Love the One You’re With

Love the One You’re With

Some song lyrics have a big impact on me. One example is Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With.” The chorus of which says, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you are with.” It was 1974, my boyfriend and I had just spli... Read More »

The I-ness of Shyness

The I-ness of Shyness

Once upon a time there was a little girl who spent her days sitting beside a pond, watching a frog on a lily pad. The little girl knew that the frog was probably a prince, and the frog—who was indeed a prince—knew that the little girl could... Read More »

Breaking Down Fear

Breaking Down Fear

It is widely believed that we are born with only three fears: fear of loud noises, fear of falling, and fear of abandonment. These, according to some psychologists, are hardwired into our nature; all others are acquired. Fear of spiders, fe... Read More »

High Risk, High Reward

High Risk, High Reward

When you get an out-of-the-box idea or an opportunity arises that would be a departure from your normal way of doing things, your immediate reaction might be to play it safe—to shy away from the idea, or to hesitate to capitalize on the opp... Read More »

Learning to Trust

Learning to Trust

I’ve always loved cats and felt that I had a way with them, but I met a challenge in J.J. and Felix. They were a gift from my daughter-in-law. Toni had started feeding their mother, a feral cat, shortly before she succumbed to the perils of... Read More »

Overcoming Our Fears

Overcoming Our Fears

Like life itself, the Bible is full of triumphs that could just as easily have ended in disaster. If the heroes in those stories had turned and run the other way, who could have blamed them? Moses defied the world power of his day to lead h... Read More »

God’s Puzzle Room

God’s Puzzle Room

I woke to the sound of my alarm reminding me to put in the eye drops my doctor had prescribed. Out of habit, I covered my good eye to test the vision in the infected one. To my great alarm, my sight was very blurry, much worse than the prev... Read More »

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

Today was perfect! It wasn’t a perfectly lazy day (I’ve enjoyed a few of those, sleeping late and not doing much of anything), or perfect in terms of accomplishments, or without its problems. Still, it was so perfect from start to finish th... Read More »

Gains from Pains

Gains from Pains

When someone suggested that I try to be thankful even in bad situations, it seemed impossible. I was familiar with the biblical admonition to “be thankful in all circumstances,” but it had never dawned on me to take that literally. Was it p... Read More »

Good Out of Bad

Good Out of Bad

God foresaw our human weaknesses and personal shortcomings and wove them into His plan for our life. Nothing is outside God’s control, and with our cooperation He is able to bring good out of any situation, even a bad one. In fact, instead ... Read More »

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