The Beautiful Old

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 When did we stop inviting the ancient …

Pink Ribbon 6: Reflections

(Below is the last entry of the Pink Ribbon series: reflections on the experience from November 2013 journal entries following the November 5th bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.) November 14, 2013 1pm Thursday Venice Beach, CA A forty-five minute morning walk …

Pink Ribbon 5: Post Surgery

(A pink ribbon summary from a journal entry one week after the surgery.) November 12, 2013 10am Tuesday Venice Beach, CA  Oh Father, a week ago I was in surgery. Today I’m being serenaded by the Pacific Ocean. So much …

Follow

“Follow me,” Jesus said.* Jesus’ “follow” invites us to write resignation letters to self-leadership. Jesus’ “follow Me” promises us that we will never be alone. Often the only way God can guide us into His purposes is when we do …

Pink Ribbon 4: Preparing for surgery

(This is a series of raw pink ribbon blog posts from my breast cancer journey. This one begins four days after receiving the diagnosis.) October 21, 2013 12:15pm Monday at home “I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of love”—the …

Pink Ribbon 3: After the diagnosis

(This is a series of raw journal entries from my breast cancer journey.) Journal Entry: October 20, 2013 12pm Sunday at home Precious Savior, Thursday brought sad news and You have been faithful to carry us. Though realism prepared me …

Aging Dreams — Hope that Outlasts Expiration Dates

Today, I am typing from an earth-brown chair by a tame fireplace in Cannon Beach, Oregon where I am attending my final two DMin classes. The day is perfect for writing and I woke up with anticipation, excited to write. …

Pink Ribbon 2: Waiting

Below is a continuation of journal entries from my breast cancer journey. As I mentioned in Pink Ribbon 1, the entries are raw. Additions/edits for clarity are in brackets. Regarding timeline: The radiologist expressed her concerns about cancer on October …

Pink Ribbon 1: No Peppermints

On October 9th, 2013, I sat in a waiting room watching brightly dressed volunteers graced with pink vests and peppermints escorting anxious women into the glass walled corner nook for them to receive good news about their mammograms. The waiting …

Tea, Taste Buds, and Change

Though I entered marriage with a love of hot teas, somewhere along the line Barry and I began to specifically favor Early Grey hot (pronounced, of course, with an accent) with half & half vanilla creamer or sweetened condensed milk. …