Trees and autumn are almost synonymous in my part of the country, for with the loss of summer flowers, midwestern trees fill the land with year-end color. The brilliant foliage keeps our landscape exciting and even, at certain bends in the road, magnificent. The Trouble with Trees My mom always felt trees made property more…Read More
I Tried to Resist, But Fall Decor is a Weakness
I tried to resist. Honest, I did. But the next thing I knew I had dragged boxes, bags, and tangles of vines and dried fruit into my living room. It was Fall in my mind, which meant pumpkins, sunflowers, & bittersweet for starters. Someone should have alerted the weather station as to my intentions. They…Read More
From Panic to Peace
If you are a panic-attack sufferer, you will need to roll up your sleeves and commit to the task of your own well-being. Others can offer advice, comfort, and medication, which can all be helpful. But until you take an active role in your own restoration, dramatic change will be unlikely. I wanted the Lord…Read More
Blame is Easier.
Good Morning! Oh, wait, it’s already past noon. Well, anyway, happy Monday! No, no, that’s not right either it’s Friday the 7th of July. Nope, try again Patsy, it’s AUGUST. August? That means the last month of summer, and I was waiting for vacation to start. You know, trips to Disneyland, neighborhood barbecues, beaches, concerts,…Read More
July? It’s July??
How can the days feel so long and yet the months scurry? Covid-19 has certainly been jarring to our world. It’s changed our plans, highlighted our loneliness, increased our anxiety, impacted our economy, exposed our frailty… In and through this journey Jesus remains who He has always been. Savior, Shepherd, Counselor, Healer, Companion, etc. Remember…Read More
Eden and Vine
I came across something just recently that delighted me. First of all, let me tell you that I’m a magazine girl. I like being able to go in and out of an article quickly. I like to learn that way as well as learning in a hefty book full of teaching. But when my mind…Read More
Are You Longing for Community? Me Too!
Hey, girlfriends would you like to join me for some writerly fun? Our mutual long season of “time out” has reminded many of us of the immense joy in and necessity of community. So I thought, let’s get together on Facebook and talk about pals, paper, and potstickers. Huh? Potstickers? (keep reading). I’ve decided to form…Read More
Oh, God what now?
Guards with bloody hands gambled for His clothes. Rulers sneered. And the people stood by and looked on. Darkness rumbled thundering judgment, the sacred rent in half, while the stench of death filled the land. The screams of suffering went eerily silent. It was earth’s darkest hour. Hope drained. The grave was sealed, as was…Read More
I must confess I am smitten with the Genesis creation account. It fills me with wonder and awe. I close my eyes and try to imagine the holy dynamics of those first birth pangs as darkness and disorder are called into form and light. To help my finite brain wrap around that moment… I think…Read More
Carry On: A Second Wind for Daily Life
“Second Wind; A Fresh Run at Life” by Charles Swindoll. It’s a slim volume with a massive message that I still remember today, over 35 years later. Of course, I do, since I read it over and over because it fed my spirit. The best attributes of its content is Charles Swindoll’s way with words…Read More