Mothers, Daughters, and Vitamin C

I knew what she was going to say.  I had sniffled through our conversation. Now Barclay, have you taken your vitamin C?  You really must do that if you want to prevent these colds of yours."   Truth is, I loved that my mom cared about my stuffy nose.  Never mind that other sentences that began with... Continue Reading →


In the Beatitudes, Jesus tells us how to live a happy life.  This is not the stuff you will find on the bookshelf of best sellers at O'Hare airport.  The Beatitudes challenge the current self-help mega industry offering counter-cultural concepts that may take you by surprise. Blessed are the poor in spirit.  Blessed are the... Continue Reading →

Your Place of Prayer

At my Community Bible Study yesterday we read about Jesus retreating to a "desolate place" to pray.  He was deeply saddened at the death of John the Baptist and we can infer He needed time with His Father to grieve and recharge. The CBS leader shared she has a friend who is fond of asking,... Continue Reading →

Waste Not

They hijack our joy - they rob our contentment. You know them. They go by the acronym, WASTE.   Because that's their outcome. A big fat WASTE of time. Worry, Anger, Stress, Trepidation, EnvyI just came home from a delightful yoga class where Brian our teacher quoted an intention for our practice. Brian said when negative thoughts... Continue Reading →

The More-Prayer and a Happy Dance

I can still see the white pillowcase stuffed with rocks and ragged squares of torn sheets. She would carry it over her shoulder in Santa Clause fashion and plop it on the classroom table. "This is SO heavy!" my mom would exclaim.  "What on earth is  inside?!" She would take out the first rock and unwrap... Continue Reading →

The Instant

“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.” In her book The Year of Magical Thinking,  Joan Didion talks about the "ordinary instant" when her husband died. The ordinary instant. Relative to which, we mark our lives as the Before and After. For me, there was the ordinary instant when the pediatrician told me my 4-year-old son who... Continue Reading →

Anxiety and Mushrooms

For years, God's voice in my head mimicked that of my mother Peggy urging me to try harder, perform better, attain more. Don't you see?  You're not quite good enough. So when my friend, Sally, gave me a copy of the daily devotional called Jesus Calling, it was a spiritual game changer. It turns out... Continue Reading →

Suffering Love

Here's what I know. Jesus wept.  The shortest verse in the Bible.  Perhaps the most profound.  He was standing at the tomb of Lazarus overcome with grief.   Jesus understands. God watched His own son die on the cross.  God knows suffering. In the valley of the shadow of death, He is present.   You cannot see... Continue Reading →

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