Category: Simply Soul Searching Blogs

Writing Assignment…

My Friends, My Readers, Currently I am writing devotions for Christ in Our Home, a quarterly publication. The assignment is due May 20th. I have so many thoughts I’d like to share in the near future! All is well here; watch for new posts… Continue Reading “Writing Assignment…”


Early each morning I take my first cup of coffee to my writing desk, light a candle, and journal about whatever is on my heart. After I write about my reflections of the day before and my hopes for the new day, I end… Continue Reading “Borders”

Beyond The First Few Lines

A few years ago, Bill and Bonnie’s annual Christmas letter had arrived early in December. I was always blessed to hear from these dear friends who had moved from Ohio after retiring. Bonnie had been a treasured friend and mentor while we served together… Continue Reading “Beyond The First Few Lines”

In The Eye of The Beholder

This morning I had a small “pity party” for myself as I looked in the mirror. The side effects of my cancer treatments have taken a toll on my appearance. My head of hair is growing back, but very slowly- straight and dark gray-… Continue Reading “In The Eye of The Beholder”

A Word for the New Year

A few years ago, I learned the practice of choosing one word as my focus and desire for the year. This practice has become very helpful and clarifying for me! The word can become a way for us to choose our tasks and commitments,… Continue Reading “A Word for the New Year”

With Open Arms

During each Advent season we are encouraged to prepare our hearts to receive the infant Jesus once again. This Advent, as I recovered from cancer surgery and treatments, I decided the best way to prepare my heart was to stop actively seeking inspiration for… Continue Reading “With Open Arms”

Walking Gently on the Journey

You could say that I’m a wimp. I don’t consider myself much of a fighter, and I try to avoid conflict as much as possible. But after my cancer diagnosis, I began to notice courageous words and phrases such as “the battle against cancer”,… Continue Reading “Walking Gently on the Journey”

Bicycle Lessons

“Are you angry with God?” The question was asked of us as Jim and I endured quite a trying summer that included chemotherapy, open-heart surgery, cancer surgery, and water damage to our basement after torrential rains.  God is beyond our understanding. I can’t even… Continue Reading “Bicycle Lessons”

Unexpected Guardian Angels

I met my guardian angel during one of the first of my regular walks at Swan Creek metropark. As I approached him on the path, I offered a smile and my “Good morning!” greeting. But this dark, burly and surly stranger only scowled at… Continue Reading “Unexpected Guardian Angels”

“Patches of Godlight”

Every once in a while we are reminded to “live in the present.” This is a wise reminder, because this present moment is truly all we have, isn’t it? We can’t return to the past, nor can we leap to the future. Jesus said,… Continue Reading ““Patches of Godlight””