• A Mother’s Wisdom

    Recently, I was going through some of mom’s papers and came across this list of “sayings.”  No author is listed.  However, the sayings are wonderful life statements and truly represent the heart of our mom, Essie Mae Chever Brown. I have added mom’s sayings and my anecdotes in red.  I am sharing half of the list now and will share…

  • Healing Hugs

    Hugs heal.  Yesterday, I hugged my brother, Billy; a strong, welcoming, healing hug sending warmth throughout my entire body.  I hugged my sister, Alice, a tiny woman with a strong grip sending strength down my spine.  My husband, Larry, hugged me sending a feeling of devotion shared by two people who have endured much together and by the grace of…

  • I’ve Been Thinking

    When it comes to people, I find that ….. It’s not about what we see.  Often, it’s more about what we don’t see.  It’s not about what is said.  Often, it’s more about what is not said.  It’s not about what we hear.  Often, it’s more about what we don’t hear.  Sounds simplistic. But, this is where relentless faith steps…

  • Crying, but Not Sad

    You know what?  I cry a lot now.  Not boo, hoo, ugly sobbing tears; but tears that just fall.  I can be looking outside, and the tears come.  I can think about something that happened last week, last month or last year and I cry. It can happen anytime, anywhere.  It can happen when I’m alone or in a crowded…

  • Pulling Weeds and Mr. Let Low’s Farm

    For the past eight weeks I have been pulling weeds for my husband, Larry, with his lawn maintenance service.  Friday, September 27,  was my last day; my husband is semi-retiring on September 30.  Now, I didn’t mind pulling weeds every Friday for six to seven hours in the hot sun because I knew it was temporary.  I knew there was…

  • My True Time saver

    I had a lot to do today; I wanted to finish cleaning the vacant rental property so I could call for an inspection.  So, I jumped into doing stuff before I took time to follow my usual routine of prayer, Bible readings, incense, harp music, hot tea and sitting. And, you know what happened?  Nothing!  I didn’t accomplish one thing. …

  • God Answers

      “God, please help me make it through this!” Tired and exhausted, I tried my best to keep up and hang in there, but I was feeling sick to my stomach.  This was the third day of a four-day hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Franklin, North Carolina.  For twenty years I’d talked about hiking on the trail and…

  • Allow Faith to be Stronger than Fear

    “For God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but (He gave us) a spirit of power and love and self-control” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV) When we read the headlines in the newspaper or listen to the news, it’s so easy for fear to riddle our bodies.  Fear so painful and so paralyzing that it can literally…

  • God is in the Midst of all Things

      I had my annual mammogram  August 6, 2019.  I wasn’t nervous.  I expected a good report.  But, as I sat waiting for the results, I started reflecting upon what the doctor might say.  I started thinking about family members, friends and even strangers who have sat in this same chair waiting for results.  I thought about them, people just…

  • Give Your Dreams Wings

    …You knew there were better things waiting for you… Hebrews 10:34 (NLT) I discovered that once I write down the dreams I have in my heart, read them out loud, pray over them and then release them; I always feel calmer and lighter.  It’s as if a load has been lifted and my dreams take wings. It reminds me of…

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