Meaningful Things

Sometimes good days become filled with meaningful things and a sense of truly leading with your life. What’s a good day look like to you? If you’re like me, it changes based on your definition of ‘good’ at any given time or felt need. A sampling of my ‘good days’ includes simple joys: – a […]

One Choice From a Different Life

We’ve all been there. One choice from a different life. Sometimes we knew it. Sometimes we blew it. Sometimes a glance in the rearview mirror is all it takes to confirm we made the right choice. Sometimes the coulda, woulda, shoulda’s staccato’d through our mind to a beat our heart never got the hang of. Numerous one […]

Women’s Retreat – May 5-7, 2017

Nancy Bentz, Life Coach & Shammah Ministries  Spring 2017 ‘Desires & Longings’ Women’s Retreat May 5 – 7, 2017 Friday 4 pm to Sunday 10 am Clearwater Lodge at Davis Lake Newport, WA For more about the retreat and all the details, please refer to the retreat brochure. Due to popular request from the last retreat for a […]

That’s a Wrap – Adieu to Sweet ’16

That’s a wrap. Adieu to Sweet ’16. Departed and leaving in her wake the stirred emotions of a sixteen-ager. For many, the past year was not so sweet: some of it was sour, sorrowful, stressful, strict, unrelenting. For many it was a year full of energy, enjoyment, satisfaction, and the thrill of a ‘something’ well […]

Begonias & Bygone Days

November where I live marks the official segue of seasons. Autumn’s beauty begins to fade like a gracefully aged woman stripped of her makeup. Leaves have fallen, are falling, or hanging on for dear life. The first flurries of snow tease without sticking. The wind blusters a bit more forcefully as winter nips at its […]

Knees, Jerks and Other Reactions

If kneejerk reactions and bonehead moves were featured in a catalogue, how many of us would have our own special label? In all truthfulness and humiliation, I raise my hand…much more slowly than my knees are prone to jerk. I have a great patellar reflex – the tendency of the knee to jerk involuntarily when […]

The Art of Dignity

a way of appearing or behaving that suggests seriousness and self-control; the quality of being worthy of honor or respect 1 Culture enjoys all manner of art forms: Literary arts. Media arts. Visual arts. Performing arts. And that sometimes seemingly prehistoric form known as The Art of Dignity. There have been days when in disbelief I’ve wanted […]