“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.” ¬†Isaiah 25: 4 (NIV)

“Mommmmmm!” The bellowing came from the garage.

I stifled a knee-jerk response to my young adult daughter, not wanting to condone her act of hollering from a distance to grab my attention. I continued loading the dishwasher in the midst of the zesty aroma of garlic, still lingering in the room from our evening meal. Continue reading

A Grateful Pause


Let me set the scene. Memorial Day. Walmart. That’s it. Need I say more? I made a mad dash into the packed building first thing in the morning. I was surrounded by a bevy of shoppers picking up items for the day’s activities. Within minutes, I spotted carts loaded with beach towels, Styrofoam coolers, bags of charcoal briquettes, bug sprays, and sandcastle construction equipment. Continue reading