Some days, as I drop my "tween" daughter off to school, she expresses distress and doesn't want to go. On one particular day she was dreading getting out of the car, I encouraged her to think of a part of her day that she could look forward to. I explained she could be optimistic about … Continue reading We Can Be Hopeful
As a young adult, I worked in Seattle right next to where I had grown up. On many afternoons I would step into a little market-deli to get a sandwich or an Italian soda, and each time I walked in, the man behind the counter would smile and ask, "Are you you, or your sister?" … Continue reading What kind of person will I be today?
This week of Thanksgiving we are sharing messages of gratitude. Join us, and #GiveThanks.
Last week, I had a conversation with a friend that I have continued to ponder. . . I can give all of my energy, work, and active faith to righteous goals, dreams, and desires; If I go after something enough, I will eventually get what I want. My husband and I started a new business … Continue reading Waxing Confident with the Lord
How much better our lives would be if we could see ourselves how God sees us? Can we proactively listen to Him in our daily lives?
The other day, I met a young woman interested in nursing. She asked me why I went into maternal/newborn medicine. I replied, without much thought, "Where I work is generally a happy place to be. I like that I don't deal with as much death and disease and sadness as nurses in different fields." I … Continue reading Opposition in All Things
One of my favorite stories is about a man who travels for thirty years in search of the Promised Land. Afterwards, he says that he lived "after the manner of happiness." How is it possible to be happy living in a tent for thirty years?
A couple of weeks ago I attended the funeral of a 25-year-old man, Brandon, the son of a friend from church. I didn’t know him well, but I was aware that he was challenged with autism and a seizure disorder. In spite of those trials, however, Brandon made every effort to live a full, positive, … Continue reading Enjoy the Sunlight