Nothing Wasted


The broken vessel holds a treasure.

Tough to Swallow

In John 6 we find the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes. When lunch is over he identifies himself as the Bread of Life. Then in a way that shocked the crowd, he goes on to tell them they must eat his flesh and drink his blood.

Their response: Many among his disciples heard this and said, “This is tough teaching, too tough to swallow.” (John 6:60, The Message)

Too tough to swallow.

What do…

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Compassion for Mary and Martha

Compassion for Mary and Martha

Who are you more like Martha or Mary?

I’ve asked that question more times than I can remember. Today we were discussing it at the Widow’s Support group and a brand new thought occurred to me.

We typically associate Mary and Martha’s behaviors with their personalities and their spirituality. Whole books have been written about this: Having a Mary spirit in a Martha World.

Nice. But in this case,…

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Progress Report

Just want to go on record…

This year I have lost 17 pounds. Fourteen of those have been since the beginning of June…just 6 weeks!

I work out 3 to 5 times a week.

I’m working two jobs, watching my grandson, have all my activities at church, and district women’s ministry.

And in addition to being gluten free, I am also avoiding milk and most dairy products.

I’ve been able to cut my pain meds in…

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Walk this way…

Walk this way…

On May 6 I joined a gymn/fitness center. A few days before that my husband suggested since I wasn’t working maybe I would be open to checking out the fitness center he used to go to. I was. I did. I am.

I visited my mom in Arizona and had her get me a guest pass to the fitness center there and I worked out every day I was there. Even on Sunday! I surprised everyone and worked out on the day I was…

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Book Review: Undetected

Book Review Undetected
Dee Henderson
May 22, 2014

I hadn’t read a Dee Henderson book for several years. I eagerly anticipated this one and was not disappointed.

This author does an amazing job at developing her characters for her readers. They are relatable and likeable. They grow as the pages turn. This is particularly true of this book.

I lead a Bible study for the Widows Support Group at our…

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Book Review: Lost & Found—Sarah Jakes

Book Review: Lost & Found–Sarah Jakes

I hadn’t even made it out of the introduction and I was already in tears and convinced I would probably need to purchase a whole case of this book. For sure, I wanted to share it with my grown daughters who had experienced many of the struggles Sarah describes…and grown up under the microscope of being a pastor’s daughter.

This story is so much more than just the recounting of a “PK” gone…

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Book Review: Radical Forgiveness

Book Review: Radical Forgiveness

If Christianity isn’t about forgiveness, it’s about nothing at all.

Goal: to become disciples of love who master the art of forgiveness.

If we enter the Christian faith to find forgiveness, we must continue in the faith to become forgiving people, because to be an authentic follower of Christ we must embrace the centrality of forgiveness.

When Christianity speaks of forgiveness, should there be…

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Book Review: Two Mothers And Their 60-Year Secret

Book Review: Two Mothers And Their 60-Year Secret

Family secrets. What family doesn’t have them?

The secret in this family in many ways went to the graves with the women who made the promise never to tell. The story begins with an unwed pregnancy that was the answer to someone else’s prayers. Both women agreed to never speak of the arrangement they had made.

This is the story of one woman’s journey to discover her DNA, but resulted in so much…

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Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day Gifts

(I wrote this as a gift to my mother for her birthday last October. I didn’t send it then. I took it with me when I visited her in December. I spoke with her today–she just read it. So it became her Mother’s Day gift instead.)

October 1, 2013

Dear Mom,

I hope that you don’t mind that instead of sending you a card with someone else’s words I have chosen to write you a letter. I know that are very…

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Book Review: Raptor 6

Book Review: Raptor 6

Another “Rapid Fire Fiction” winner from author Ronie Kendig.

I have yet to pick up a book by this author and not love it! Reading a book by Ronie is like doing an Insanity workout: fast paced, intense, and completely engaging.

Have you read a novel and found yourself skipping pages to “get to the goodstuff”? You won’t do that with Raptor 6–or any book by this author because it’s ALL good stuff.

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