“Well, how ‘bout that!”

“We can count on death and taxes”, the saying goes, but in between is the parade of disturbing unplanned happenings that occur without fail. We cannot avoid all troubles, but we can be ready with ‘given’ pleasant, positive responses. Dealing with uncontrollable events: Mishaps, calamity, confusion, perplexity, complication, disruptions, turmoil,…

Stepping To-and-Fro--Zumba-like

To and fro stepping has many applications.  In Chicago, I paid attention as I walked to work, moving over for approaching three-abreast talking workers, a biker threading his way among pedestrians, a wheelchair being pushed or a yucky glob on the sidewalk to be stepped over or around. Making alternate…

Cloud of Witnesses

“I’ve graduated from Physical Therapy class.” Eileen said on a recent speaker-phone visit. “Good for you, Eileen”, I praised. “As Valedictorian,” she added proudly and continued, “When I told Lynette the same thing, she asked, ‘How many in your class. Mom?’ I said, just one--me.”  This gives you an…

Jealousy-Envy

When asked “Where do you get your ideas?” I respond with “From personal reading and study, clients, and conversations with friends and family.” At this point, I left my computer to answer the door for a friend who brought me a belated birthday gift, a small spiral note book—Scripture…

Realignment

Alignment didn’t mean anything special to me until Jim and I married. We graduated from Moody Bible Institute on Friday night and were married the next morning at 11 a.m. in the backyard of the professor who officiated. He and his wife even hosted my mom and me…

Intriguing Impulses

Common distractions divert our focus--as simple as petting a kitty or walking a dog—and our attention is completely divested from what we set out to do; happens to everyone in various degrees. Some structured people attempt unsuccessfully to avoid urges, but spontaneous folk just lean back and enjoy the…

Diplomacy

“Last night I blocked my sibs on line who were finding fault with any who disagreed with them. I just could not stand the arguments and disagreements that our family was having over our different church affiliations and opposite political sides. We were yelling at and criticizing each other. Our…

Contentment

I have lots of regrets, but life would have been boring without them. God got me through, so I could eventually have peace. J I chuckled as I read J’s email and decided you might also need a good laugh and a positive outlook regarding acknowledging and dumping painful…

Regrets—Friend or Foe?

A friend asked if I’d consider doing a blog on regrets and sent the following: I've really been wondering about regrets and question if as Christians - should we have them?  And are regrets an emotion or can they just be a logical choice or decision?  If we do…

Integrity

“Killjoy describes you. We’ve gone to all this trouble to have fun! One time won’t hurt.” “Can’t you ever relax and let your hair down?” Have you been the object of these accusations? Or, has someone who promised to help you not only failed to follow through…