Sam and the Red Balloon

Sam-in-treeIt’s Sunday morning, bright and early. I’m excited to be here, in Portland, Oregon, to meet my wonderful new granddaughter and spend time with her big brother.

Sam is not yet two and a half. He’s utterly adorable, and utterly sweet. I didn’t realize quite how sweet he really is until I got to spend seven precious days with him.

We arrive at church and jump out of the car. It’s cold and rainy in Portland this morning. We pull our coats up around our ears, put our heads down and get ready to scurry inside.

But Sam has seen something. He pulls on my hand, makes a squealing sound and points upward. He can’t quite say airplane yet, but I’m pretty sure that’s what he’s noticed. Continue reading

Redefining Your Passion -or- When Life Interrupts

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Image by Lew(tomswift)Holzman_Flickr.com_4837657_CC BY-ND 2.0

But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 1 Timothy 5:4 NIV

Passion – the past decade’s buzz word. Discover your passion and immerse yourself in it and your days will overflow with joy! But sometimes, do you ever find yourself scratching your head wondering if you got it all wrong? You realize one morning your passion’s steeped in hard work and toil overflows more than joy? Continue reading

Kids Are Watching

379739o 200-cropWhen a close friend of mine found out she had breast cancer, she told me she was afraid to tell her children because she didn’t want them to be worried or afraid. I told her that her kids would react however she reacts. The cancer was caught early and her prognosis was very good. She was told that she would not even need chemo. So even though the news of cancer is always unsettling, it was not a death sentence for her. I told her if she cried while giving them the news, they would cry. But if she acted positive and confident and explained it in a way they could understand, they would be fine. My friend had surgery to remove the tiny tumor, then followed with a few weeks of radiation. She has been cancer free for 10 years. And her kids handled it very well. Continue reading

Live It Out!

footprintsHave you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Perhaps the driver ahead of you paid your bridge toll. Or someone picked up the tab for your coffee at the drive-thru. When that happens, it gives us a great feeling and motivates us to pass it on.

When we come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord, we have received the greatest kindness ever offered: the gift of a reconciled life with the one true, living God. But the forgiveness He extends does not end with us. We are called to forgive others as we have been forgiven. We are called to encourage others to live with a forgiving heart, too.

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Investing in a Writing Career – Specialty Dictionaries

SpecialtyDictionariesAre you an aspiring children’s author? Maybe you are already published, but you are looking for resources for your writing library. Last week, I posted about children’s dictionaries and how they can boost the word choice used in writing for kids. Today, let’s take a look at specialty dictionaries. Continue reading