Reflections of Prayer, Provision and Bonding—Triplets

When I began a personal relationship with the Lord at age fifteen, my older sister, Jane, also new in the faith, became my spiritual coach. She explained the importance of having daily devotions and learning how to pray. She challenged me to pray for something I needed. Since we had…

Little Surprises and Critical Decisions in Texas

Our honeymoon consisted of driving from Chicago to Waco, Texas where Jim would attend Baylor University. We rented an upstairs apartment, but two weeks later traded yard-work for rent at a huge Women’s Club House across town. Getting from the front door to our third-floor bedroom involved a light-switch…

Secret Vacations and Senior Sparkles

Secret Vacations and Senior Sparkles Monday morning when my alarm reminded me it was time to begin the day, I got up, made my bed, walked a few steps then, was overwhelmed with a good idea.  “Declare this a vacation day and go back to bed for an hour”, which…

The Hidden Joys of Pandemic Plan-B

The global pandemic has forced nearly everyone to Plan B as vacations, family get-togethers, theme parks, movies, beach outings, ball games, camps, vacation bible schools, swimming parties, travel to grandparents’ homes/farms/ranches have been canceled. Parents are dealing with restless children, financial insecurities, joblessness and uncertainties about schooling in…

Dominant Preferences Causing Resentments

Sylvia’s response to last week’s blog: “Resilient Personalities made me think... when a loved one dies, like a husband, I can see how the surviving spouse often looks to fill the holes left by the dominant personality type in others, but might not necessarily express they are doing…

Personality Resilience --Preference-switching

Observing preference-switching in times of stress has grabbed my counseling and MBTI (Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator) attention. But before I continue, I asked a blog-reader if she thought it would be a good idea to introduce my blog this week by beginning with a P. S. finishing the snake story. She…

Identity & Purpose--Sibs 6-21-20

Identity and purpose are funny things. Annie wrote:” I am doing well and am resilient since my hubby died, but I don’t feel like I have much purpose or things to look forward to.” How we think of ourselves, becoming satisfied with who we are, along with meaningful purpose…

Anger—Friend or Foe?

Responses to last week’s blog about the success of written expressions has inspired the focus on the pros and cons of anger especially involving healing from losses. Just listening and watching a two-year-old resorting to stomping feet, shedding tears, wailing and running away when things don’t go their…

Benefiting from Old-fashioned Home Therapy

Solving problems is a common thread in the tapestry of life. When Dad deserted us in 1947, counseling was not suggested. We were merely told, “You’ll get over it after a while.”  We just coped with our loss. All losses, from death, loss of home, possessions, health, job, pets,…