Keeping It Simple

So many times we try to make life more complicated than it is.  Why is that? Some of my examples include the fact that I’ve been saying for years that I want my kids to grow up with a servant’s heart, but I’ve done nothing to make this happen.  I’ve prayed for wisdom, but refused […]

Working on The Moral Bucket List

This past Sunday, The New York Times published an article by David Brooks called “The Moral Bucket List.” Let the title sink in.  The moral bucket list…what a concept!! Normally, when we think of a bucket list, we are dreaming of the many things we would like to accomplish before we say goodbye to life.  […]

Choose Joy

As the days have gone on and I’ve become less anxious about having another panic attack, I’ve been trying to discern what I should change and what I can do to better prepare myself for the next time I’m faced with a fearful situation. I am definitely beginning to think that this panic disorder is […]

The Cancer That Really Kills

Lately, my heart has hurt as I’ve remembered a dear friend who died of breast cancer two years ago this past week.  In her short life she touched many and made a profound impact on all those around who met her. Susan was such an amazing person with a penchant for life! Sadly, her family […]


I’ve known for many years that God does not tempt us (see James 1:13), but what I am recently realizing is that He does test us.  EEK!!! Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip. […]

Giving It Up For God!

As Lent came around this year, I really had no intention of giving anything up.  Not that I wasn’t interested, but I didn’t have any ideas on what to do.  However, on Monday I had a conversation with God and to my surprise HE gave me an idea! It went something like this…. “Should I […]

The Bible

Lately, my church has been doing a sermon series called, Fully Alive in Christ.  It’s been interesting, informational and downright eye-opening.  Love it when that happens!!! The biggest take-away I’ve had so far during this sermon series is how few of us actually dust off our Bibles, open them up and READ. Crazy, I know. […]

Continuing Christmas

Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday.  Who doesn’t enjoy sweets, presents and a cheerful disposition?!?! As much as I’d love to celebrate Christmas all year long, my waist line would expand and even my ‘fat jeans’ would not fit anymore.  Sigh. However for the past three weeks, I’ve been mulling over my reasons for placing […]

Bethany United Methodist Church

I talk a ton about what I learn on Sundays at my church and what points my pastors make that in turn stir up my own thoughts.  These ponderings (think this is a word)  subsequently lead to GEM blogs. SO, I thought I would share with you a list of questions that I was recently […]

Relying on God

Have you ever noticed how everything always works itself out? For example, that final exam in Calculus when you were a sophomore in college that you fretted about for the entire semester…do you even know what you scored?  Probably not. Or what about that appraisal that came in too high for the house you were […]