Can We Still Be Friends?

love-godlove-peopleWhen I was a child it was often said that politics and religion were two subjects one should not discuss with too many people. I didn’t understand why then, but I’ve seen why over the years and, even more so, during this most recent political season.

Do you have a Facebook page? Have you “unfriended” people over things they’ve posted during this highly flammable election season? Many have.

I made a decision during the general election to not post or comment on anything political. Social media has made it too easy for people to express views in much more hateful ways than they would if they were having an actual face to face conversation. The old saying, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” needs to make a comeback.

In my lifetime I’ve been called foolish, by...

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With Elections Nearly Over, What Then?

election

We’re nearing the end of one of the most heated election cycles the United States has ever experienced. What saddens me most is knowing many relationships are now fractured because of it. We have the privilege and right to vote in this country, yet we stomp on it with hateful objection when someone has the audacity to have an opinion different than our own.

I’ve had political discussions with other Christ followers whom I do not totally agree with. One such conversation turned a bit harsh on both our parts, but we quickly shared grace with one another and chose to humbly disagree.

Healthy debate is good, especially when it’s followed by respect for the other view. We never stop learning! My husband, for instance, has taught me more about politics than anyone else in my lifetime...

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He Sees You!

Single mothers often feel alone and unseen. It’s just a fact. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.

When I was raising my son without his father, it was often a roller coaster of emotions. I would go for long stretches of time being quite content in my role as single mom. I was able to handle life as I knew it and it felt good to be independent and take good care of my son on my own.

Now and then the ugly monster of loneliness would show up. Did anyone see me? Did anyone know I was lonely? Oh, how I hated those days when contentment would fade.

I was incredibly fortunate to have many friends, some single too, some married, to reach out to and do things with when loneliness would creep in...

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Thank you Colin Kaepernick

Thank You Colin Kaepernick

FreedomThank you for waking up the United States of America to hypocrisy; The hypocrisy of those who are blessed to live in, flawed though she may be, the greatest Country in the World, yet choose to display little to no respect for what they have been given.

Thank you for giving parents a new reason to talk to their children about the greatness of the United States of America and the sacrificial meaning of our National Anthem.

Thank you for reminding us of the importance and sincere obligation of showing respect and gratitude to those who have served and are currently serving in the greatest Military in the world!

Thank you for reminding us all why we stand and sing our National Anthem, at the top of our lungs, in respect of the greatness of this vast, wondrous,...

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Writing Retreat Update

View from deck at Waubee

It’s a gorgeous Sunday morning at my Quiet Place. It’s the last day of my writing retreat weekend. For those who “liked”, commented, shared and prayed for my time alone with Jesus, to write and reflect, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing so. Knowing people, many total strangers, were praying for me was so encouraging. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Therefore encourage one another and build each other

up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

As I write this I am sitting on the deck overlooking the lake. As is often the case, the last day is the most beautiful. You can see in the photo, the lake is calm and at rest from the last two days of on and off storms. Even the rain and wind did not detract from peaceful time with my Lord.

Some have asked wh...

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