“Finding Hope”: A Lenten Reflection

image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay “I’ll be with you…day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:20 TRIALS…in our broken world Two years ago, I lost my father. While he had multiple health issues, it was mainly heart issues and chronic pulmonary disease that had him returning to and from […]

“Simply Pray”: A Lenten Reflection

Image by claudia martinez from Pixabay  “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” ~excerpted from the Sermon […]

Shine Your God-Colors

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light […]

XOXOX Tip: Finding Your Five

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. ~Matthew 5:5, The Message You know that feeling of self-doubt? That nudging from the inner critic that calls you out saying “who do you think you’re fooling?” Maybe […]

Finding Balance (and Rest)

Yesterday, I was asked “Did you paint this weekend?” by a couple of older, white male friends of mine. When I answered “No, I didn’t,” I was met with disapproving looks from both of them. I said “Guys, please don’t look at me like that. I did yoga. I studied and did a bit of […]

“Happy Accidents”

It’s a warm morning, like most of our mornings in Durham this winter. (I’m still not getting around to wearing my sweaters or my coat. I’m kinda wishing we could have a couple cold snowy days.) My friend Lee and I meet up for a cup of coffee at the cafe, to talk about art […]