(In the photo is a woman's face reflected in a mirror) What are three words that describe you? What is something that most people don’t know about you? Who is someone you admire and why? Conversation starters like these can cut through the space and tension at a table when I find myself sitting with … Continue reading How Do I Talk to God? Psalm 96
A woman sitting looking away in sadness. Sometimes a day carries both joy and sadness in overflowing measures. I had a chance to witness an incredible event today with family and friends at our church. My niece was baptized. Somehow, in a moment, I could only see my sister was not there to share something … Continue reading How Do I Lament in the Midst of Joy? Psalm 77
Photo of a tree taken in Texas by Anthea Kotlan From what I see on social media, she’s been living a charmed life. Every project she tackles is successful, her husband adores her, and her children all sing her praises. She works full-time, homeschools, grows organic vegetables, and in her free time, she published three … Continue reading Am I Falling into the Trap of Comparison Culture? Psalm 37:34-40
A stone step trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains The steep trail took me deep into the hardwood canopy, and then I rounded a corner to catch a glimpse of how far up I had climbed. The valley below rolled out before me, displaying every possible shade of green, brown, gold, orange, and red. October … Continue reading How Do I Keep From Falling? Psalm 37:23-29
"We cannot feel secure until we are seen, soothed and safe."Dr. Curt Thompson With a bucket in one hand, and the other firmly grasped by my grandmother, we embarked on a grand adventure as the sun began slowly setting. Out and about when I would usually be tucked up in bed gave me such a … Continue reading What Makes You Feel Secure? Psalm 37:18-22
For a few years, I had a steady date on Tuesdays with a local coffee shop drive-thru. Like clockwork, I would place the exact same order and then drive to my father’s home. His home was now a memory care facility where he thrived on a gloriously structured and predictable routine. When Covid restrictions curtailed … Continue reading Are You Feeling Surrounded by Your Enemies? Psalm 37:12-17
Waking up in a dark hotel room can feel utterly disorienting. For a moment I can’t tell where I am or even determine where the light switch might be? Those wonderful blackout curtains stand guard against any light seeping into the room. After a few seconds, orientation begins to take hold, and I remember where … Continue reading Perspective Shift – Psalm 37:6-11
Can I choose to quiet my soul in this waiting time? The psalmist is creating a peace-filled liturgy for himself. He is singing a lullaby over his own soul.
Rescuing our teddy bears topped the list of goals for my sister and me when water began to fill our car one Sunday afternoon years ago. We rapidly employed the screaming while holding our bears aloft technique. No doubt my father, the driver, really appreciated his children’s skills. Nevertheless, we were loudly lamenting the peril … Continue reading When the Enemy Surrounds Me – Psalm 57
In Psalm 37, the psalmist offers an antidote for fretting or being fearful.