I didn’t know why I couldn’t call her mom; she gave me a choice, so I called her by her name, Ruth.  It was 1984 and truth be told, I hadn’t even thought about what I would call my mother-in-law.  She was gracious and kind to me, but I hardly knew her.  It also felt … Read more


At a recent Thanksgiving gathering of friends, I read Psalm 100; my “go to” Scripture for Thanksgiving. I quickly grabbed it off my phone, not realizing what translation was selected.   Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!2     Serve the Lord with gladness!    Come into his presence with singing! 3 Know that the Lord, he is God!    It is he who made … Read more

The Beach

“Get out! Get out!” The words ripped through my throat as I stood paralyzed, thigh high deep in the ocean.  I screamed over the roar of the waves and the din of vacationers to my 10 year old son, floating on his boogie board.  Unbeknownst to him, a few yards deeper, a dark fin was … Read more


My husband, Scott, and I call our current stage of life Phase 3.  It’s part of a totally unscientific formula: –          Phase 1- childhood to young adulthood –          Phase 2 – adulthood, which includes raising our family –          Phase 3 – the time in between launching your kids and retirement.  You could say it’s our … Read more


As a young woman I was constructed by the world’s expectations.  I had siding and a roof on top, but inside was a different story.  At first I thought the inside was empty, but what I realized was that the inside was filled with distortions of the truth; wishes of who I would like to … Read more


I’m currently enrolled in a Christian Life Coach certification program and it was my turn to give a devotional.  The chapter that we were covering had to do with LISTENING.  I found this funny because my word for 2015 also happens to be LISTEN.  No coincidences with God, right?  So as I sat with God … Read more