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No Control

I talked with a friend of mine today whose mother has been having some health issues. She was in the hospital for a couple of days and will now be following up with assorted specialists. They are still looking for definite answers and potential treatments. My friend was understandably upset about the situation. As we […]

Man Spa

Before my dad had his stroke, he had decided to let his hair grow out some. It was getting pretty long, then he ended up in the hospital and rehab for about 4 weeks. During that time, he kept saying how he couldn’t wait to get it cut. My brother promised that they would go […]

Final Visits

Today my dad had a visit from the speech therapist and the occupational therapist. Both of them told my dad that they were impressed with how well he has been recovering and that today would be their last visit. They encouraged him to continue doing what he needs to do. It was good to hear […]

Contemplating Lent

It has been a long while since I have been with my prayer group, but I was able to go tonight. It was wonderful to be with faithful friends and to know they have been praying for me and my family. We read the scripture about Jesus being tempted in the desert and discussed the […]

Prayers Matter

Yesterday a friend told me that her mother was admitted to the hospital in a potential stroke prevention situation. She asked for prayers and tons of friends responded to her plea. After spending the night and going through additional testing, her mom was discharged and sent home tonight. That was great news. I Found God […]

Faith is Surrender

A friend shared a booklet with devotions for caregivers. I read one today that was exactly what I needed. It started with one of my favorite scriptures, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” 1 […]

Better Than Being There

My parents have season tickets to the local philharmonic symphony. The concert was this afternoon, but they just weren’t up to the adventure it would be. They gave their tickets to a friend. About an hour before the concert was to begin, we remembered that it may be broadcast on the local radio station. Then […]


Today I had a chance to take a few hours away from the house. I started at the YMCA and swam a few laps, then enjoyed some time in the hot tub. I had not seen any friends for many weeks now, so I had lunch with one and met another to take a walk […]

Rescuing Each Other

Tonight my family was talking about the time I fell into a lake. My mom’s parents owned a cottage on a lake in Wisconsin. We would visit from time to time and always loved going out on the dock to see what we could see. One time, when I was about 4 years old, I […]

Hugging Again

My daughter in law had surgery last week, but has been recovering well. The operation was in her abdomen so she has had to be very careful not to do anything to irritate the incision. We chatted tonight and she said she was bored, but feeling pretty good. She said the best part was that […]