Overcoming Fear

photo by Tobias Tullius We’re all afraid of something — spiders, failure, isolation. Rather than face one of my fears, I’ll procrastinate by doing housework, laundry, gardening, etc. Last week, I polished a silver pitcher, for crying out loud. I heard a...

About Mary, the Mother of God

I grew up as a cradle Catholic yet have not memorized the birthday of Mary, the Mother of God. I can’t explain it. Mary is even my middle name. You’d think I’d do better. The Holy Spirit calls me to continue to learn about her. In this blog post, I...

Centering Prayer: The Best Thing You Can Do

If you are competitive like me, you may hear an inner dialogue when someone says they’ve done something admirable: I wonder if I could do that? or, I could do that better (a thought that started my 26-year-career in direct sales). Even though competition often...

Pruning: A Lesson in the Garden of Life

Pruning is something I have to make myself do. I like things to look natural. At some point, whether it’s a beard or a bush, most things can use trimming up. So I snipped. I snipped too fast. I do quite a few things too fast. The roses in my garden looked leggy,...

Surrender to love and a tea party: an invitation

You never know when you’ll need to surrender to love. Chances are, it’ll be a test. Genesis 22 involves a test of surrender for Abraham and Isaac. An image of my grandson setting a tea party got me thinking about God the Father as well as Abraham in that...