Growing in Life

Help When You Need It

A few weeks ago God gave me an assignment. Not one that I didn’t have experience for. But one that required the best of me–or, better than my current best. Even better said, I needed help and all God could give for me to complete it well. The assignment? Enter a writing contest. The prize? A scholarship to a premier writers conference. Writing the article was not horribly scary, but the thought of winning terrified me. Because that would require even more of me–my abilities, my time, my courage–than I possess. At first I wondered if participating in this writing contest was… Read More ›

Freedom in Wide Open Spaces

For many years I traveled Houston freeways to and from work–eighty miles round trip. I was good at it, too–fearlessly and seamlessly moving in and out of traffic with the best of them. I still drive in Houston, but not usually during rush hour. But when traffic gets snarly, I put on my “Houston driver hat,” and get down to business. Over the last several years, however, I have developed an unhealthy fear of freeway driving. (Given the state of today’s drivers, maybe it isn’t so unhealthy!) I hate being boxed in. There is a particular stretch of freeway I try to… Read More ›

Do You Need to Know? It’s OK Not to Know.

Our family watches something on TV and an actor or actress appears on the screen. We think, Hey… who is that? What were they in? It niggles at my brain and I need to know! So I pull up my trusty movie database app, and find out who it is and where we’ve seen them.

When is that package arriving? No problem. I check the online shipping schedule, and can know within a few hours when a package will arrive at my house.

Finishing Forward

My two older kids just had their cap and gown pictures taken. A few days prior, my husband was going through pictures on his computer and came across a few of them as toddlers. What a difference! It sounds trite to say, but as the parent of high school seniors, it’s a rite of passage! It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were pulling them around the cul-de-sac in their little red, Radio Flyer wagon. I stood to the side as the photographer’s staff chose the right sizes for them. While one was being photographed in her cap and gown, the… Read More ›

What Are You Looking For?

What are you looking for? What are you desperate to find? Is it something tangible, like a set of keys? Maybe a valuable piece of jewelry? Maybe it’s something intangible—and much more valuable. Maybe you feel like what you seek is—out of reach. About a month ago, my husband and I went to see the film “Risen,” the story of Christ’s resurrection as viewed from a high-ranking Roman soldier. The story begins with the end of the crucifixion. Pilate instructs a Roman Tribune, Clavius, and his assistant to make sure “the Jew” is dead before sundown—ensuring that the body is not… Read More ›

Laying Down The Conductors Baton

I love music! I always have. If it wasn’t piano lessons, it was band. If it wasn’t band, it was choir. At one point, I was a music education major. But I realized, although I loved music, I didn’t love it enough to make it my career. Or maybe I loved it too much to make it my career. 😉  In my music theory class, I learned the nuts and bolts of conducting music. Thirty years later,  I still direct any and all music that I believe is amazing. Yes … in my car, watching the opening sequence to “Blue Bloods,” sometimes even… Read More ›

Run WITH Purpose in Every Step

Sometimes events in your life line up together and point a focused light beam in the direction you are supposed to go. Well, without even asking God for it, He is doing that for me now. Reminds me of this verse in Isaiah … “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” (Isaiah 65:24, NLT). I participated in the #write31days challenge in October with the focus of living without. In response to a friend’s encouragement, for the last several weeks, I’ve been posting… Read More ›