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A Letter To Pinterest

Dear Pinterest, I’ve had some things on my mind for awhile now and I think it’s time we had a talk. When we first met, well, frankly, I didn’t understand you and it took me awhile before I was willing to dig in.  I think I was…

I Forgive You On One Condition

Record low temperatures swept across the country this week.  It was a high of zero where my husband was out of town and felt like fifty-five below.  I’m from Texas.  I don’t even know what that means. But that was nothing compared to the chill that was…

When You’re Tired of Running the Race

Once, my sister and I signed up for a half marathon.  She trained in one city and I said I was training in another. Race day came.  I was petrified and ill-prepared.  I am not a runner girl.  I never even came close to the recommended mileage but I…

Compassion Isn’t a Project

Leaving the house by myself, I felt just slightly empty…like wadded up wrapping paper left on the floor. Weeks of busy preparations and a flurry of work to bring Christmas to the homeless culminated on an uneventful, quiet and messy Saturday morning in a downpour. Isn’t life just…

How to Have a Holly Jolly Norman Rockwell Christmas Gathering

I used to live with a weiner dog in college.  I lived with his owners, too, but Max was the deal.  There was always a question you could ask him that would pin his ears to his head and send him into a shivering fit.  The words would barely be…

I want to hear from you on…the new year

In a little over a week, Christmas will have come and gone in a flurried hurry.  All the plans, shopping, meditating and celebrating will culminate on that day and we can sit back with a satisfied smile and a deep joy or sigh of relief.   Most likely, it will be…

No Good Thing

Sometimes I don’t understand this world. A lot, actually. It is hard to make sense of worldwide tragedy, untimely death, justice not being served, a hard-fought opportunity handed to someone else, unfair sickness, the loss of a job for a righteous man, a good woman left behind&#8230…

December Book Giveaway

When I started reading this book, I closed it after the first chapter and threw it rather forcefully across the room.  I was scared of it.  See, I thought I had written a book that I had forgotten about: Lysa is talking about me from inside my own head. Lysa…

Have Yourself a Mary Little Christmas

With the holiday bustle in full swing before The Holiday even gets here, we are hoppin’ people.  Right?  Since when did Black Friday start on Thursday while the turkey was still warm and we haven’t even swallowed the last bit of Aunt Betty’s pecan pie? This year. And…

Jinja On My Mind

This summer I entered a drawing for a chance to go to Moldova, Russia to serve with Children’s Hope Chest.  When I enter something, anything, I have automatically won it in my mind. Every. Single. Time. I had already started thinking about who could help handle the kids and…