Be thankful for dirt

My dirty dishes are once again piled up on the counter and in the sink.  I washed them yesterday, why do I have to do it again? Bits of leftover mashed potatoes, grilled chicken, and uneaten green beans lay on my plates.  Oh, there’s also a couple of bowls with dried on oatmeal stuck to them.  Not to mention the used utensils and the multiple cups and … Continue reading Be thankful for dirt

Should the church be called a hospital?

I’ve often heard the church described as a “hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.”  What does that mean? Most people get that metaphor from Jesus when He said to the Pharisees, who were upset with Him for eating with unsavory types like tax collectors and sinners: It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to … Continue reading Should the church be called a hospital?

The good, the bad and the ugly…all in one week

  “How exciting!” “That is so cool!” “I bet that is fun!” This is how most strangers and some friends react when they learn that I am a reporter.  I was a teacher for years and no one EVER had that reaction when I told them what I did for a living.   Initially, I was swept away by the romanticism of the job, even … Continue reading The good, the bad and the ugly…all in one week

My socks don’t match

My socks don’t match.  Today I wore two different gray ones.  Sometimes I just get crazy and wear a purple one and a brown one.   Unless I’m wearing shorts, I really don’t care.   I’m sure some scientist or researcher somewhere has done a study to see how much time people spend looking for the “other” sock.  I estimate I spent at least 2-3 minutes … Continue reading My socks don’t match

How can the church get better at mental illness?

Roughly every 12 minutes in America someone dies — not from war or natural disasters, but from suicide.  That’s according to the 2013 statistics from the Center for Disease Control.  Suicide accounts for more lives lost, after cancer and heart disease, than any other deaths. There’s no doubt if you’ve lived long enough, you’ve known someone affected by suicide.  Most commonly brought on by depression … Continue reading How can the church get better at mental illness?

Shaking off self-sabotage

sab • o • tage To deliberately stop someone from achieving something or to deliberately prevent a plan or process from being successful Do you know anyone that sabotages themselves? Since January I have been committed to losing weight.  I have written goals, I have changed eating habits, I have exercised, all to no avail.  Why?  I’ve lost weight before, and kept it off for so long…why … Continue reading Shaking off self-sabotage

Bonded or genuine?

Sham. Shyster. Charlatan. Phony. Masquerader.  All synonyms for hypocrite. Growing up this word was usually hissed rather than stated.  “She’s nothing but a hypocrite.”  I learned at a young age that it was not a compliment.  I tried hard not to become one, but I’m certain that at times I have been. My husband and I were both given bibles when he became an ordained … Continue reading Bonded or genuine?