Improving Relationships, and the World – John 13:34-35

Choosing to love someone over the long haul--that's real love. My husband and I attended his cousin's memorial service last weekend, where we enjoyed a deeper level of unity in the family than we'd experienced before. It happened at my 40th high school reunion, too. I cared more about my classmates and less about the … Continue reading Improving Relationships, and the World – John 13:34-35

Being Happy with Less than Perfect – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

As my family grows it gets harder for us to show up and sit still for a family portrait all at the same time. We're not good at staying on task, with the different ages and energy levels at play. And our colorful personalities are hard to corral to get everyone focused on the camera … Continue reading Being Happy with Less than Perfect – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Love is Playing on the Floor – Philippians 2:5-9

Baby Charly, though safely nestled on her grandpa's shoulder, warned me with her big round eyes that she wasn't entirely comfortable with me patting her back. One of my nieces was the same way. When my husband got too close her eyebrows would lower into a scowl. If he didn't back off when she clouded … Continue reading Love is Playing on the Floor – Philippians 2:5-9

When I was the Stranger to Avoid

Why should she be suspicious of me? Can't she tell by looking that I'm a good person and only want to help? And who pinned a BEWARE OF THE STRANGER sign on my shirt? How quickly I forgot that earning trust is work. As I searched for mushrooms in a crowded produce department last year, I maneuvered … Continue reading When I was the Stranger to Avoid

Repairing Broken Relationships – Hebrews 12:12-15

Would you like broken relationships in your family to be restored? One way to see progress is by following the instructions outlined in Hebrews 12. I have been out of touch with some of my extended family for decades. Misunderstandings, indifference and hurts all played their part in dividing us, and since so many years have passed it wasn't likely we would ever come together again. … Continue reading Repairing Broken Relationships – Hebrews 12:12-15