When the Going Gets Tough

When hard times make an appearance in your life, do you: Complain? Hide? Get angry? Retaliate? Calmly evaluate the situation, ask God for guidance and proceed with His Plan? If you picked “e”, you are WAY ahead of the rest of us!!!  Congrats on such maturity, wisdom and self-control!!! However, if you are like the […]

What Matters Most

As I look around my life, I’m struck by how much time I have wasted during my forty-one years on earth.  The most glaring issue I see is that I’ve spent way too much time being fearful and stupidly ignoring ‘the signs’ I’ve received along the road of life. Case in point.  I graduated from […]


A friend stops by requesting assistance with their car, the phone rings with a family member requiring immediate attention to some personal dilemma, the kids are fighting over who hit who first, dinner hasn’t even been started and tomorrow’s blog doesn’t even have the first word on the page…. The situations may be different, but […]

Free Will

Lately I’ve been thinking about the good and bad people throughout the world. The good people have a little bit of bad in them and the bad people have a little bit of good in them.  And then there are people like me that are somewhere in between with a little bit of both.  Sigh. […]

Short and Sweet

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, […]


Anyone who has ever told you that life is fair is gravely mistaken.  In fact, to think that our lives will even come close to being fair will set us up for disappointment, disillusionment, and frustration. First of all, when we judge what is or isn’t fair to us…whose fairness stick are we using?  Our […]

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 […]


Have you ever heard one of those sermons that seemed to smack you right in the face and left your cheek burning from the sting?  Well, Sunday was one of those days when I sat in church and felt like Pastor Tom was speaking directly to me and waiting for me to answer the questions […]

Independence Day

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s July 4th celebrations!! This national holiday is the quintessential summer holiday and gives us all a great opportunity to party like rock stars!!  Well, maybe not rock stars since some of them do questionable things…so, maybe we should party like its 1999 🙂 And I digress – big shocker, I’m […]

Priority Management

Keeping my priorities straight is one of my most difficult daily tasks.  Often, I find myself off of the beaten path and have no clue how I got there.  Sigh. I absolutely despise that this happens as frequently as it does!!!  What is even more frustrating is when I ‘forget’ what my priorities are in […]