When All You Can Do Is ‘Do the Next Thing’

When I learned earlier this week of the passing of author Elisabeth Ellliot, a warm rush of gratitude washed over me — gratitude for what her life had taught me and for the joy she must be feeling now that she is reunited with those she loves and is sitting at the feet of Jesus. …

If You Have a Perfect Plan, Lord, Don’t Let Me Sabotage It

I’m a planner. Always have been, probably always will be. The first-born of five children, growing up I was the self-appointed boss of my little kingdom. On those long summer vacations, I would plan out daily activities — not only for myself but for my younger siblings. In the morning, there would be time for …

I Am a Grower of Tomatoes

What was I thinking? Nine tomato plants — count ’em, NINE — for two adult people. How did they wind up in the trunk of my car? Yes, there is that 19-year-old who’s home for the summer, but he stays away from tomatoes unless they’re in a ketchup bottle or smothered in mozzarella. So what …

What To Do With An Empty Nest?

The lyrics from a popular song a few decades back keep running through my head: “Where have you gone my little boy, little boy? Where have you gone my sonny, my own? Turn around you’re two, turn around then you’re four; Turn around you’re a young man going out the door“ Today, as I reflect …

Five Minutes of “Ordinary”

Blogging today at Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. Those were such “ordinary” days — those weeks, months and years when our four boys sat under their Mom’s tutelage. Trying at times, rewarding most of the time, we were just “doing school”. They’re four young men now, off to do life on their chosen paths. I …