Power in the Midst of a Prison

Silas twisted on the uneven stone floor and squinted through the cell's dank shadows.The rough hewn stocks chafed at his swollen ankles. Pain raked across the raw flesh of his back as his shoulders rolled into a sticky puddle--his blood mingled with Paul's, no doubt. Sour and metallic odors weighted the air between their bodies. With trembling…

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Low Tide Introspect

High tide waves glide ashore. The foamy caress adds a kiss of salt to the sugar sand. Water and pristine beach glimmer together in sunbathed glory. Breezes carry the fresh hint of brine, a lovely scent for visitors to carry home in their hair. As the weary sun droops, visitors retreat…

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Listening for Thunder

I grew up among whispering live oaks and pines. I scampered with other kids into the woods or frolicked with them among the tree cluster in our yard. When no one else could play, I climbed into my favorite oak and imagined myself queen of a living castle. In my tropical state, I…

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Getting the Most from your Fall

Autumn's cascading leaves and glimmer of auburn across the horizon offers a perfect setting to consider falling. Though I'm as prone as Lucile Ball's screen characters to stumble through my home, today's blog won't highlight the comic relief of physical clumsiness. As we delve into squash season, let's take a moment…

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WellBeing Plan

She tumbles out of bed and staggers for a light switch. A bedraggled creature squints at her from the bathroom. She recoils and gasps. When the fuzzy head mimics her retreat, she recognizes her reflection. She hopes the shower will renew her motivation to start the day, but there isn't enough…

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Delightful Gifts

"God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent...He summons the heavens above,and the earth, that he may judge his people...'Sacrifice thank offerings to God,fulfill your vows to the Most High,and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.'" -…

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Blooming Season

Several months ago, I discussed a certain tree with my son. Thin clusters of leaves struggled for air between clumps of moss. "Did it even bloom this spring?" "I don't think so." "Hope there's nothing wrong with it. I love the spray of tiny flowers across the lawn when it blooms."…

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Even the sparrow has found a home,    and the

Even the sparrow has found a home,    and the swallow a nest for herself,    where she may have her young—a place near your altar,    Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house;    they are ever praising you.-Psalm 84:3-4 All its wealthy heirs long gone, the vacant chateau welcomed passers-through. Despite caretakers' attempts…

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Stronger than the Mountain

I squinted at step number three hundred, wavering before me. Staking my right foot in place, I gripped the rail and heaved myself onward. My lungs strained to draw themselves full, but drank the air as if sucking ocean water through a straw to quench a thirst. I clutched my swimming…

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Brilliant Focus

Receding clouds clear distractions from my mind, and I reflect on those beloved sunset walks before this spell of rain. I miss the refreshing strolls, but must admit I wasted some. Staring into my own shadow, I monitored my feet and two rectangles of concrete ahead of them. Fretful thoughts scrolled…

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