Tag: encouragement

An Early Morning Thought

This isn’t a post written in any sort of academic style wherein I cite important sources.  It may not be empowering in any way, but it will be truthful. My husband has been gone since Sunday.  Away on business.  I looked forward to his…

What if

Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the…

A Plea

Somewhere in the annals of this blog I’m sure I’ve posted on the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation.  I feel quite certain that most people who know me have heard me yammer on about that, and yet a plethora of Christians and even non-Christians…

A Blessing

I want to pause the DBT button for a moment and talk about something ontologically significant–our right to be here. Let me explain. Many people who follow this blog have experienced abuse.  Someone from war-torn Africa once commented.  Abuse doesn’t have to be overt…

You are the Masterpiece

I recently spoke with a beloved friend experiencing emotional pain due to a family interaction.  Her sentiments were familiar.  This interaction was similar to an older one, and it brought forth latent feelings of ontological insignificance. “I don’t matter.” Isn’t this something we can…

Cleaning Up Messes

My youngest daughter asked me an unusual question today.  She asked, “Mom, how come you turned out so normal?” We were in the car, and her question came out of the blue.  She knows little about my history.  It’s not as if I sit…

Remembering A Life Well-Lived

A few years ago I was privileged to spend time in the English countryside in the springtime.  Honestly, it was like being dropped into a Beatrix Potter story except that she’s from the Lake District, and I was in Devon.  If there is a…

Dream A Bigger Dream

“While kayaking in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 11, 2004, Gene Sparling of Hot Springs, Ark., saw an unusually large, red-crested woodpecker fly toward him and land on a nearby tree. He noticed several field marks suggesting the bird was an…

God Is A River

I was reminded of this song as I was having a conversation with a dear friend today.  A few years ago, an  acquaintance mailed this song to me on a CD.  She’s really only a Facebook friend, but somehow she sensed I needed encouragement….