The Lord Is My Shepherd

Times are changing, aren’t they? Sometimes that’s good. If we lived in the 1300s, we’d be plucking our hairlines in pursuit of higher foreheads. Thank heaven things have changed! But sometimes change doesn’t feel so good. Especially when it seems to be constant. We turn on the news one day,

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An Unexpected Discovery—The Joy of Not Being Needed

I found clarity, and I wasn’t even looking for it. I wanted to make my story more dramatic, so bear with me while I “spice” it up. The world was disintegrating secondary to a global pandemic. (Hard to believe that this part is actually true.) Our two adult sons, recently

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Retreat…Seeking What is Certain in an Uncertain World

Did you know there are writing tools to help you find just the right title for an article? I wanted to name this one: Going inside-out to find right-side-up in an upside-down world. My online tool said it stunk, so I dropped it. But dang, it captures what I prayed

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Her Story: A Thread Of Grace

Have you ever tried to sew fabric to elastic? If the circumference of the elastic is smaller than the circumference of the material, you need to sew a “gathering stitch” on the fabric. It’s a loose stitch. It’s not fancy, but without it, you could never pull the fabric together.

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I’m Over My Mouth

My Sis and I erupted in laughter when we saw the quote on the front of a sweatshirt: “You might be Lutheran if you feel guilty over not feeling guilty.” We’re both grateful for our Lutheran upbringing. Our laughter wasn’t mean-spirited. It was more like the self-deprecating humor people share

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I’m Over Letting Myself Go

Have you ever loved someone who behaved as though they didn’t love themselves? It hurts. I remember when our kids went through their angsty teens. My heart pinched every time I saw evidence that they believed the lie that they were less than who God said they were. Lately, God

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Sisterhood is All Because Christ Has Come

A year and a half. That’s how long it took before any of us asked the question, “By the way, what church do you attend?” The question seemed almost as inconsequential as the answer. It wasn’t that the answer wasn’t important. On the contrary, we all cared deeply about each

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Sisterhood is a Safe Place

I’m grateful for my sisters. ·     Who else would I send pics of gummy bears to? ·     Who else would see how I’m holding up when my daughter moves 1,400 miles away? ·     Who else would tolerate my complete disregard for commas? Isn’t having a sister fantabulous?! Except for when it isn’t. There’s

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Sisterhood Means We’re Better Together

Dunk. Slurp. Chew. Savor and repeat. Because coffee and biscotti are always better together. I couldn’t believe I’d never had Nonni’s Biscotti before. If the year were 1999 and I was prepping for apocalyptic computer shutdown, my Y2K supplies would definitely include Nonni’s. A month ago, a “sister” sent me

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