The Problem’s Just Too Big!

A quick glance through recent news headlines reveals a world that seems plagued with trouble.  Here’s just a sample: Thousands of displaced refugees in Indonesia due to volcanic eruptions.  Uprisings, protests, and political unrest in Ukraine and Thailand.  Violence and fighting in Central African Republic.  Terrible war and violence in Syria and South Sudan.  Starvation…

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

What does happiness look like to me?  My mind immediately goes to a thousand different things.  Happiness is watching my husband teach our youngest daughter to play billiards.  Happiness is seeing her smiling face looking up at her Daddy, because he is the best and brightest shining star in her young life, and she knows…

If you can’t say something nice …

… don’t say anything at all.  How many times did we all hear that growing up?  Our natural instinct is to criticize others, to point out their faults and shortcomings, usually while ignoring our own. “But Mom,” we may have protested, “I was just being honest!” Truth or Dare?  Is it possible to be too…

Why are Things Such a Mess?

It’s the weekend after Christmas and our household, probably like many others, is in the process of organizing:  cleaning up, rearranging, packing and stowing Christmas decorations, and making space for new gifts.  I grew up in a fastidiously clean house where everything had a place and nothing was ever out of place.  Dust, dirt, grime,…

Take this job and … LOVE it!

I bought a Mega-Millions lottery ticket yesterday.  Why?  Well, on the faint hope that God would finally decide to grant my prayer to be a stay-at-home Mom and a full-time writer.  I mean, I’m thankful for my job and all, but is it where God really wants me? It’s not like I want to be…