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Comfort Ye – Handel’s Messiah

 December 1, 2022

One of my holiday traditions is to listen to Handel’s Messiah at the beginning of Advent. I’ve been doing this since high school when my brother gave me a vinyl recording of it. It combines two of my favorite things: exquisite music and the words of the prophet Isaiah. This year as I listened, I […]

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Thankful for the Little Things!

 November 24, 2022

When I was raising my children, it was the little things that drove me to distraction. The attempt to come up with semi-nutritious meals three times a day, seven days a week. Making sure my children had clean clothes to wear (though whether they matched or not was another thing). Taking care of sick children […]

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Surrounded by Mountains – Mountain Home, Idaho

 October 26, 2022

“I lift my eyes to the mountains,” has been my prayer over the past few weeks as I’ve been surrounded by mountains in Mountain Home, Idaho. Each morning I enjoyed looking at the mountains in the distance as I walked, praying those words, as well as reflecting on the words, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, […]

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What Do Mountains in the Psalms Teach Us About God?

 October 11, 2022

I awoke on Sunday morning to the words, “I will lift my eyes to the mountains,” and “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord is around his people.” I was in Rock Springs, Wyoming, on the last leg of a journey to Idaho to visit family. There were mountain in the distance prompting my […]

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Psalm 139:7-8 – The Hound of Heaven

 October 4, 2022

I was aware of the poem, The Hound of Heaven, by Frances Thompson, but didn’t pay it much attention until writing the last book in my series, Prima Ballerina. It seemed the perfect poem for Ashley, the main character. As I read Psalm 139 recently, I realized that long before Thompson wrote his masterpiece, there […]

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Psalm 34:8 – Taste and See! The Senses in the Psalms

 September 13, 2022

Psalm 34:8 tells us to “taste and see the goodness of the Lord!” But how is that possible? How can you taste God – a spiritual being? And the tongue can’t see … or can it? The Importance of the Senses As a writer I’m aware of the importance of using all senses to engage […]

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Popes I’ve Known

 August 23, 2022

Let me begin by saying, no, I’ve yet to meet any pope. However, as a life-long Catholic and one in ministry in the church throughout my adult life, I am acquainted with the popes of my generation, as well as previous generations. As a Catholic, I’m aware that popes, even though they live far away […]

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Humility in the Psalms

 August 16, 2022

Humility is an essential virtue for the spiritual journey. We need humility to acknowledge our need for God. But what can we learn about humility in the Psalms? What do the Psalms have to teach us about this crucial virtue? What differentiates Humility? I’ve heard that humility lies between courage and arrogance. What a wonderful […]

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When Body and Spirit Go in Opposite Directions

 August 5, 2022

We are bodily spirits. I’ve often read of the need for the body and spirit to align. We are told we need to listen to our bodies as well as our spirit. But what do you do when your body and spirit go in opposite directions? The Spirit is Willing … I don’t want to […]

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Forgiveness in the Psalms

 June 30, 2022

Forgiveness is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight and usually requires time and healing. But what does Scripture tell us about forgiveness? And, what can we learn about forgiveness in the Psalms? Forgiveness is a Process “I’ve given up on forgiving and loving,” the eighty-four-year-old woman claimed as she sat down next to me. I […]

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