2015 OneWord- RELY

On December 30th I sat in my favorite chair, planner in hand. I wrote 2015 in the center and circled it. I stared at the blank page for a while. And then, as if permission had been granted, out flowed all kinds of dreams and plans and hopes for the year. A mind map like […]


One Word as a Beacon

I am sharing over at OneWord 365 today. You can head right over there to read…..or you can read this introductory post first and then go! Our words, they have power. “You are beautiful.” “I am sorry, will you forgive me.” “The cancer has spread.” We have all heard them. Words that smile. Words that […]


Standing Firm in Freedom

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 Last year my word for the year was Stand. This year it is Uncover. When I read this verse it seems to be a transition verse for […]

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OneWord 2014- Uncover

  “…(she) introduced me to a shadow of my true self, touched something in me that was there but sleeping. That’s what artists do. They pull back the covering on our inner life, allowing us to see things beneath the surface, things that, without their compassion, creativity and generosity, we may have missed.” – Emily […]


Praying for Tunnels

“I hope there will be another tunnel!” The six year old’s enthusiasm and delight in going right through the mountains was contagious. But armed with knowledge and experience in the front seat, we knew the third one was the last one on the Pennsylvania turnpike. “Nope, that was the last one- they were fun weren’t […]


Not Sitting. Not Running. Standing!

A few weeks into the year, here are some of the thoughts stirring in regards to my word for 2013- STAND. As I prayed, imploring what does it mean to stand, a whisper came: It is not sitting. It is not running. Well that is helpful, was my first response. But as I thought more […]


OneWord 2013- Stand

The beautiful canvas blocks displayed on the counter. Colorful. Inviting. I was at my first women’s retreat since my husband had come on staff at the church. I suppose that is important to say since in some recess of my mind, I was thinking of what they were thinking of me. The artist had taken […]