Are you considering giving something up for Lent? Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is February 28th and Ash Wednesday is March 1st. This marks the beginning of the 40 day period leading up to Easter. Fat Tuesday has turned into a no-holds-barred party of indulging in anything and everything that anyone would like in preparation, Read More

Author Dick Eastman suggests in his book The Hour that Changes the World [1] to divide an hour into twelve, five minute periods. During each period, one prays a different type of prayer presented graphically in a Prayer Wheel. At first, I could not comprehend praying for an hour. I started with twelve minutes—one minute for, Read More

If someone were to ask me what my priorities are, my answers would be fairly altruistic. I would probably rattled off a list that included my faith, my family, my work and my friends. I’d imagine your list would be pretty similar. Now, what if, instead of asking for your self-reported list of priorities,, Read More

Have you ever heard a song and felt the lyrics were written just for you? As I was walking on the beach early one morning I had my earphones on and was listening to the music of our new Body & Soul session, “What’s Next?” The song This is Living by Hillsong Young &, Read More

The nativity scene pictured here has been part of my Christmas since childhood. I have many fond memories that stir my heart as I think of where it was placed in the home where I grew up and the sweet family times we had at this time of year. It was passed down to, Read More

I will never forget the day I got my first pair of glasses.I had selected especially beautiful ones with midnight blue frames and silver swirls on the stems. I thought they would complement my grown up-second-grade-feathered-style haircut perfectly. And they did. As I looked approvingly in the oval mirror at the optometrist’s office, I, Read More

In a blur of rituals and jam-packed schedules, it is easy to lose sight of the joy of Christmas. For most people, the stretch of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one mad rush of holiday activities. There are kids’ concerts to be attended, gifts to be purchased, then the trips to see family., Read More

Have you ever been in a circumstance where you knew you should “give” something, but did not have the resources?  Maybe it was a financial commitment, a time commitment, or in this case, the choice to exercise for your health.  As you were faithful to fulfill your commitment, you were amazed to see that, Read More

Music has a powerful and limitless impact in our lives. A song that impacted me greatly at one point in my life was “Alleluia” by Michael W. Smith. It is sung in church services and has become well known in many circles. For me it is a song that fills my heart with emotion every, Read More

Do you like making plans? I do! I like thinking about fun future events, anticipating exciting things to come and doing my part to make them happen. I’m a list-maker and I like to check things off the list. If you are like me, you understand the satisfaction of finishing things and seeing the, Read More