Imperfection, living well, Perfectionism, Winsome Living / 03.01.2019

  I resolve to be content with my imperfections and weakness and give thanks for God's power. 5 Days of Imperfect Resolutions: A Devotional for Imperfect Woman 5 Days of Imperfect Resolutions aren't your normal New Year resolutions. They’re resolutions that are made in full consideration of life’s inevitable challenges and realities. And in case you’re already feeling a little overwhelmed here at the starting line of 2019, I think you’ll find these resolutions more encouraging than burdensome. I’ll be posting a daily devotional here, but I'd love to give you a printable copy! If you're already a subscriber to Winsome Living, check your inbox. Your...

Imperfection, living well, Perfectionism, Winsome Living / 02.01.2019

  Happy new year! I hope this finds you with a heart full of what fills you best! Isn’t it interesting how what fills and fulfills each one of us can vary so much? I’m married to an energetic, enthusiastic extrovert. I joke that I’ve been “chasing” Jeff, trying to keep up with him for over thirty years. (When we first married, my dad nicknamed him Tigger.) Jeff wakes up ready to dress, eat, and hit the road! On the other hand, I wake up and drink my coffee as slow as possible, get dressed as late as possible, and stay home as much...

Imperfection, living well, Winsome Living / 17.12.2018

“It just doesn’t feel like Christmas with all this going on.” I nodded as my friend shared her struggles and hurts. I understood. Reality doesn’t take a holiday. And as if the weight of our struggles wasn’t already heavy enough, in comes Christmas with all its “merry” magnifying the frustration of hard circumstances that refuse to fall in line with our well-laid plans for Christmas cheer. If we’re honest, my friend’s frustrated sentiment can be more common than the warm, fuzzy feelings we so long for at Christmas. As much as we try to keep them out, the painful realities of life have a way of...

living well, Winsome Living / 27.10.2018

Author Brennan Manning told the story of Edward Ferrell who traveled to Ireland to celebrate his Uncle Seamus' eightieth birthday. One morning Edward and his uncle got up early to go for a walk by Lake Killarney.  As the sun rose, his uncle stopped and stared at the sunrise for twenty minutes in silence. Then the elderly man began to skip along the shoreline with a smile on his face.  Edward caught up with him. "Uncle Seamus, you look very happy! Would you tell me why?" "Yes, lad," Uncle Seamus replied with tears coming down his face. "You see my father is very...

living well, Winsome Living / 17.10.2018

There’s a painting on my refrigerator. You know the kind. Watercolor trees, some grass, and a few unidentifiable bright lines. My granddaughter Amelia gave it to me, and that's what makes it precious. Just around the corner, a print by Van Gogh hangs in the living room. The Harvest. Have you seen it? The rough strokes, texture, and bright, rich colors are Van Gogh's trademarks. Today, one of my sons asked me who he looks like in the family. I told him he looks like his dad when he was younger. He held back a smile, but his eyes gave his pleasure...

living well, Uncategorized, Winsome Living / 10.10.2018

"Peace, love, and joy are all we need to solve the world’s ills." He spoke with thoughtfulness, conviction, and hope. The statement seemed as stereotypical as his sixties style, but I could tell he meant it. I'd just dropped off my son Daniel for drama practice, and I was looking forward to enjoying ninety minutes of solitude while I waited. I found the local coffee shop, anxious to make some progress with my novel, The Brothers Karamazov. Impressive, I know. But if I’m honest, it was the pick for my book club. And that’s the only thing that was going to get me...

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