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In her book, Fervent, Priscilla Shirer says, “If I were your enemy, I’d disguise myself and manipulate your perspectives so that you’d focus on the wrong culprit—your husband, your friend, your hurt, your finances, anything or anyone except me. Because when you zero in on the most convenient, obvious places to strike back against your problems,…Read More
My hand aches from clenching my fist as the phlebotomist tries to find a vein. He sees the one he wants and goes for it. “You’re going to feel a pinch,” he says. I brace myself but don’t look away. Watching appeals to me for some odd reason. Much to my surprise, I feel nothing—not…Read More
Last week a mom spoke to me about her recent heartache and I believe Empty Nesters will understand. Her adult child was hospitalized, and everything in that mom wanted to take off and be fully available to help. However, circumstances made it impossible. There’s something in a mama’s heart that wants to get to the situation and…Read More
It would be really bad if I tripped and hurt something. No sooner had the thought run through my mind then my ankle gave out and I fell to a knee. There was a moment of pause as I assessed the situation and realized nothing was truly hurt—maybe my pride, but nothing major. It was…Read More
The word “trust” has two different meanings. One is a verb, to trust, which is an action. It means to rely on or place confidence in someone or something. The other is a noun, trust, which is an asset managed by a third party. For purposes of this essay, it is a combination of the…Read More
Summer is a perfect time to try something new or find relaxing rhythms that might last until next spring. Whether you read more, cook more, get outside more with your kids (who are home all the time, eat everything, and are always asking “are we there yet?”), the longer days of summer are full of…Read More
Solitude. Quiet. Sleep. Freedom from busyness. An unhurried and peaceful way of living. All of these words paint a picture of rest to me. Lazy afternoons. Unhurried mornings. Hours and hours to read, write, or think. But those kinds of days—they make movies, not my calendar. On the precipice of 2019, God entrusted with me…Read More