“Did you show him the pictures?” my friend asked after I told her I’d read a children’s book to my dying dog.
I have a secret to share: This summer I read countless children’s picture books to myself—not just once, but several times, even at bedtime.
One evening a few years ago, my husband and I hosted our first church small group. A warm plate of banana-oat chocolate chip muffins tempted us from the kitchen counter;
Crammed in the back seat of my mother-in-law’s Dodge Omni on a February morning, I held hope as she rushed me to the hospital.
In a recent poetry workshop, we were asked to write a poem from a memory about Grief. The memory of a few trees had the power to remind me of a special person and the realities of life.
October Rose I sauntered along the border of the shimmering parking lot, past shiny-leafed plants laden with day-long drizzle. I lingered in October rain, admired the quench of leaves surrounding a show of pink roses.
A Variation on Vows Guests arrive for the celebration. Neat wrappings wait to lay crinkled. Pressed formals hang in garment bags, not knowing their fate.
For years, our unspoken promise— meet each school day at Park and Weston. We clutched books ‘til red lines formed in the soft places of our arms.
“Marriage can become a favorable funnel to direct God’s presence into your daily life.” ~ Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage An Emotional Escalator One tough day several months ago, Andy and I scattered disputes and disagreements around like kids strew Legos over the living room floor.
True Christian marriage is an offer, not a request. ~ Gary Thomas Today’s “Me First” Culture Living in a world that focuses on a “Me first” mentality encourages people to vie for power, position, and possessions.
Chapters 9 and 10 of Sacred Marriage are entitled Sacred Struggle, Embracing the Difficulty in Order to Build Character and Falling Forward, Marriage Teaches Us to Forgive.
Chapters 7 and 8 of Sacred Marriage are entitled How Marriage Exposes Our Sin and Building the Spiritual Discipline of Perseverance.