It’s very hard for me to admit that I’m not good/talented/successful at something.  As a child and even now as an adult, I often avoid those things that I do not do well.  Why is that? I think one reason I act this way is because I am a perfectionist.  If I can’t be perfect, then I don’t want to do it, because doing it less than perfectly awakens all sorts of ugly, unworthy emotions inside. But God is showing me the true meaning of: 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and … Continue reading Imperfection

Point, Squint, and Shoot, Manually Speaking

This strange conglomeration of bright colors was my view into the pool this cool January afternoon. When I took the shot I wasn’t aware of the deep blue color reflecting back from the sky.  I know it isn’t a gorgeous photo, but it is special to me nonetheless because I took the shot after bravely putting my fancy dancy camera on “M” for Manual! Although my left eye feels a bit punchy from all the squinting, I am now familiar enough with the two main dials on my camera to adjust the aperture and the shutter speed until the little … Continue reading Point, Squint, and Shoot, Manually Speaking

In Honor of Lt. Richard McBride

Dear Rich, Twenty years ago today, you followed Christ to the end of your life on earth when you laid down your own to help save the lives of your fellow naval airmen.  I did not know you or your family then, but your life impacts mine in ways that neither of us could have dreamed.  You see, I met your little brother the same year you entered Jordan, only, at 6’2″, he wasn’t exactly little anymore!  A few years later, I married him and took your precious family to be my own. I never met you, Rich, but you … Continue reading In Honor of Lt. Richard McBride

The Ultimate Author

I want to be calm.  I long to be serene and at peace, no matter what life throws at me.  I want Jesus to be the first on my mind when I wake, throughout my day, and when I go to sleep.  Unfortunately, that’s just not reality for me right now.  I can’t figure out why.  I am in the Word every day, but inside I am an empty shell.  A hypocrite.  A sinner in need of a saving, daily…hourly…every second. Looking back on my life, there have been times that I have been so close to God.  I really … Continue reading The Ultimate Author