13) Not Alone in The Zone

Has your life ever been touched by a zone dweller? Are you thinking you’ve never met a zone dweller? I’ll bet you have. They’re everywhere. You’ll find them in the most unexpected places. My husband and I had the privilege of delivering blankets to the homeless in Philadelphia a few…

Birthmarks

Have you ever heard a message from the pulpit that truly clarified a mystery, and then, because of its profound personal impact, that message found permanent residence in your heart? One of the most memorable sermons I’ve ever heard came from my Arizona pastor. Even though I heard the sermon…

Getting Real About Pain

On the positive side, we must acknowledge that we’d be in trouble without pain. Pain is the alarm that warns us of injury or illness. Pain causes a response to withdraw from the source of injury or to seek treatment when injury has already occurred. Oftentimes pain is the reason…

Correction

No one likes it, correction that is. No one. It’s rarely ever welcome. It’s never comfortable. It grates against our (human) nature to be reminded that there is much outside our finite grasp of understanding. We want to believe that we’ve “arrived,” that we’ve lived long enough and been through…

Misunderstood

“But you look okay.” How many of you have heard something similar? Oftentimes those of us who struggle with an invisible disability are misunderstood. Because our condition is not marked by a cane, a wheelchair or an obvious physical abnormality, we are deemed to be fully functional and without excuse.…

Child-like Faith

If you have children, you’ve likely learned more from them than they have from you. Children have a way of keeping you humble without even trying. Sometimes they are a reflection of you, which can be downright frightening. They are the ultimate accountability partners because they don’t miss a beat.…

Blessing

How would you define “blessing”? Would you think in material or financial terms? Would you say that quality relationships or fulfilling life experiences constitute blessing? I doubt there’s a right answer here. It’s a matter of personal perspective. My definition of blessing has changed dramatically over the years. We live…

Think Titanic

I take great joy in responding to my readers. Their questions and comments are sometimes challenging, but I welcome that challenge. After all, I’m no stranger to questions. As a natural skeptic, I spent years asking the tough questions myself. I am now more than satisfied with the answers received…

Perfect Plan B

Nothing is more fascinating than people watching. I am absolutely intrigued by human behavior, and I am guessing you are too. When it comes to planning and organization, there seem to be two camps – the consummate planners and those who just roll with whatever comes. There is a gray…

What’s All the Fuss?

 I remember receiving visitors at our home in Pennsylvania during the Christmas season. Our home was adorned with outdoor lighting, and, inside, we were decked out with a tree, garland and angels. The visitors were Jehovah’s Witness missionaries. Their mission was not only to convert our household to their faith…