FEELING THE FLIP

Taken at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo by Sassy If most of life is perceived right-side up, then I am seeing life from the point of view of this rodeo clown these days.  Everything seems out of whack, but in reality, life is moving along as it always has, I’m just feeling the flip. While…

PULLING WEEDS

I’ve been sick for almost two weeks now and have been confined to my couch when I’m not at work (or at prepaid, planned events). I’ve watched quite a bit of basketball (sorry, Baylor, Purdue), edited many photos, slept, and had many thoughts sloshing around in my head.  Unfortunately, most of those thoughts are still sloshing,…

CHANGE THE WORLD?

My Transparent Onion has a friend that I’ve only hung out with a couple of times, but he, like my Transparent Onion, asks deep, probing questions disguised as random thoughts.  Of course, his question, awkwardly answered, really did hit me like a ton of bricks – many hours later.  I will get to The Question momentarily. The first time…

SASSY, BELOVED

Last night, one of the readings at small group was from John 13, where John mentions “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” In The Voice, he is referred to as the one disciple in particular, “who was loved by Jesus…” Of course, I have been pondering this after the fact. One of the teachers in our…

WHEN HEARTS BREAK, GOD FALLS IN

Years ago, a counselor looked me in the eye and confirmed that I had absolutely no nurturing skills. As much as that ticked me off at the time, I came to find she was right. Though I was good with kids, though I had friends, I didn’t know how to nurture. At all. I grew…

PSALM 119

God’s timing is all sorts of ridiculous. I’m finding that to expect anything less would be to sell myself short of the richness of the experience of following Him. After writing my blog entry last night, I read the following this morning: Psalm 119:1-8 (The Message) You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily…

EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT

I can remember when I was soft-headed and hard-hearted. I didn’t think enough, have much in the way of discernment or wisdom, and my my heart was hard and I couldn’t feel love. I would believe the unbelievable (and not the good kind) and I would follow facts rather than truth, but I wouldn’t allow…

PEACE

At a recent Bible study, someone mentioned that the Hebrew word for peace, Shalom, was translated as wholeness. My entire life, the word peace has been referred to as a feeling or emotion that is sought after, desired and coveted. How often have I heard someone I know say, “I just have a peace about…

STRENGTH

Early this morning (or late last night, depending on your point of view and whether or not you slept longer than I did, which you probably did), I was talking to my little brother (my transparent onion) about strength. Or rather, he was talking… I was definitely listening… and it was definitely early or late……

UNPACKING

I’ve had quite a bit to unpack and process this week. Just after I gave God the keys to the room he required of me, my resolve was tested as hard as it could be. In the past, when faced with this particular test, violent nightmares and other extreme evidences of stress would follow. This…

KEYS

Lent is upon us again. Last night I made pancakes for two friends and we enjoyed each others’ company and enjoyed a tradition of what many do the night before Lent. We celebrated Fat Tuesday, the last night for forty days to indulge before entering a season of reflection, prayer, and fasting. After my friends…

EASTER AT DAYBREAK

The last time I got up at 5 AM was… well, it was… I think it was… a Thanksgiving a long time ago when we got up and drove with droopy eyes in hopes of arriving in San Angelo in time for the Thanksgiving feast. We drove in darkness for quite some time and then…