A Mile in Her Shoes, devotions

Ism’s, Schism’s and A Prayer for Fierce Unity and Love.

Ism’s. Racism. Sexism. Ageism. Unfortunately-the list goes on forever. The truth is from ethnicity to religion to hairstyle etc. We isolate from and judge others. As less than.  We use ism’s to differentiate. Some, are not bad, they are simply categories.(Even though in general, I hate categories and labels.) I won’t waste words listing those here. You know them. I’m…

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What Everyone Needs: Friends Who Show Up. Even When You, Don’t.

I felt like everything including my body, was falling apart. I was doing everything I knew to do to cope, including, prayer, studying scripture taking breaks to care for myself and upping my Zoloft dose- but it wasn’t enough. I called a girlfriend fire drill. “I need to get together. I’m losing my mind.” I’m pretty sure that is a…

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In Which: I Hate Being on Hold. In all ways.

Confession: I hate the phone. Well- I love my phone- I just hate talking on it. I have issues talking to people without being able to see their faces. Among the bakers dozen other issues I have. I especially hate being placed on hold, once I’ve actually picked up the hateful phone and actually made a call.  Which- happened Friday…

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2015- A Year for Hope and Joy. #myoneword #twowords

I don’t follow rules particularly well. I view them as guidelines. I gave up New years resolutions years ago. Mostly because the ones I chose tended to be lame, temporal and well- I usually failed at them.   I’ll exercise every day. I’ll lose 30 lbs. I’ll eat healthier. I’ll spend more time with God and the people I love…..…

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In which I learn that: I can’t, until I have to- and then: I can. Because Jesus- does.

“I can’t do this.” “Ok. Maybe I can do this, but I could never do THAT.” I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve said and thought those words in all their related-forms. And yet, here I sit.  At my husband’s hospital bedside. (YES, FOR REAL. STILL.) On day 9 of a hospital stay we weren’t expecting. (This is…

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Cancer and Life and Goin’ on a Bear Hunt- My Preschool Theology.

“swish, swish, swish” “Can’t go over it, can’t go under it, have to go through it.” When I taught preschool, and when my kids were young- this was a daily favorite. For the past few years- I’ve been living this nursery rhyme. Not so much a favorite. There are things we’ve been facing that are scary and hard…. like surgeries,…

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WWF of Faith……In which I don’t have six-pack abs nor, do I wear golden underwear to work- but, I’m wrestling, just the same….

“Let’s get ready to RUUUUUMBLE.” I can almost hear that famous 80’s wrestle mania announcer as I step into the ring, ready to wrestle. (It’s been a long time since I’ve watched wrestling… I’m not actually- a fan. You probably guessed that already.) Except,  I’m not wearing golden underpants, (well- not in public) a mask or a cape. Actually? Right…

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A Mile in My Own Shoes….. In which the path is messy- and I walk it anyway.

I love to take my camera for a walk. I am braver with it-than I am without it. I walk places I might not walk- without it. I know I’ll find something amazing to snap pics of. Somehow- when I’m behind the lens- paths that seemed too root filled and rough- without the lens- are transformed into opportunities. I take…

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When my heart condemns…..me.

“I can’t believe I said that.” “Will I ever learn?” “Why did I do that?” “That won’t very Christ-like of you.” “Yup- straight to hell for that one.” “I never should have done that.” I wish I hadn’t done that.” “How stupid can I be?” “There is no way someone as jacked up a mess as me- can be helpful to anyone.”…

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Even Here- When the nest is so high- I can’t even see the eggs….

The momma robin dive bombs anyone (She’s not a fan of our dogs.) who come way too close. Poppa bird stands guard on the playscape. He’s ever-ready to protect his family while simultaneously making quick outings for their sustenance- and covering the eggs while momma bird does the same. That- and a bottom view of a well tended nest- is the only…

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