In The Living Room with Jesus

Dare to be Daring

Sometimes it is hard to resist a dare. A dare asks for courage in a way that challenges us to follow through. If the first dare is not enough we may even get a double dare or the powerful double dog dare; almost impossible to resist.  I have been dared to do many things in… Continue reading Dare to be Daring

In The Living Room with Jesus

Hack Proof

My email account was hacked this past weekend. This is now on the list of my most frustrating experiences to date. It has reinforced how important email has become to the flow of communication in my life, whether for good or bad. Thankfully, many great friends let me know about the scam right away (although… Continue reading Hack Proof

The Poetry Corner

The Voice to Choose

There are voices that are speaking Loudly pointing out each flaw They long to strike their target With the longest, sharpest claw Each word carries explosives To destroy what has been built They make us feel mistaken So our hope begins to wilt Words used that pull opinions By pointing out each wrong The condemnation… Continue reading The Voice to Choose

In The Living Room with Jesus

Motivations: Love or Fear

Making people happy motivates me; I think it may be a natural part of my personality and birth order to not want to let anyone down. I feel quite a bit of responsibility to make sure my spouse, children, family and friends are happy, especially with me. I get frustrated when I can't change a… Continue reading Motivations: Love or Fear

In The Living Room with Jesus

An Unusual Choice

“The Lord works in mysterious ways”. I woke up again with the words “help me” as my first prayer of the day. Another morning where my weary body was racked with pain and the day ahead seemed to hold a bit more than I was ready for. How was I going to pull myself out… Continue reading An Unusual Choice

In The Living Room with Jesus

A Distinct Aroma; Like It or Not

My sense of smell has been quite sensitive lately. Now that I am living with a chronic illness I need to be very careful about the odors I am around; the wrong scent can do anything from set off a migraine or increase my fibromyalgia pain. I find that my nose reacts especially negatively to… Continue reading A Distinct Aroma; Like It or Not

In The Living Room with Jesus

The Healing Journey

A healing journey is told of in Mark chapter 8. 22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. My journey toward healing has started in a similar way. Just like the people mentioned in the Bible, my friends and family have brought me to Jesus… Continue reading The Healing Journey

In The Living Room with Jesus, The Poetry Corner

A Hand to Hold

This poem is dedicated to two men in my life who have held my hand well. My father's were the first hands that held mine and he used them to teach me what God's love truly feels like. From years of milking cows and building our farm his hands were strong and muscular like none… Continue reading A Hand to Hold

In The Living Room with Jesus

It’s Dying Off

It will get worse before it gets better. I have heard that phrase now from two of my doctors. Boy, have they been right about the "get worse" part as I find myself knee deep in the "worse" and struggling to function; I really hope they are right about the “it gets better” part too.… Continue reading It’s Dying Off

In The Living Room with Jesus

Made to Wait

Anticipation, it’s making me wait. I can still visualize the commercial; two boys ready to eat their juicy hamburgers and all that’s stopping them is the ketchup. The thickness of the bright red sauce makes it move slowly down the neck of the bottle as they anticipate their first bite. Hunger, evident in their eyes,… Continue reading Made to Wait