The Most Important Question

"Do you know Jesus?" is the first thing that popped out of my mouth when confronted with my attacker on a winter day in 1987.  For just a moment, I stopped struggling to keep him out of my car, looked him straight in the eyes, and said "Do you know Jesus?" Where did that come… Continue reading The Most Important Question

Good News Worth Repeating

A former chorus student of mine, from way "back in the day," posted the lyrics of a song by Matt Maher on Facebook today.  One of the lines in the song, "good news worth repeating," made me reflect on all the news I've been hearing lately.  Most of it not good news.  In fact, really… Continue reading Good News Worth Repeating

“The Sky is Falling!” and Other “Uplifting” Thoughts

Day 22 (I think) of social distancing, and the novelty is wearing off!  I have projects on my list to tackle, but I'm losing motivation.  I'm dealing with worry and anxiety like everyone else, and learning to pray a whole lot more.  I'm checking updates on the news and FaceBook multiple times a day to… Continue reading “The Sky is Falling!” and Other “Uplifting” Thoughts


Waiting. Hoping. Expecting. What are you waiting for? Hoping for? Expecting?   Maybe you have been waiting for a blog post from me!  (Or maybe not.) Sorry I kept you waiting sooooo long!! My retired, blog-writing, homemaker, church volunteer, traveler kind-of-life was interrupted last September by an unexpected job--a long-term substitute teaching job!  I decided to… Continue reading Waiting

Marital Bliss and the Pursuit of Happiness

Smiles, people, smiles!  Just one more shot. Do you remember your wedding day?  Smiling so much, the muscles on your face hurt?  What does that tell us?  WE DON'T SMILE ENOUGH!! Smile, it's the wedding season; and therefore, the anniversary season!  Our church puts out a monthly calendar with all the birthdays and anniversaries for… Continue reading Marital Bliss and the Pursuit of Happiness

Memory is the First to Go (or is it the hearing? maybe the eyesight?)

I've reached the point in my life where I have to write everything down to remember it.  Well, not everything. I still know how to use a toothbrush, how to work the stove, and MOST OF THE TIME, I remember to turn off the burner when I'm done cooking! Maybe it's not so much a… Continue reading Memory is the First to Go (or is it the hearing? maybe the eyesight?)

Those Annoying Wounds

It always amazes me how one tiny paper cut or one small crack in my dry skin can hurt so much and continue to affect my ability to focus.  Like a constant reminder of "I'm still here, creating just enough pain to get you off track."  This winter in Indiana has not been kind to… Continue reading Those Annoying Wounds

The Locusts

I'm not a fan of creepy, crawly things.  Especially when I'm not expecting them.  Like the stink bug that suddenly appeared in my kitchen, buzzing over the kitchen table this week.  (He ended up in the kitchen drain, hopefully far, far away by now.) Or the spider that suddenly crawled over my book lying on… Continue reading The Locusts

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

I love surprises!  Let me clarify.  I love good surprises:-). I woke up to a wonderful surprise today, a gift of time.  I teach music at an after school program on Wednesday afternoons, but because of the weather, school was cancelled today.  Which means the after school program was cancelled.  Woo-hoo! Don't misunderstand.  I love… Continue reading Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Growing UP-Baby Steps and Giant Leaps

Our opening question in Life Group (small group with our church) last week:  "What is the most immature thing you can remember doing as a child, in school, as a teenager, as a young adult, etc.?"  Think about that for a moment................................  We've all had our less than stellar moments.  (Hopefully as we age, we… Continue reading Growing UP-Baby Steps and Giant Leaps