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Finding a Child’s Joy

  • 11:33 am Thursday, October 27th, 2016 by Delilah

We’re wrapping up a stormy October, hurricanes in the east, tornadoes in the west, lots of rain and wind and fear, damage and destruction; amidst it all, song and dance, praise and joy.

Yes, joy – from where, you ask? Everywhere. Homes and schools, places of work and places of worship. But primarily, I think, in the hearts and minds of children.

Children do not have the burden we as adults carry. Worry is overshadowed by wonder. Days after Hurricane Matthew struck in the east I saw pictures of children frolicking in back yards that had been turned into pools. The joy [More]

Weathering the Storms of Life

  • 10:58 am Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Delilah

Lots of talk about storms lately… Is there one brewing in your life?

We all must weather storms of living, but some are much more difficult than others. Losing a loved one, divorce, betrayal, career set-backs, physical injuries and illnesses, addictions… These are the storms that cause our psyche to run, to flee, to take cover.

Sometimes our instincts mislead us and tell us to shut EVERYTHING out, not just the danger but the help we need to get us through.

Are you experiencing a tumultuous time such as this? Take heart, you are not alone.

As my friend, Robin Roberts, says, “Everyone’s got [More]

Better Safe Than Sorry

  • 5:50 pm Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Delilah

Last week I talked with you about being a refuge from the bitter, angry, divisiveness that is permeating our media these days, and on the heels of that note, in stormed Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricanes are REAL physical danger, friends. We are very blessed to live in a country that has storm preparedness policies and practices. Warnings were issued, evacuations ordered, first responders placed on alert, utility crews poised for action… and still there were folks who scoffed, who refused to move. This inaction not only puts the individual at risk but also all those who are called to assist.

As Matthew approached [More]

A Safe Place

  • 5:32 pm Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Delilah

Welcome to a safe place.

Safe from the bullying, harassment, and negativity that the media has accosted us with lately. Politics? I’m beat. How ’bout you?

After last Monday’s debate I had to take a break from social media for a while. Soooo much anger out there. Made me sad and anxious to see it all.

A few days later pictures of kids, and animals, and food started circulating again and I was able to log back in to my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts without holding my breath.

Are you experiencing this negativity overload? Is it like nails on a chalkboard to you [More]

Blue Skies & Shaylah’s Eyes

  • 5:12 pm Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Delilah

I love fall! Perhaps even better than spring or summer… well, perhaps not better, but… Oh, who am I kidding? I love ALL the seasons!

September, after a very expectant spring and summer, brought me my first two children; Isaiah and Shaylah. I have to admit, I am partial to this month.

More aptly, what I love the most is the changing of the seasons. That certain something in the air that is signaling nature to be on alert, for heat, for cold, for rain, for long days or short ones; “prepare” that something says!

I enjoy watching our natural world make it’s [More]

Fall, Friendships, and Fettuccine!

  • 11:05 am Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Delilah

On a recent Sunday my sister and I got together with an old friend, Kevin, who came to town unexpectedly on business.

Kev grew up next to us, he was a few years older than my sis, DeAnna, and a few years younger than me. His older brother, Dallen, was our brothers BEST friend. His “person” as I like to say. From the moment we moved into our home when they were 12, Matt and Dal were nearly inseparable. Dal was always our families “plus 1.”

Kevin, age 7 proposed to DeAnna, age 5, through an enclosed culvert that ran under our [More]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

  • 5:04 pm Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Delilah

I recently caught myself worrying…

I had a million things to do (like always,) school was starting, kids were asking (demanding) things of me, work was asking (needing) things of me, friends were feeling neglected, and there was still only 24 hours in a day.

I felt my anxiety rising, heard the sharpness in my voice, I realized I was “in my head” too much. Right about then, it occurred to me that I ought to take some of my own advice.

And that would be, you ask?

Stop worrying!

Worrying and stressing over things won’t change any situation. It won’t make a commitment disappear, [More]

I Meant to do My Work Today

  • 4:32 pm Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Delilah

Good golly, I can’t believe it’s September already! Can you?

Every time I sit down to write the monthly newsletter, I find myself saying something similar, and feeling like my mother when I lament “Where did the time go?!” But it’s true, the days just seem to fly by and the pages on the calendar too.

The kids start school next week. My Zacky is a senior this year (gasp!) Thomas a junior, Antonio, our exchange student, a sophomore. Blessing is in 7th grade and Delilah Jr., the most enthusiastic of them all about this transition, is going into 2nd.

And to give [More]

Not Enough?

  • 3:55 pm Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Delilah

Are you a “Not Enough” person?

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough, don’t get enough, deserve more? Do you feel cheated, wronged, looked over, taken advantage of?

Do you cut yourself the biggest slice of cake, or sneak the last piece of candy from the community bowl? Do you hold on to your money instead of supporting a charity or cause?

Is life just unfair? Can you share in the joy of others accomplishments and successes or do you feel resentment toward them and secretly (or not-so-secretly) complain that they are undeserving?

I know people like this. Regular people. Good people. [More]

Love Is…

  • 12:29 pm Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Delilah

Do you think love is a feeling/emotion or is it an action?

That’s the question I’m posing to you this week.

When you say, “I love you” are you conveying a feeling or promising an action? Wm. Paul Young, the author of my fave book, The Shack, says “Love is what and who you are in your deepest essence.”

Let’s think about that…

If our bodies are mostly water, we must drink water. Good, clean, pure water. In doing so we replenish what is lost through the motions of life, and we stay healthy and well.

If our souls are made up of love, then [More]

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