The Pensive Life

I used to be a high-powered extrovert—ministry wife, public speaker, crowd lover. Then my life drastically changed—divorcee, single parent, college student. The pursuit of popularity diminished in importance as my pensive life blossomed with new beginnings. Now, instead of returning home to 30 voice messages, I sit down and chat with my husband. Instead of …

Tenacity: The Power to Push Through

Tenacity: resolve, persistence, determination. I’ve been thinking a lot about tenacity lately: When I found myself covered in mud while digging out gravel and dirt to find a sprinkler valve leak (Hubby was visiting his family in Texas). When the printer I wanted (and needed) was on sale but out of stock at Best Buy, …

Create and Live Imperfectly…thoughts on Self-publishing, Marriage, and Life

How fitting that I begin a new writing journal on my 9-year anniversary. This day also marks the completion of the preliminary book section submissions to Createspace. I’ve completed all of the questionnaires for the Createspace design teams: interior design, cover design, and media press release. I never dreamed there would be so many pieces …

Rest

“There is a rest for the people of God.” I’ve spent seasons of my life working feverishly towards goals...establishing ministries, building businesses, acquiring educational degrees. Yet this season is different. Why? Is it because I’m wiser? I hope so, but I think it’s more than wisdom attained. With each passing year, the message of Psalm …

Gardening and my Incorrigible Soul

Incorrigible: .    Firmly rooted; ineradicable: incorrigible faults. .    Difficult or impossible to control or manage: an incorrigible, spoiled child. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition http://www.wordnik.com/words/incorrigible Have you ever felt like your soul was incorrigible? I have. In fact, this personal awareness is one of the reasons I enjoy gardening so much. …

Deferred Dreams

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” –Proverbs 13:11-13 My blogging friend, Slam Dunks, hit one out of the park with his latest post, “The Best that Never Was.” He writes about a well-known athlete, Marcus Dupree, who sustained an injury that ended his promising career in professional football. …

“If” by Rudyard Kipling: A Guide for Living and Relating

When my son approached manhood, I gave him Rudyard Kipling's poem “If.” No other poem seemed to say all that my mother’s heart felt needed saying in order to prepare him for success in life: If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you …