Showing posts from August, 2016

Scratchy, Scratchy

You have 22 minutes until your kids will be home from school and you want to finish reading as much of your latest book as possible. You are relaxed, kindle clutched in your hands, you exhale and begin reading. You tell yourself, twenty-two minutes and no distractions. Then it happens. Just a little at first. A small persistent itch in the middle of your back. You know you do not have much time, so you try to remain focused on your book. Keep reading, it will go away. It doesnt stop. Now it is growing stronger and you find yourself unable to comprehend what you are reading. Gotta scratch! Gotta scratch!! Oh my goodness! Scraaaaatchhhh!!!!! You drop the kindle in your lap and head straight for the attack. Except there is only one problem: You cannot reach it. No matter which angle you try, the itch is just out of reach of your fingertips. Now you have to jump up, find the nearest corner in your house to slide your back on - back and forth - until it goes away. Those 22 minutes? Now you…

Introducing Herschel

I have a confession to make. 
I like music. A lot. In fact, I love music. I have always felt such a connection with it that, at times, I don't even think its normal. If I am not listening to music, I am singing it - either out loud or in my head. 
Quite a while ago I came to the realization that if I were to think back to a time in my life when I was filled with such happiness, a great deal of that time was when I was part of a band. I associate those times with some of the most amazing feelings of fullness. The coming together of a group, taking a piece of music so raw and scratchy and turning it in to the most beautiful sounds. I have always been one to get chills when on stage and I'll admit I was moved to tears a time or two...while playing. 
Many people can appreciate this, many cannot. 
I've dabbled in different instruments over the years, but, just in case you don't already know, the clarinet is my favorite. In fact, I love my clarinet so much he has a name -- Hersc…

Preach without words

Did you brush your teeth?
Because I am your mother, that's why.
Were you born in a barn? Shut the door! 
Always wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident.
Im going to change my name from Mom.
Use good judgment.
You are who you hang out with.
Yep. Right there, that last one. There are other versions, too. For instance - "a man is known by the company he keeps" or Booker T Washington's "Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company." And, last but not least, the possibility of falling into the trap of being "guilty by association."
In case you didn't know, I am going to share a little secret with you: Moms are always right and all of their sayings are going to come back to haunt you one day. You may have brushed it off when you were a kid, but I am sure at least once in life so far you have had to suddenly stop to catch your breath as you picture your mom's face and say, "holy cow, sh…

He opened his eyes.

Do you ever feel like you are not worthy enough -- or qualified -- to do something? I feel like that sometimes when it comes to spreading God's word and sharing in my writing. I mean, think about it -- its GOD's word. You cannot really get any BIGGER or more important than that! Every now and then I wonder - who am I to think that I can take on such a task? After all, I do not claim to be a scholar when it comes to the Bible. Heck, my family didn't even really go to church while I was growing up! So how can my amateur musings have any impact on anyone? 
Now, let me tell you what I discovered the other day. Have you met Paul (aka Saul)? Paul holds a huge place in the Bible, turning many people to Christ, both in Biblical times and still today through his writings in the New Testament. But before he began down that path, Paul fought against Christians! Acts 9:1 (NIV) says he "...was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples." Jesus spoke…