Dust Me Maybe

I know it’s time to polish the furniture when I can just skip the sticky notes and write my list in the dust. The obvious first item on the list is ‘dust me maybe.’ Having been raised with a ‘Saturday is house cleaning day’ work ethic, I grew up liking neat and tidy. (However, we […]

Big or Bitty – It’s Treasure

Pour out the best you have, and always be poor. Never be diplomatic and careful about the treasure God gives. This is poverty triumphant. – Oswald Chambers – Say the word treasure  and visions of rich dead uncles we’re not related to tease “If only…” from our lips. Say the word treasure  and it’s over […]

Everything Was Going Well…

…until it wasn’t. Adam and Eve. The Apostle Paul. Pioneers of the Old West. They all hold one thing in common: they were individuals in transition charting a new course in life. And no doubt, they each could have been overheard muttering, “Everything was going so well…” Let’s take a peek into their stories. They […]

The Art of Being Present

If it weren’t for story, it would be hard to express myself. Even with a love for narrative, it’s difficult at times to find the words to express what is percolating inside. Eventually a lip print gets left on the mug as one thought after another sips out. The other side of the coffee mug […]

The A-B-Zzzzz’s of Leading

When I read this bit of ‘kid wisdom’ the first time, I laughed out loud! Followed closely by thinking, ‘Boy, ain’t that the truth.’ No one wants to follow a cranky leader. There’s something to that old adage, ‘out of the mouths of babes’…for sometimes an 8-year-old has the best free advice that if we […]

The Fleece of Least Resistance

How many of us leading with our lives have found ourselves opting for the fleece of least resistance?  I can’t help but wonder if a thorough DNA test would reveal a bit of Gideon ‘warrior’ in a whole bunch of us. Gideon, whose story is told in Judges chapters 6 and 7, was a good […]

Fine Lines: Where Grace Ends and Incompetence Begins

“Where does grace end and incompetence begin?” It’s been a while since we met at the intersection of Fine Lines (sometimes the Dear Abby of this blog). Motivation for writing Fine Lines: Where Grace Ends and Incompetence Begins came when I received the following email: “Nancy, I just read your blog about the BOZOs. I met a […]