A Sweet Smelling Aroma

As I woke up during a retreat, I was greeted by a pleasant fragrance wafting around the room. It was March, and the orange tree outside was in full bloom. Though I hadn't noticed the tree as we arrived the night before, its sweet scent inspired me to get dressed and go outside to take... Continue Reading →

Never too late to Volunteer

For years, I've been the mom who drops off her child for classes and either runs errands or waits in the car to read and rest. Then one day while waiting in the parking lot for my daughter to finish her class, I decided to pray for more Christians to teach classes at our local... Continue Reading →

Joining the Gym (again)

I'm feeling a bit hesitant about returning to the gym. I am out of shape and will have to work up to the routine I had when I stopped 7 months ago. Before quitting because of homeschool obligations, I had a session with a trainer to ensure I could effectively target all of my muscle... Continue Reading →

Seeing and Believing

I recently realized that my age is approaching a number commonly displayed on freeway speed limit signs. A sigh followed this thought. But then again, so did a chuckle. I was spared from a full-blown lament about getting older by a rapid succession of grateful thoughts that unfolded in my mind like a long-lost precious... Continue Reading →

Dwindling Savings

Many families are struggling because their savings are dwindling. Your goal may be to guard your savings, or it may be to survive until the next paycheck. Whatever your goal is, one category families can change significantly is what they spend on food. First, decide upon a post-2020 food budget. Prices have changed so decide... Continue Reading →

Praying for those in Conflict

When I opened the front door, my next-door neighbor and a woman living in our neighborhood were having a heated debate. A week prior, something happened between her dog and my neighbor's dog. During this conversation, she informed him she was taking him to court over the incident. I could see the conversation was none... Continue Reading →

Anxiety is a Trap

It was pouring rain and dark when my husband called me on his way home from work. During our conversation, I would hear him hitting patches of water on the freeway. Then he would respond with words I won't post. I pulled up google maps to see how his commute would be. It read a... Continue Reading →

Praying For a Friend Who’s Hurt You

Friends can hurt friends because they've been vulnerable with each other by sharing their deepest thoughts and insecurities. In the Bible, it says a friend sticks closer than a brother. When friends are that close, they are close enough to hurt each other. Sometimes this hurting is for our own good. They can see ways... Continue Reading →

Praying with a Stranger in Public

In the dentist's waiting room, I witnessed a patient being told that all of her bottom teeth would be extracted. She acted surprised and thought today's visit would only be a consultation. When her caregiver came, she told her what was happening, and clearly, the patient was upset. She was not emotionally prepared for these... Continue Reading →

Gloomy Room

A gloomy room has a dark, dismal feeling to it. You don't feel joyful, and even the air feels heavy. If you struggle with depression, being in that room makes you feel worse. Maybe you've had some sad moments, or it could be your secret place where you go to cry alone. For many, it's... Continue Reading →

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