A Childlike Heart

I have a dear friend whose son has down syndrome. Although he is a grown man, he has the heart and mind of a child, which endears him to all who melt him. He also speaks in a very soft whisper, making it difficult to understand what is being said. My entire staff joined together for supper several weeks ago […]

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Walking in the Wilderness

One of the teenagers I mentored, stopped in for a visit. I listened, softly offering a word of wisdom here and there. “But, you don’t understand—” She would stare at me. I felt the emotional slap go across my face. I was talking with myself twenty some years ago. I’d been just like this young girl, refusing to heed Godly […]

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Take Heart, the Lord Is With Us

We recently gained a new administrator at work. Many of the staff was already familiar with this person, but I was not. I’ll admit to being anxious and unsure what to expect. This even led to a panic attack during a very stressful time. Life is full of twist and turns. We never know what a day may bring. Some […]

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Walking in Obedience

I was asked to call in a pastor for a woman on hospice. I made the necessary call and was informed the pastor would be there in a few hours. I continued to walk by and the Lord kept impressing on me to go speak to her. Finally, I took a deep breath and followed his command.  I told her […]

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Shelter in the Storm

When Hurricane Florence came through, we took in evacuees from a sister facility along the coast. This was an adjustment for all of us. After all, we had an additional forty residents and all their staff. Two very different responses stand out in my mind. One lady crossed her arms, rolled her eyes and let out a disgusted sigh. I […]

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Waiting for the Unknown

For months I have been waiting for something, I’ve just not known what. I still don’t know what. But as one change after another took place, I knew the Lord was moving and working up to something. When I begin to grow antsy and frustrated with how long the process takes, Mama reminds me to be patient. “Sometimes He has […]

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Leaning on the Lord

I have undergone a lot of changes in both my personal and professional life in the last three months. More changes than I ever dreamed or imagined. I’ll admit it has not been easy and some of these changes have really left me shaken and struggling. I don’t understand all of these changes at the moment, but I know in […]

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Fighting Negative Thoughts

I know the Lord is working in my life at the moment because Satan has been doing everything possible to get me down. I have been fighting negative thoughts and the enemy has been using every insecurity, fear and past failure to get the best of me. I have to admit that on my than one occasion I have wallowed […]

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Taking Time to Rest

Rest does not come easy for me. There is too much that has to be done and at times I push my mind and body past where I should. After taking a few days off for rest, I discovered my body fought back and said “that’s not enough”. I ended up with a severe sinus infection which is no fun. […]

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Getting My Heart Right

A while back I was to teach Bible Study for my residents. I had everything ready and began bringing residents into the activities room. Then several visitors came in, each speaking with the same resident. More than thirty minutes passed as this resident continued to manipulate the time and other residents began to leave. Nothing seemed to stop the interruption. […]

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Overcoming Fear

I have a love hate relationship with bridges. I love to look at them and explore them. I hate to ride over long bridges or walk over them if they are not stable. On a day trip, I decided to stop and walk a new walking trail. I’d ridden by it numerous times but never walked the trail. After walking […]

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Putting God Between Me and the Problem

  Last week I shared about worrying about tomorrow.  Recently various circumstances have overwhelmed me. No matter how much I tried to find a solution or brainstorm I was stuck. No answers were coming. With each answer, my frustration grew. Then I read a devotional. The devotional said something to the extent of instead of putting your problem between you […]

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Worrying about Tomorrow

  Recently I have been prone to worry. This is nothing new. I’ve had more than I can handle. Between moving and trying to figure out the next step after my temporary lease runs out, along with staff changes and extra stresses at work, my heart has been heavy. I have been worried about how everything will work out. When […]

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Should I retaliate or Forgive?

Upon learning the circumstances behind my forced move, I had a number people say “you should sue”. Should I? Was it worth it? I thought about it. I prayed about it. But I did not feel led to sue. Not that what the owners did was right, but the Lord would not allow me to retaliate in such a form. […]

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Planting a Seed

  Figuring out the next steps after my sudden move have not been easy. I was thrilled when I discovered I qualified to buy a house but heartbroken when I discovered I still needed to save a considerable amount. Pouring my heart out to Mama, she said “but God has planted a seed. You know what’s possible now.” She was […]

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Suffering for Others Sins

  When I discovered I had to move, I was angry. I paid my rent every month on time. I was moving not because of something I did, but because of something the owners did. I was the only one suffering the consequences for their selfish decisions. The news was not new to them, because their actions had caused it. […]

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When God Shuts a Door

  I shared with you about God maneuvering a situation where I had to move. The news was a complete surprise and I left no stone unturned in attempting to discover the unexpected story that led to this set of unusual circumstances. A set of circumstances my rental agent and her business partner had not seen in their more than […]

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When God Pushes Us Out of Our Comfort Zone

  On more than one occasion I have asked the Lord to work and then questioned, doubted and debated when He took his time. Sometimes we want the Lord to move and other times He moves when we’re not looking for it at all. Several months ago, the Lord completely took me by surprise. I was happy and comfortable where […]

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Treasure the Moments

Today is my grandmother’s 94th birthday. Watching her grow older and frailer has not been easy on us to watch.  With the loss of hearing, caring on a conversation is even difficult. Yet, she is a trooper and continues to push herself to do what she is able to do.  She has taught us how to grow old gracefully. Yet, […]

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Patience in the Change

I have been honest about my struggles to lose weight.  It is not easy and while I have lost about fifteen pounds it is very frustrating when I have so much further to go. At times I feel as if I’m on a yo yo and I will put on a pound or two and then take off a pound […]

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