Miscellaneous Musings

God’s grace is real. This miracle took me from crippling depression to outrageous joy.

Blogs (1-13) recounting my journey to grace are listed under “My Beginnings in Grace.” More recent thoughts are posted under “Miscellaneous Musings.”

Let’s journey together.

My Beginnings in Grace

Begin the Journey

God’s grace is real. This miracle took me from crippling depression to outrageous joy.

Blogs (1-13) recounting my journey to grace are listed under “My Beginnings in Grace.” More recent thoughts are posted under “Miscellaneous Musings.”

Let’s journey together.

10) Hymns from The Zone

Interestingly, many of history’s best hymnists were walking through the midst of deep, deep trial. You get the opposite impression from most of their songs, such as “Like a River Glorious, “To God Be the Glory, “It is Well with My Soul,” or “Just as I Am.” That’s because these…

11) Neola Faith

Long before the concept of The Zone had entered my psyche, my life was being impacted by my Aunt Neola. Aunt Neola, along with her husband George, raised their eight children on a small farm just outside the Nebraska town where I grew up. The 10 of them lived in…

12) Always Learning

Having married in my thirties, I had long accepted that my nieces and nephews might be my only children. I adored them all. Jenny was a shining star, a beautiful girl who loved the Lord. She was a Junior Olympic gymnast, a cheerleader at her Christian high school, an accomplished…

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…