Source of Joy

Over the last few years, as I was going through dialysis and waiting for my kidney transplant, people often remarked on my joyful spirit. I explained my joy was part of the way God wired me and I have always tended to approach life with a joyful spirit. I shared how God was sustaining me …

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Strong Foundations

15 tons of gravel have been brought in by bobcat, scoop by scoop, carefully laid, 2” at a time to create a secure foundation for an 18” retaining wall. Added is a large spool of geo grid to help secure the wall being built. This wall supports the patio which will be laid on top, …

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Hope and Renewal

Slowly my eyes open as my brain awakens to the celebration songs of spring. A sweet chirping, a calling back and forth, announcing their return, the birds welcome one another back. Opening the curtains, I’m amazed to see the ice no longer has its grip on the lake. Could it be, is it too early …

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In Step With God

Brisk air fills our lungs, refreshing, invigorating. Walking hand in hand, our pace increases, our walking rhythm matching one another. Deep ruts invade the path before us, evidence of the work being done in the forest. We separate, avoiding the deep ruts, our pace slows as we climb to the summit. As the terrain levels, …

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Hope in the Midst of Restlessness

I am a pacer. I pace when I’m bored, when I’m restless, and when I’m anxious. I don’t know why I choose to pace, it rarely solves the underlying cause. In fact, what usually happens, my emotions begin to rise and fall with the ever increasing pace of my heartbeat, and as my emotions rise, …

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Precious Moments

The words echo in my head, “Come see gamma!” My granddaughter wanting my full attention, she grabs my hand and with joy pulls me to see her rock pile. She sees beauty in each rock she gently placed on her chair and desires for me to see what brings her joy. The sweetness of seeing …

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Squeals of delight fill the air as a feast of bubbles float through the backyard. Swirling and floating upwards with the wind, her delight increases as numerous bubbles land on the grass. My granddaughter, Eevy, excitedly runs in circles, unable to contain the joy in her soul. Bubbles are everywhere. Let’s be real, delighting in …

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Love’s Outstretched Arms

Life is full of surprises. As I’ve continued walking on this path of a pandemic life, God is placing incredible moments of joy in the midst of my isolation. In those moments, I find He is opening my eyes to areas where I’ve forgotten what it is like to live life fully connected to Jesus. …

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Excitement is in the air as I prepared to travel to a writers conference. With a sense of purpose and longing, I created business cards. Filled with anticipation, hope and apprehension, my dream moving to reality, I took the plunge to meet with a publisher, opening myself up in a way I hadn’t before. As …

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My Chosen Beloved

The music changes. Heads turn as we stand to welcome her into the room. Adorned in white her beauty brings forth fresh tears to the eyes of her beloved. With dewy eyes, she glances down the aisle at her chosen. Their eyes see only one another as she’s ushered down the aisle. The excitement swells …

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Switching Gears

Summer is beginning its surrender to Autumn. Creation is switching gears. Nightfall’s display of bold hues across the lake is earlier as the sunset migrates west across the sky. Dawn breaks later and the morning darkness causes me to burrow deeper under the covers. I am not planning on surrendering my summer days yet, but …

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Mistaken Identity

As I rounded a corner on my walk and glanced into a grove of small trees, my eyes opened wide as quickly took a breath. My heart beating rapidly, I stealthily crept closer. Quickly snapping a picture, I texted multiple friends with the declaration… Look what I saw on my walk! A baby owl!! My …

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