Hazy Day

I woke to fog nuzzling the wet and lazy pasture.  The sun was peeking through, but just barely. Early morning was covered with an autumnal haze, announcing the news that summer is closing up shop in NEPA.


Everything is getting ready to rest:  The trees and lawns. The twigs and rocks. The air moving in and out of nature’s nostrils.  Sleepy time is near.  Sleepy time is here.

Come January, all that has sustained us through the spring and summer months will be put to bed- to sleep.

All, but God.

No more budding.  No more fruit bearing. No more falling of individual leaves to the warm, wet ground below.  Just rest!

It is God’s rest. His renewal.  His timing and the changing of His seasons, and it is inspiring.  I am grateful.


Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds… Habakkuk 3:2

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge…
Psalm 19:1-2


Warning: This post is about politics, prophecy, and a God who acts

000cauldronI usually try to keep my comments on this blog uplifting and encouraging, and for that reason I lean toward NT teachings when sharing here, rather than OT prophecy. Not all the time, but a lot of the time, prophecy is about warning folks who have strayed about their straying ways and calling them back before it’s too late.

Too late meaning: ripe for punishment. Yikes!

Have you noticed that no one wants to hear about punishment from God these days?

Give us mercy, they shout.

Give us grace.

Tell us stories about victory, and compassion, and forgiveness, and listen, that’s all good and a huge part of the salvation message that is delivered in the Bible of the Christians, but there is also that other side. That character of God revealed in Scripture that balances out all the “fun” and freedom with correction.

Our Bible also contains tales of true frustrations experienced by our holy God.  He gets fed up with all our bad behavior eventually, and says: Enough! I will take no more! I have given you a gazillion chances to admit, confess, and repent from this wrong, wrong, wrong way of living and you have ignored them all. Now, the hammer falls!

Today, in those few moments I afforded God before rushing into life, I found this:

Now set the empty pot on the coals.
Heat it red hot!
Burn away the filth and corruption.
But it’s hopeless;
the corruption can’t be cleaned out.
So throw it into the fire.

Your impurity is your lewdness
and the corruption of your idolatry.

I tried to cleanse you,
but you refused.
So now you will remain in your filth
until my fury against you has been satisfied. Ezekiel 24: 11-13

Be honest: Does this sound like a description of our current electoral situation, or what?


Sexual misconduct.

Idolatry that endorses practices allowing babies to be killed even when they are fully formed in the womb.

If God has had enough, I don’t blame him. I have, too.

When God is hopeless (vs 12), you know there is no more room for hope (that a situation will change/that a person will allow himself or herself to be redeemed). In those situations what is God to do?  He can’t leave things alone, let the corruption and idolatry go on. That would mean more sincere and believing innocents would be hurt.  He looks at the sinful and then at the innocent few, and God acts.

I will tell you, I would not wish to be either of our candidates running for the office of president this year. And really, what is the outcome going to be for this country with either Clinton or Trump in charge?

More gridlock?

More hate?

More division?

A revolution?

It might be better to just wipe the slate clean and start over. If only!

Mind you, I’m not advocating murder or anything like that. I’m just saying that I’m frustrated with the way things are going in this country about now, and I don’t think I’m alone.

The Good News in all this (because there is always good news with Jesus on the throne of heaven), is that once the votes have been counted, God will still be supreme ruler of our hearts and our land. We will be okay, for our faith and our trust is not in men or women of corruption, but in our own stellar, all-powerful, all-wise and always gracious God!

Hallelujah, what a Savior!!

Are you ready for this election to be over?  Are you worried for what happens next, after the votes are cast and counted?  Why or why not?



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1  Stay on track with daily exercise and oatmeal.

2  Mindfully eat and write.

3  Create a list of things that fuel joy in my life and share that list.


I did pretty well with Goal No. 1 and 2:  I ate oatmeal for breakfast half the week, the other half I ate other things.  I did all my exercises, all week.  I was mindful about my food and even switched up things with my POE (plan of eating).  I did not write much about the changes I had made, though, so that goal was not completed in a stellar manner. I’ve decided to restrict some foods going forward, and to minimize the amount I digest of those I don’t restrict.  So far, so good on that part of the plan!

Goals No. 3: Rocked it!  I worked on my joy list all week and posted as I went.  I did not post it here. If you’re interested is seeing it, let me know and I’ll do something to get it to you.  I’m not convinced everyone has the same degree of trouble finding joy as I do, so I don’t want to take up time posting twice if there is no interest.  I will say that I was surprised by the amount of items I added to the list throughout the week.  Maybe I’m more adept at finding joy than I think.

I’d love to hear about what makes you joyful. Include your thoughts in the comment section below.


This week in The Healing Journey sessions we focused on replacing self-power, self-protection, and self-provision with a deeper trust in God to provide, protect, and power our lives.  My goal list for this week is a reflection of the musings I have had surrounding those sessions and some work I want to do to set myself aside a little more in the future, in favor of trusting God.

1  Create a list of PROS and CONS associated with self-protecting behaviors. When did they work for me, and why did they not?

2  Meditate on the benefits/detriments of powering through life on my own, and as time and inclination allow, address how self-powering attitudes might be a set-up for isolation on my part and confusion for others.

3  Look at ways I’ve pushed back on the tendency to provide for myself apart from the help of my Spiritual Mentor, God.  When have I decided to “get it on my own,” instead of waiting for it to be provided?


It’s hard for the hard-working to not work hard!

It’s good for me to think about new and maybe better ways of interacting with Papa God and my fellows.

I have more triggers for joy than I thought.

Pete the Cat is sooo cool!  Reading to my grands, even cooler!!!

Politics can be a sticky wicket.

I believe more men than will admit entertain sinful thoughts on occasion.  Some are in bondage to them.

I think women struggle with smutty fantasizing, too. Otherwise, I’m not sure how 50 Shades of Gray became a best seller.

I think we are all blessed to have Jesus standing in for us at the Judgment Seat!!!

What goals will you work to achieve this week?  If breaking big projects down into smaller steps is the way to achieving our goals, how come we don’t walk that way more often?



Life is short and much of it is taken up with continual efforts to amass enough money to fund our lifestyles, grow strong enough physically and emotionally to protect ourselves, and develop networks and friendships strong and vast enough to power us through to the next level of satisfaction we seek; but what happens when your life isn’t satisfying or you need a change, or worse yet, your boss decides he needs a change?

Ought, oh!

When life is not turning out the way we’d like, that’s when delighting in the Lord is more important than ever because Psalm 37:4 includes a promise.  If you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart.

What does it mean to delight in the Lord this way, and how can we make sure the promise comes true for us?  How can we increase our chances of landing in a sweet spot of life where our desires become God’s gift to us on a daily basis?  I have some thoughts on that (you knew I would, right?).


The first thing that must be done in order to grab hold of God’s promises is for us to introduce ourselves to Him.  God’s promises are for those who delight in Him, and I think that’s probably pretty impossible if you don’t first know who God is and appreciate His character and the way He cares for His children.  So first off, we must know God before we can claim His promises for our own.

Next, we  have to align ourselves with God to claim His promises.  This means we have to be on God’s side. We have to agree with Him, and support His methods and means, and surrender ourselves to living life His way.  In a word, You and Him have to be close friends, even closer than brothers/sisters.  Your hearts have to beat as one, and your intentions have to support each other.  This kind of closeness comes from accepting a gift God wants to give to you–His Son, Jesus.

Accepting Jesus as your proxy in the kingdom of God ensures God will no longer look at your failures and mark you as a reject.  Instead, He looks at you through Jesus, and sees you the same way He sees his ONLY beloved and AMAZING Son.  God dotes on his boy, and if you and Jesus are one, He is going to dote on you.  You can’t miss when you know Jesus!  God loves Him, and through Him wants to love you. You only need let Him to begin receiving the promises.

The final step I think you have to take to delight yourself in the Lord and receive the desires of your heart is three-fold.  You have to stop self-protecting, stop self-powering through life, and stop self-providing. Basically, you have to stop riding the range alone.

You have to stop being your own boss, your own worst critic, and your own excuse for bad behavior.  Once you stop promoting SELF and start listening to Jesus and doing what He did/does, your life will begin to develop into this massive faith-based and amazing adventure, where you don’t know at any point along the way whether or not God will rescue you and see you to the other shore, yet you suspect every minute of every day that He will come through for you, just when you need Him most.  That’s what we call faith, and it’s exhilarating!

How amazing would it be to live such a life?

This week The Healing Journey sessions focused on what I need to do to give up trusting in me, and start relying on the true and deserving God of the Universe more often. Like, every day!

Is it hard to stop taking care of ourselves, protecting ourselves, and powering through by ourselves?  It is.  Old habits die hard, but the promises of God, they rock. They totally do!

This week, I challenge you to think about all the energy you’re expending trying to live a life that is SELF powered, protected, and provided for–and after you’ve thought on that for a while, think on this:  How much easier would it be to let God power your life, protect you when needed, and provide for you whatever the need may be?

I’d love to hear what you learn during your time of meditation. As always, you know where to find me, and how to leave a comment.  I’m listening, and I’m so excited for you to join me on this quest for peace, assurance, and re-dedication to what matters most.

God has the answers in every situation–we just need to ask and listen to know them too!

When have you powered through a situation/crisis/sickness alone?  What do you need God to do for you right now?



1  Replace the windshield in the car and get it inspected.

2  Create a concrete Plan of Action to aid in staying focused over the next three months.

3  Begin again with daily oatmeal and exercise.


Goal No. 1  EXCELLENT!

Car has new windshield and new inspection sticker!

Goal No. 2  GOOD!  I spent some time putting together an Action Plan this week, but because I really don’t enjoy doing this it will not be a goal of mine going forward. I will never totally give up my planning ways, but focusing on them only makes me crazy and rigid, and nobody wants that!  Better to take things one day at a time with a less rigid guideline in place, I think.  We’ll see.

Goal No. 3  YES!!!  I have eaten my oatmeal and exercised every day this week. Yay!  Some of the exercise has been painful and hard, but I did it anyway because it’s needed for recovery.


1  Stay on track with daily exercise and oatmeal.

2  Mindfully eat and write.

3  Create a list of things that create joy, and share that list.


I focus too much on what I do wrong instead of what I do right.

I still lack the level of joy I seek in this place (see above observation).

Consistency is the key to habit formation.

For every voice, there is another opinion.

Social media may be the devil.

My faith is my hope!

What goal will you set for yourself this week?  Where do you see yourself improving?

Give It Away


I had a red sweater.  I have it no more.


  1. It was my favorite color of red-BRIGHT!
  2. It was on sale.
  3. I needed something to wear to a fall event and thought the sweater would be nice.


  1. It was a cable knit design, which doesn’t look all that good on me since cable knit sweaters are chunky and I am chunky.
  2. I hated the collar.
  3. I was done feeling guilty about buying it every time I went into my closet.


  1. It no longer fits you.
  2. It was bought as a gift, but doesn’t reflect your personal style.
  3. It makes you feel bad every time you look at it, because it cost too much, or it never fit right, or it’s scratchy when you wear it, or it always ends up in the bottom of your closet and in your way.


(Especially when stepping over stuff every day, or hunting for something you can’t find and cursing under your breath, or having to give up hope because it will not and cannot be found!)

Things we keep in our homes should…

Reflect who we are as people today, not who we were ten years ago.

Make our living space more relaxing, not more stressful.

Create joy and peace in our hearts, instead of reminding us of that huge “to-do” list.

Have their own specific resting place (their own home, where we can always easily and quickly find them).

Draw attention to what we believe in, work for, love most of all, and want to share with others.

Make feeling guilty or embarrassed about inviting people in, yeah, someone else’s problem.

Be a blank space that encourages imagination, instead of overtaxing our senses.


This month, I will be taking part in a simple living exercise aimed at defining my space a little better and letting go of things that get in the way of joy or celebration.

The holidays are coming, and with them an opportunity to share living space with some of my favorite people in the world.  I don’t want to be too busy to enjoy their company, and I don’t want to be nagging them about cleaning up all the time.  I want to create a warm and inviting home space where they can feel free to be those incredible “imagineers” God made them to be, and I want them to have room to stretch out and do those things they love, maybe with a hot cocoa or mocha latte and a cookie near by.

Now, through October 31st, I will be viewing my home with two objectives in mind:

  1. To rid it of anything that doesn’t reflect who we are as people today, and/or encourage us to be all God wants us to be tomorrow.
  2. To eek out blank spaces where love and creativity can enter in and memories can   be made.

What item in your home has become your red sweater?  What is still hanging around your house from ten years ago, but in no way represents who you are today or hope to be tomorrow?





Three Goals Thursday

dsc_1092Jumping back into the deep end with some goal-setting this week after five days of vacationing and travel.

That picture up top was taken in Meredith, NH last week and has nothing to do with goal-setting, except maybe as a reflection of some planning I did to meet a goal for eeking out some alone time with the mister.


1  Replace the windshield in the car and get it inspected.

2  Create a concrete Plan of Action to aid in staying focused over the next three months with my diet, exercise, and efforts I make to live a simpler life.

3  Begin again with daily oatmeal eating and exercise.


I’m not the best planner in the world, which is strange because I love to organize things.

Automobiles can be hard to figure out, especially when you have a mystery problem to solve and you’re an experienced procrastinator.

Decompression therapy helps. I may actually be able to move again soon without dehumanizing pain.  Woohoo!

What is vision-casting anyway?

A writing exercise I tried, MY PERFECT DAY, has been an eye-opening experience.  I am definitely not where I want to be right now, but I have a better idea of what I need to do to get there.

What goals will you set for yourself this week?  What would your perfect day look like?

Proof of a Good Time

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.   Mark 6:31

What does the Bible have to say about vacations?  I wondered, so I did a search and found this passage in Mark’s gospel.

It’s refreshing that Jesus recommended his followers take time away from the maddening crowds.  He knows we are dust and that the winds of this world can get to us and wear us down. Like sand scraping across the dessert floor, our peaceful landscapes shift with the winds of work.  If not attended to, soon we’re unable to recognize anything familiar on the horizons of our lives. The mounting sands hve changed everything and we don’t know which way to turn.  In our exhaustion we cry out, “Where is true north?”

Last week, me and mister went on vacation to New England.  It was time.  Past time.  We needed some place to come away by ourselves and rest a while.

On our vacation we went to New Hampshire…



We went to Vermont…


We went to Maine…


We relaxed and we goofed off.  We had a great time!  Some of the places we visited seemed pretty desolate, but most were just plain relaxing.  I hope you enjoy seeing some of the pictures we took along the way.  We sure enjoyed taking them!!

Where do you want to go on your next vacation?  Where is your all-time favorite vacation spot?



Home Again!


I’m home once again and wanted to share with you a few shots from our time away.  Here, I’m seated on the top of Cadillac Mountain, above Bar Harbor, Maine.  This is the view from Acadia National Park.

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.”  1 Chronicles 29:11


This is a shot of Bob at the top of the world.


He’s so handsome, and look at that view. Then there was this…


And this…


That’s the amazing Atlantic out there.  I could have gazed on this all day, but there was also this, from Meredith, New Hampshire.


and this (also Meredith)…


and this (also Meredith, The Inn at the Falls).

DSC_1089.JPGWhen in New Hampshire are we not going to eat Ben and Jerry’s?  Come on!

I will share more vacation pics in the days to come, but today I wanted to pop in to say that God is good and His world is gorgeous. I hope you’ve had a chance to see a little of it this summer.  If not, fear not, for the spectacle of fall is upon us.

You still have time!  Get out there and celebrate this miraculous planet.  It’s God’s gift to us all, let’s take it and run with it!

Where have you been this year?  What was your favorite spot?