The Holy Spirit is as real and present for me as either of the other two persons of the Trinity. I cannot have a relationship with Jesus without that Spirit dwelling in me. I can never begin to accept the vastness and mystery of the One Jesus called Father without relying on the Spirit to … Continue reading Opening Up
I wasn’t sure if I’d hear it again – the distinctive rattle that for weeks when we first moved to Savannah we could not identify. It literally shook the house and seemed like maybe the fireplace was falling in. What could make that reverberating jackhammer sound on the metal chimney pipe. Of course, we soon … Continue reading Woodpecker
I’m missing Halloween at home this year, which is a little sad, because I love the friends we celebrate with. Their daughter is the same age as my son and they’re going out in paired costumes as Peanut Butter (my son) and Jelly. I even made a peanut hat out of burlap before I left … Continue reading Happy Halloween
Twenty plus years ago I studied German in college. What I remember was enough to get my family and I safely through a wonderful family trip to Southwest Germany last month, but there were always words here and there to trip me up. One lovely afternoon we were walking around Titisee, a beautiful lakeside town … Continue reading Ruhepark
About a week ago, people in Savannah, Georgia, where I live, were panicking. Two years in a row we have had hurricanes hit in our area after decades of watching others deal with the effects of these deadly storms. Before Hurricane Matthew in 2016, there was almost a universal belief that something about the Savannah … Continue reading Before the Storm
As you read this, I will be in Germany for a friend’s wedding. I am leaving my laptop behind and sticking to pen and paper for my writing. I hope to return with some tales of my travels and a spiritual insight or two that we all can share. As I prepare to leave, I … Continue reading On My Way Again: Thoughts on Enough
[Well, I wrote this VERY early Monday morning and it has taken until Tuesday to post – but the internet is working at last. Blessings on your day] A few days ago my laptop started acting up. The screen would go blank for a few seconds until I adjusted the angle I was holding it. … Continue reading Technology Power Out
In my Creative Nonfiction class, our first assignment was to take some bland imagery and rewrite it to paint a picture or fix a camera lens on the subject. This was my first attempt: We were given: A beautiful view And I wrote: She threw open the slider and stepped onto the rough-hewn balcony, inhaling … Continue reading Spirit & Creativity
Cereal comes up more than one might think in my blog considering how very seldom I eat it. I like cereal, but not for breakfast, when I’m craving protein, not starch. And with a family, it is rare to get away with just having a bowl of cereal for dinner. But this morning I was … Continue reading Bran Flakes & Sweet Treasures
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Real faith, life-changing faith,isn’t legal, it’s relational. So if you’re asking, “How do I get into heaven?” you’re asking the wrong question. Heaven is God’s home, as it were, and the way to “get in” isn’t to pick the lock (complete some arduous task) or learn the combination (believe all the right things). It’s to be his child.
“To all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” ~John 1:12
So the rubber meets the road today as I submit a character sketch of my mother for a creative nonfiction class I am taking. This tiny 300-word essay is the first piece I have written for public consumption in a memoir of my life told through my parents’ accounts of their lives. Just over a … Continue reading First Step on a Writing Odyssey