Introspective Insights

Introspective - adj: Examining sensory and perceptual experiences. Insight - n: The capacity to discern the true nature of a situation.

Seeking the Light

I recently wrote a post for my church’s blog. Read the introduction here and click on over to check out the full post. There is a mourning, a fog of sadness that covers me when I take down the Christmas decorations. For five weeks the sparkling silver, red, and green have overtaken our house. Lights […]

Perspective Changed

My husband is a sweetie and indulges me with jewelry whenever he can. Every once in awhile, I need to get my jewelry repaired or resized. It is then that I get the chance to wear items I don’t usually wear. As I put on my original wedding set, I am reminded of the first […]

Learning To Love

In the last couple of weeks, God has put people in my path that are challenging. Challenging to the way I think, do life, and my perception of what is right and wrong. While this feels like something new, the reality is that God has done this throughout my life. Last week, he presented me […]

Pain In The Preparation

When I look back over my life, I see valleys and mountains, just like anyone else. And it occurred to me tonight that those valleys of pain were the places where God was working on my heart, preparing me for the next, big step. Of course, when I was wallowing in that low, I couldn’t […]

Growing Old is Relative

The day started normal and routine until I stepped out of the shower and felt the shooting, excruciating pain in my shoulder as I lifted my arm. I tried to turn my head, which elicited the same type of pain. Somehow a horrible knot developed in my back and it wasn’t loosening up. My plans […]

Tempest Peace

A month ago, I was at a retreat up north along the shores of Lake Michigan. The weather was beautiful for this time of year, but the lake behaved as it normally does – surf constantly pounding, whitecaps as far as the eye can see. It was beautiful and wild and the sound of the […]

Fighting For An Inch

I’m reading a memoir about a woman who was neglected by her mother and constantly abused by two strangers she was forced to live with when her mother gave her away. (The book is called Raised by Strangers. Click here to buy the book.)  True stories like this rip my heart apart and the broken […]

Falling Into Community

I fell when I was running today. It caught me by surprise and for a moment, I sat on the ground assessing what hurt, was I bleeding, is there anyone around to be wary of. My left knee was scraped badly, and with both hands burning from mild abrasions, I stood up to figure out […]

Greatness

The student speaker at a recent graduation I attended spoke these compelling words about greatness saying, “Do we see it, perceive it, know it when we see it, appreciate it. Do we deny it for ourselves?” I do that – I deny the greatness in myself. She repeated this phrase over and over. She spoke […]

Subtle Deception

I finally started reading my first C.S. Lewis book – The Screwtape Letters. I’ve often wanted to read his classic works about Christianity and haven’t had the chance. I’m only a few chapters into this tale of a senior demon mentoring a junior demon and am struck with the simple deceptions used against humans. This […]