(Previously published in Power Source Magazine, November 2017) PowerSource 11_17-FromMyPerspective_MaryJames “Scales always lie. They don’t make a scale that ever told the truth about value, about worth, about significance.” – Ann Voskamp Like many folks, I have been on a search for significance, a mission to matter. In my quest to make that a reality,… Read More The Significant Life
You can climb them, try to get around them, or sit down and look up thinking, “there is no way I can climb that beast!” I am guilty of all three responses, but the two that I do not want to be guilty of any longer is cutting corners or sitting down; not trusting that… Read More Mountains
Weeds. I know, not exactly the most uplifting of subjects. Yet, the time has come, once again, for the removal of them from my garden. The soil has been softened by the rain and it has fed both the good and bad seeds. Knowing how stubborn they can be, if I do not make the effort,… Read More A Lesson From the Weeds
“Perfect love casts out all fear, but it is only God’s love that is truly perfect.” I’ve worked hard at my craft over the years, but those moments still come along that make me want to cringe: a slightly pitchy note, misspelled word, bad wardrobe choice, an incomplete thought or point. This is completely… Read More Finding the Fruit in Your Failures
“If you believe change is not possible when looking at a situation, you are deciding what God’s grace is capable of achieving.” The message of God’s grace through Christ is the most beautiful gift any of us can ever possess—especially for those who have made significant mistakes along the way. Though we may have regrets,… Read More I Choose Grace (Hope for Your Parenting Missteps)
A moment from December 2013 that I am finally getting around to sharing…… As I write, Christmas is about to be over in my little corner of the world. In the midst of all the comings and goings this season brings, God gave me a sweet moment that I could not leave unpenned. Every now and then… Read More What If Your Song Never Played?
“What is that smell?,” I asked as we picked up our 6-year old Pekingese from Grandma’s house recently. Because the odor resembled burning rubber, my dear mother replied, “Maybe there was an issue with the vacuum belt. It has given us trouble before.” Uh, no. Isaiah had in-fact had one of those dreaded “skunk encounters.” … Read More A Sweet Aroma