• On Writing

    How to Hear God’s Voice (& maybe your own)

    The weekend of October 16-18, 2016, was a Heaven-come-to-earth occasion at ‘Dwell’, an intimate (5 of us) Writer’s Retreat co-led with my friend Kimberlee Ireton. We ‘Glory Writers’ camped in Psalm 37 for the weekend, particularly verses 3-7, and meditated on all those verbs–‘Trust’ ‘Delight’ ‘Commit’ ‘Rest’ and the tough-to-do ‘Fret not.’ “Dwell” means to stay where you are so you can hear what you need. Here’s what I heard when I returned home. Pushing the patio chair into place undercover, I scan the deck for my little table. I want to sit a while and take advantage of the peace and quiet to listen. Not read my Bible, read a…

  • Made Things

    What’s Eating You? No, Really.

    My neck is killing me.  (The lavender-laced, rice-filled warming thingy helps a bit. ) My massage therapist says my neck muscles are so strained from being in this position they have ridges in them. Ridges? That cannot be good. Protocol dictates I come see her once a week for the next six weeks.  I’m grateful for insurance (exclamation point) and I will definitely look forward to the relaxation time, but what about the in-between times? Without the soothing music and comfortable table and the healing touch of therapy? I’m left wondering–why am I so stressed? What is causing this perpetual stretching forward that ignites my muscles into overdrive? I think…

  • Made Things

    A Very Special Announcement

    Homemade ‘button’….bear with me? Thru the Word, Thru the Week–2TW squared One of the surest ways to guarantee a healthy diet of Daily Bread–the Word of God–is to commit to a study of it to share with others. I’ve had a little dream (okay, a Big Dream) about teaching God’s Word to women so I’m jumping on in!  Earlier this year a phrase popped into my head about just that–it’s on the little ‘button’ above–so here we go….. Once a week on Wednesdays I’d like you to pull up a chair, or a pillow or cushion and rest with a bit of ‘bread’. Think of it as sitting around the living…

  • Made Things

    On Birthdays & Being the Big Sister

    I was so looking forward to 5 days with my sisters and close friends for my birthday, celebrating my big 6-0 in an extraordinary way. I reserved a place at the beach in Southern California, my birthplace.  My head was filled with imagining the familiar sights and sounds, the walks on the beach, the fun ahead. I had pretty high expectations. There would be conversations laden with 40-plus years of history and ‘oh, you had to be there’ laughter.  The usual hallmarks of times with people who’ve known you forever. But there was one subject in particular I was nervous about.  Could I bring it up? Would anyone else? What should I say? …