Encouragement is like oxygen to the soul. -- Julie Mullins

The Group: a short story in a big world

Prologue This little short story started out as a dream I had not long ago. In my dream, I was frustrated and then challenged by my Pastor as he seemingly refused to take charge of a group of people waiting for some meetings to begin. As the day went on, various groups of us just decided what we wanted to do and did it...all with the blessing of my Pastor. Our church has a motto: EveryOne EveryDay EveryWhere. Apparently my…

Alzheimer’s: Scared of the Dark

Some days I feel as if I accomplish nothing. Absolutely nothing. I am bombarded by the  mountains of details in life: my closet needs to be cleaned out, my kid needs to be moved across the country, my businesses kind of need to be managed. But in the words of Rhett Butler, “Frankly my dear...” This is one of those days, so if that scares you, hit the “back” button on your browser and move along. I’m too tired to…

Seasons

[caption id="attachment_1832" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="From a walk to Lexington Center last week"][/caption] It's that time of year again...the time when everyone ELSE in the country begins to talk about seasons! I love fall, and this New England girl always feels a twinge in her soul when the leaves up north start turning and I'm not there to see it. Obviously these days I've been pretty mobile, and David and I did get to see the first signs of the coming…

Run

My family is clamoring for attention. “Check this out for me, please?” “Before you go, can you just look at this...” “I need you for just a moment.” My mind can barely process the requests. They tumble one after the other in a hopeless pile of need. Somewhere in the middle of the tasks and to-do’s my brain finds a clear spot and time stands still: I need to go for a run. Fortunately, we’re staying at a large hotel…

Inexplicable

[caption id="attachment_1792" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Inexplicable"][/caption] Inexplicable. One medium sized word that inspired the entire direction of the second half of our lives. It is a great word, if you think about it. Life is inexplicable. It is filled with inexplicable moments of beauty followed immediately by inexplicable moments of sorrow. There is inexplicable illness, inexplicabe death. We see inexplicable fame (especially on YouTube!) and inexplicable years spent in obscurity. Once in awhile we thrill to inexplicable healing, provision, or direction.…

God in a Brothel by Daniel Walker: Book Review

I've been drifting at the edges of the human trafficking issue for a year or two now, joining my church in the Hope for Freedom cause, reading, talking, networking. I have sat with prostitutes who were trafficked into the trade by relatives and "safe" friends. I've heard their stories and seen their redemption. I've seen homes for restoring the souls of young girls. And I've read. I've read news reports of raids, successful and not. I've read books that were…

The Big Game: Superbowl 2012 and the Nuns

I heard a great story on Fox News yesterday morning while I was getting ready for my day. Since the story involved human trafficking, an issue that I care about deeply, I stopped what I was doing and watched. I loved what I saw! It seems that a group of nuns in Indiana is (rightly) concerned about the increased potential and reality of trafficking surrounding the Superbowl tomorrow. But these nuns didn't hold a prayer meeting or a candlelight vigil.…

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

I just finished reading Mark Batterson's latest book, The Circle Maker. If you have followed Coffee Shop Journal at all, you know that Batterson is one of my favorite authors in the current Christian landscape. So I have been slowly savoring The Circle Maker, letting its message sink deep rather than skimming the surface of my mind. The premise of The Circle Maker is simple: God honors the prayers we pray. Hardly ground-breaking! But Batterson frames The Circle Maker in…

There’s still shampoo left in the bottle

A year or two ago I bought some amazing organic shampoo from my stylist. It was the same product she used in the salon, and I loved what it did for my hair! So optimistically, I shelled out the price for the lovely product and brought it home. You know this part of the story: I used the shampoo and loved the smells, the feel. I loved the shine in my hair, even though I couldn't quite make my hair…

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