Two Faces of Fear

We know fear from infancy. Our earliest fear may be fear of abandonment. Later we may fear failure or disappointing someone we love. We sometimes fear for our safety or the safety of others. We fear for our health. We fear for our financial well-being. We fear for our futures. 

Fear is real, and fear is natural. And we have a natural (more…)

Becoming an Empty Nester

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.—Psalm 127:4

In the early days of motherhood, it’s hard to imagine when you’ll ever again find time for yourself. But then your kids begin to grow up. They develop friends of their own, hobbies of their own, jobs of their own and lives of their own. Before you (more…)

Last Words

Over the past four years, I have lost many loved ones. Those losses—along with a recent 40-year high school reunion that reminds me of my advancing age—often lead me to think about the reality of death. Lord willing, I have another 30 years or so on this earth. But that means most of my life is behind me. That is sobering, (more…)

Making Connections

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls but has no one to help [her] up.—Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

If genuine friendships are a measure of blessing (and I believe they are), I am among the most blessed women ever. Despite (more…)

Loving Like Cats and Dogs

Iron sharpens iron. So one man sharpens another.—Proverbs 27:17

You may hear an argument described as people “fighting like cats and dogs.” But dogs and cats apparently aren’t always enemies. Recently I was watching the cable TV show Secrets of the Zoo, which showed yellow labs being partnered with abandoned cheetah cubs. The results are adorable and potentially life-saving.

Cheetahs, it turns out, (more…)