“’Tis the season…” is one of the most common phrases we hear during the Christmas holidays. By the way, why do we only use “’tis” this time of year? It’s a perfectly good contraction. I think I’ll start a trend by using it more often. ‘Tis trending now! Sorry, ‘twas a rabbit trail. Anyhow, we The Gift of Receiving

Shalom

As we soldier through the various phases of COVID19, consider the principle of Shalom. Jesus is known as the Prince of Shalom, in fact, it is His name. Jehovah Shalom has won for us a blessed tranquility known as Shalom. Shalom peace may seem to defy reason during a pandemic. It was just a few Shalom

Quick Relaxers

Highly Charged Scenario: The sheriff drags the trouble-making cowboy out of the bar and dunks his face in the chilly water of the horse trough. The hysterical woman’s friend throws a glass of cold water in her face, bringing her to her senses. The health/phys. ed. teacher advises his high school boys to take a Quick Relaxers

God’s Purpose in Pain When we are unbroken–that is, not conscious of our brokenness–we can believe the lie that we don’t need God.  If things seem under control and are going well, people have the tendency to suspect that it is because we are making great choices, or that we got lucky somehow, or that Purpose in Pain

1. “Of course you are!”– VALIDATION- Because the current state of the world is enough to make anyone’s brain respond in a protective way. 2. “Tell me more.” – EMPATHY- Even when you don’t know what to say, you can open the door to sharing in their experience. 3. “I’m with you in it.”– SUPPORT- 5 Things to say to a friend who experiences anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic

Just for Today

WRITING A JUST FOR TODAY LIST OF PERSONAL MAXIMS Did you ever have that golden nugget of truth, that, when you applied it you saw instant results; yet, out of habits, or distractions you fell back into the passive, ineffective, way of approaching life? This is frustrating for anyone. One way to keep these key Just for Today

I’ve been a gardener most of my adult life. I was one of those ‘hippie types’ back in the ‘70’s, a subscriber to Organic Gardening Magazine, experimenting with bed gardening, growing things like kohlrabi and soy beans…I am now back to flower and vegetable gardening, after a number of years’ hiatus, in a large expanse Life Lessons from the Garden