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?
I was in the dairy section at the grocery store when a man next to me reached for sour cream and said, “So, how ‘bout them Chiefs?” Looking around I realized he is talking to me. “Uhh …,” and I made a vague comment as I moved on to the cottage cheese. So did he. … Continue reading Of Impostors and Moments and Living Truth
I walked into a coffee shop on the fancy side of town. The usual crowd was assembled. Pairs of 40-something women sipped lattes and talked about work, church, and their kids. 30-something men sat alone and stared at the screens of their devices, tethered by earbuds. I assume this was so they wouldn’t have to … Continue reading An Extra Shot of Gratitude Goes a Long Way
Remember taking multiple choice tests? They were a favorite of mine because even if I didn’t know the answer, there was a 25% chance I’d get it right anyway. If the teacher threw in a silly option the odds increased greatly by process of elimination. Decision making can be similar to the multiple choice test. … Continue reading How to Decide When You Can’t Decide
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
There's a popular notion out there that God's design for marriage is not our happiness, but to make us more like Jesus. I have read articles and book summaries stating that our loving Father isn't at all concerned if we are happy in marriage. We need to stick it out no matter what, confess our … Continue reading Hope for a Happy Marriage
“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?