wreath was created by a Protestant pastor in Germany, Johann Wichern, who was serving in an urban mission among poorContinue reading “How We Approach Advent”

Anxious Always–40-50 Years–Mature Girls


Chapter 5                 40-50 Years              Mature Girls Now I am in the season of answers.  Joining the ranks of mature girls, I love this decade that is emerging for me now.  I am brave.  I am comfortable in my own skin.  Conquering my anxiety and depression with medication, counseling, self-help books, faith-based books, and someContinue reading “Anxious Always–40-50 Years–Mature Girls”