Freedom

Freedom – a Beautiful Word

Freedom. What a beautiful word. At the end of this week, people will start celebrating. It is inevitable. We like parties. And July 4th is a huge reason to celebrate. After all, it represents the freedom of our nation. We have concerns about eroding liberty in the USA these days. We question if we are truly […]

After waiting for answered prayers, God often surprises us.

Waiting for Answered Prayers

Waiting for answered prayers seldom comes easily. I love the immediate yes answer. And I can handle a no answer. But wait and trust… Seriously? Wait and trust? What does that even mean? Psalm 37 is a great place to look at this. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Makes sense. Sounds […]

Green leaves growing wild on beastly hedges.

Dead Things Hiding Among Green Leaves

With all of the rain, hedges in front of my house had tons of green leaves. Growing, thriving—almost ready to burst out with fragrant white flowers. One problem. They attacked me every time I walked past them. Overgrown and misdirected, branches shot in every direction grabbing hold of ankles and bodies. Walking from my front […]

Monarch Butterfly - it's time to flutter.

Monarch Butterfly Release

This past weekend I attended a wonderful event – A Time to Flutter. At the end of our time together on Saturday, we held a Monarch butterfly release. If you never experienced a butterfly release, put it on your bucket list. Butterflies don’t all behave the same way. Some move very slowly, waiting and waiting […]

The Blame Game

The Blame Game and a Homeless Heart

Oh how we love playing the Blame Game. It all started in the Garden of Eden. Fortunately, one king resisted the urge and took responsibility for his mistakes. King David made some extremely bad choices—not being where he should have been, adultery, cover-up and even conspiracy to commit murder. And he pretty much got away […]

We are not fatherless.

Fatherless or Loved by a Father?

I wasn’t fatherless–at least not for the first 10 years. As a child, I remember a haunting song with words that made me sad—sometimes I feel like a motherless child. In the world today, I think more people feel fatherless. A growing number of children spend at least part of their childhood in a single-parent home. […]

Does codependency fit?

Codependency and the Homeless Heart

I met with a friend one day and for some reason, we started talking about codependency, a subject I recognized from weeding it out of my own life. It took a long time to open myself enough to see the condition in my past. Its presence surprised me, especially in so me relationships. Codependency often appears […]