Digging deep into the crevices of my bag, I prayed to find any morsel with which to appease the hunger pangs of my over-stimulated, worn out toddler. The museum was crowded. The day was long. My time was up and the bag supplied nothing. Not even a half-eaten granola bar or a couple sticky fruit…… Continue reading Can I Have This Dance?
My world was closing in and I felt suffocated. My soul was landlocked, hemmed in, and I desperately needed to stretch and breathe. I had looked forward to my vacation at the beach for weeks. Grabbing my camera, I headed out the door of the condo. The sun warmed my shoulders, though there was a…… Continue reading Take Off Your Shoes
Wave after wave of excruciating labor coursed through her body. When the insides of a woman begin to cramp and push, there is an intensity and purpose which will not be hindered. Lack of control over what is happening in her can lead to despair. From the depths of her being my daughter summoned the…… Continue reading On the Other Side of Pain
Have you ever wanted to run away? Not permanently – just for a couple hours or days … okay, let’s be honest … a couple months. When the kids were little and the house was boisterous I had a recurring fantasy. I would go someplace pretty and quiet. The quaint cottage where I would stay…… Continue reading Make Mine Almond with Honey, Cream, and a Side of Quiet
Some days it’s just so hard to focus. Confusion sets in when things don’t go the way I think they ought. Consistent change is slow coming. Old behavior patterns rear their ugly heads. What follows are the effects of stress: the extremes of lack of appetite or binge eating, insomnia, little-to-no motivation for daily tasks,…… Continue reading How to Impress God
I am excited to welcome my friend, Andy Vaughn, to Treasures Hidden as a guest blogger. Andy is a kindred hope sharer and Jesus follower. I suppose I can get over the fact that he is an avid dog-lover. And I must confess I’m totally jealous of his new espresso machine and wish that he’d…… Continue reading Fractured Faith: Standing Tall When Goliath Doesn’t Fall
I have a moonflower vine. It grows on a trellis just outside my sunroom. Most every night I peek outside to see if it’s blooming. The flowers are as big as my hand, smell faintly sweet, and have heart-shaped leaves. It is by far one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. I’m…… Continue reading Of Moonflowers, Light, and Love
Remember playing hide and seek as a kid? My family used to play hide and seek on my grandparent’s farm after dark. The person who was “It” counted and everyone else scattered. Light from the house windows and moon eclipsed by trees and bushes cast shadowy dens across the property. It was hide and seek…… Continue reading Why is God Hiding?
“So, how’s the new plan coming?” my friend asked me. “New plan?” I stared blankly as my mind raced to figure out what she was referring to. “Ohhh – the new plan! You mean the plan beyond getting up in the morning and making the coffee? That plan?” Half-joking, I quipped that I should be…… Continue reading The New Old Plan
Maybe I should just say, I need a better plan. Okay, okay. I just need a plan. A plan for the morning and the rest of the day. I don’t have one. Well – wait – unless you count the one about boiling the water for my morning French-pressed wake up elixir. Straight up. Black. Strong. Yeah, I…… Continue reading Do You Need a Better Plan?