What constitutes a time of refreshment for you?


For me, this past Thursday-Sunday provided me with my personal definition of a time of refreshment.


–Time at a peaceful, beautiful holy place on a lake
–A peaceful, scenic drive soaking in God’s wondrous creation 



–Walking outside to see the lake and the sun
–A simple room with just a bed & small desk/chair/sink
–No other place to go
–No other commitments or activities to do
–No other outside people vying for my attention
–Quiet time alone
–Serving others in Christ
–Loving others as God does Continue reading “A TIME OF REFRESHMENT”


We are probably all pretty familiar with one of the well known Bible stories of Noah and the Ark, right?

Have you really taken time to think of what lessons we can learn and apply to our lives from the story?

Honestly, I probably never did until I heard a discussion about it recently.  Come along with me so we can take a deeper look into the lessons and parallels we can reflect on this week. Continue reading “LESSONS FROM THE ARK”


Where your passion meets your compassion there is your gift.

This past week I believe one of my passions met not only my compassion but God’s compassion too. I sensed His presence.



I marvel at God’s orchestrating people and circumstances in our lives. As I’m sure you know by now one of my passions is to hold babies and love on them. There’s just something so sweet and precious about snuggling with this loving, innocent creation that God formed. Continue reading “JUST BE HELD”


Do you ever think that your life doesn’t really have an impact on others?
Do you ever think that your life is not that important?
Do you ever think that since you are just a simple, ordinary person your life does not leave an imprint on others?


Hopefully your response to all of the above questions is a strong NO, but, if you are like me at all, maybe you sometimes get stuck in the trap of thinking YES to one or all of the questions. Continue reading “IMPACTING OTHERS”


As humans on this earth, what is something we have all experienced to some degree in our lives?  I would dare say…..




Who has “abandoned” you…whether intentional or out of one’s control?
What situations have made you feel abandoned?

Continue reading “ABANDONMENT”


Isn’t it always a pleasant surprise when we, as adults, end up being taught some life lessons from our children or even some children we may interact with in our life?


Sometimes we even say “out of the mouth of babes” with some of the wisdom that may come out of their mouths and sometimes we can learn lessons from their actions as well. Continue reading “SHOW THYSELF FRIENDLY”


Have you ever noticed that a simple act which may appear so “small” to you can be so “big” to someone else?

In other words, we never know when the smallest act of kindness can have the biggest impact in someone else’s life.

Continue reading “SIMPLE ACTS”


The first day of school this year for my youngest son started with him in the middle of a shower when suddenly the power went out quite unexpectedly!  I guess kind of fortunately, he didn’t have shampoo in his hair when that happened; instead it had to be a “no shampoo” day for him!  Our house has a well for water, not city water, so when the power goes out we do not really have water either! Not the best way to start the school year but it ended up much better than six years ago when our area experienced a flood that afternoon and was without electricity for 5 days. This time it was only a few hours. Continue reading “IN THE SILENCE”


What is there not to like about good ole Mister Rogers?

We all know Mister Rogers always shared great thoughts and advice, right?

Won’t you please take a moment to listen to this one minute video as he shared some words of wisdom with us?



Isn’t there such great truth in the wisdom Mister Rogers shared from his mother? Continue reading “ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE HELPERS”


Our hearts, orphans and widows.

What does the Bible have to say about those things?


Consider James 1:26-27:

26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (NLT) Continue reading “TAKE CARE OF THEM”