Quit Pulling the Wagon By Yourself

It's a happy picture, isn't it?Did you pay attention to the facial expressions of those kids in the wagon?  Delighted, aren't they?  You know why?  Because they are enjoying a free ride.  Who wouldn't enjoy a free ride?  All you've got to do is climb on board and enjoy the scenery.  You're not responsible for … Continue reading Quit Pulling the Wagon By Yourself

Breaking Free of the Chameleon Life

“To live life based on the expectations of others, is to live the life of a chameleon; constantly trying to read situations and become whatever they are expected to be.  The problem with the life of a chameleon is one never knows who they really are.” People’s strong, positive reaction to the above paragraph (and … Continue reading Breaking Free of the Chameleon Life


It was probably 20 or so years ago I had a conversation with a church leader who was telling me about the new preacher their church had hired.  One comment was very revealing in regards to his expectations of a preacher’s wife, “Our new preacher’s wife is really something.  We got a two-for-the-price-of-one when we … Continue reading THE PREACHER’S WIFE


Tori* gives a furtive glance at the clock as she places the bowl of potatoes on the dining table.  Her green eyes widen.  Six o’clock.  The ancient Seth Thomas clock that belonged to her great-great-grandparents begins its slow marking of the hour.  Her heart pounds in time to each strike of the hammer.  The whirring … Continue reading IT’S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT YOU

Embracing Your Circle of Control

My ten-year-old daughter, Rebekah, squatted beside me in the shade of the plum tree in our back yard.  I was scrubbing my soaked and soaped hunting dog, Susie.  My labored breathing and mumbling through gritted teeth made my attitude of exasperation palpable.  I hadn’t planned on bathing my dog when I came home for lunch … Continue reading Embracing Your Circle of Control