Our First World obsessions. How did we get them? Picture-perfect homes. With fine decor, and all artistically arranged. I can’t help but wonder: How did we get this way?
Storms and difficulties of all kinds and sizes come our way. From simple gray spells or times of discouragement, to life’s big storms and even pandemics. And they can really start to get us down. A lot of life’s problems are extremely serious, like this COVID-19 that is currently afflicting the world. And it canContinue reading “Ten Ways to Beat the Shut-In Blues”
We had long dreamed of owning our own home, which with our lack of regular income seemed like The Impossible Dream. But in planning our move to Abruzzo nearly 10 years ago, we learned that property values in these inland villages of the south are unbelievably low.
We mostly ditched Christmas a few years ago. Not out of Scroogish tendencies, but because of the increasing materialism. Each year it became harder for us to find true meaning and spirituality among all the commercial trappings. So for several years we did little during the holidays.
Pray without ceasing. What an impossible task this seems! And while it is often said that Paul meant we should have an attitude of prayer, I think he also intended us to pray much more than we do.
Most of us went to school as kids, and knew the way so well we could almost follow the path eyes closed! But few of us could have imagined taking the extremely long, ardous, and danger-frought paths the children in these documentaries follow.
Can we ever be too thankful? I think not, and I believe Scripture backs me up. Yet life is often hard, and it becomes so easy to fall into the habit of fretting, complaining, or even despair.
How can we handle the unwanted? Unwanted people and events? The happenings none of us would ever want in our lives? Abandonment, separation, division? Those crushing and heartbreaking events which threaten to drain our life’s blood away?