• Encouragement,  Life's Storms,  Mimi Moments,  Storms of Life

    A Day of Holding and Beholding

    Yesterday was the kind of day I want to remember forever! I don’t know which touched me more — getting to spend the day holding my new little grandson after his 52-day stay in NICU or beholding my daughter in her new role as a mother.  Both have done a number on my heart! As I spent the day with Luke and held him in my arms,  I strangely discovered he filled a part of my heart that I didn’t even know was empty.  How can someone so little do something so big? And, as I watched my daughter in her new role as mother, there was even more joy…

  • Life's Storms

    In the Shadow

    Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:7 (NLT)   What do you think of when you hear the word shadow? Darkness, sadness or gloom cross my mind. But then I’m reminded —  The only way to have a shadow is to have rays of light present. This is where it gets good … When you feel like you’re walking through a dark and difficult valley and you can’t see what it is God is doing, you can rest knowing He is present. There is joy in the shadow when we set our eyes on the Light of the World. I find comfort in knowing…

  • Life's Storms

    Above the Clouds

      The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Psalm 50:1 (ESV) On a recent drive to Haleakala Summit, 10,000 feet up, my husband and I witnessed something amazing — a breathtaking sunset above the clouds. On our drive up Haleakala volcano, we journeyed through some rainy weather, but when we finally reached the summit, we broke through the clouds and were met with a gorgeous full rainbow.  We got out of the car and found front row rocks to sit and watch the sun set into the clouds below us. As the sun dipped deeper and deeper into the clouds, beauty and splendor swirled together to produce brilliant shades of orange,…

  • Life's Storms

    Rest = Renewal

    He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. Psalm 23:2-3 (NLT) It had been a hectic week. You know the kind. The kind where there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. The week had my patience running low and my mind exhausted trying to keep up with everything I needed to remember to do. Plainly stated … I was overwhelmed. I hadn’t let myself take a break. The kind of break where I walk away from the computer, the phone, the noise, and go to a place where I can just be. Ahh, yes! Psalm 23 reminds me that rest is part…

  • Life's Storms,  Prayer

    The Unknown and What If’s

    Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12 (NLT) Are you facing a challenge right now? Does worry have a hold on your thoughts? Are the unknown and what if’s of life weighing you down? May I say I’ve been there, too, and oh me,  I’m there once again. Life’s certainly full of its challenges, right? The good news for me is this — each time I step into this world of the “Unknown” and “What if’s”, I find myself becoming a little stronger. As I look back over my life, I can see how my faith has grown over the years because of my trials. Romans 12:12 above is a good…

  • Life's Storms

    Dancing in the Rain

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … It’s about learning to dance in the rain – Vivian Greene It’s inevitable. Storms will come and go in our lives. Some may be gentle rain showers that fall quickly, while others may be fierce hurricanes that stall over our lives producing flood waters that rise until our hearts feel like they’re drowning — leaving us feeling defeated and completely exhausted. But, what if we could learn to dance in the rain? Would that make a difference? Instead of complaining about our storm, what if we found one positive thing we were gaining because of it — one thing that was making us stronger, wiser, better? The “cancer” storm blew…