“You’ll only feel a little pain…”
“You’ll only feel a little pain…”

There is nothing that terrifies me more than having to go to the dentist. The emotions it invokes are dread, guilt and anxiety. I want to avoid it at all costs regardless if they come highly recommended.  Or if a friend can testify that they are good and reputable. My feelings remain the same. Why? […]

Raging Waters
Raging Waters

Last night I had a dream I was on vacation in a second story condo atop a hill. Don and I have our daughter and her friend with us, along with our oldest granddaughter and baby grandson. With the baby on my hip, I walk into the master bedroom. We have been here for a few […]

Stinking Attitude
Stinking Attitude

Attitude is our thoughts turned outward. So, if an attitude stinks, where did the smell come from? You got it – our thoughts. Learning much from picture stories I pondered how I get a stinky attitude. First, it doesn’t happen instantly but in steps. Secondly, it is my own doing. I choose to take those […]

From Soaring High to Bottoming Out…….in Minutes
From Soaring High to Bottoming Out…….in Minutes

It was Friday morning at 9:00am when my cell phone chimed announcing an incoming text message from my sister in law. “Our Ladies retreat is this weekend titled, Lord Teach Us to Pray. We had a couple of cancellations. We are looking to bless someone. Would you like to come and join us? We just […]

Caught In A Riptide
Caught In A Riptide

“Dana, it seems you and Don often go through hard times. However, it is the result of the choices and actions of others. Merely, because you choose to do the right thing, you suffer for it.” I sat stunned at the impact of her words. They felt like a safety line tossed into my turbulent […]

I Trust You, But….
I Trust You, But….

As the recipient of many pranks, my husband doesn’t trust me easily. He no longer asks me to make his sandwiches in fear that I will leave on the cheese wrapper. Or put in a bag of half eaten cookies. He thinks twice before walking into a dark room that I have entered minutes before. […]

Washing My Mouth Out
Washing My Mouth Out

Standing in line, I was waiting for the next available cashier. An elderly couple walked in front of me to look at the shelf of men’s polo shirts. Suddenly she blurts out to her husband, “What the _______! They are right here you dumb _____! He slowly saunters over and doesn’t utter a word. I […]

HOSPITAL CALLS
HOSPITAL CALLS

A friend has spent days in the hospital alongside her husband. It’s been a bumpy ride for them. A roller coaster of emotions has flooded her mind. I went to the hospital simply to give HER a hug. Why? Because I KNOW from experience the loneliness, fear and thoughts that can consume our minds during […]

WHERE… is your God now?
WHERE… is your God now?

As a young teenager someone asked in a cynical tone, “Dana, why would YOU become a Christian? YOU have always been a good person.”  Insecure and immature, I was rendered speechless for I didn’t know how to answer. As a young adult a relative called me out on something I had said about the Bible. […]

Soul Searching
Soul Searching

The keys were nowhere to be found. I looked everywhere. I backtracked all my previous places to no avail. I turned things upside down and inside out. Did someone take them? I started to blame others. Where could they be? It had the key to my house, car, mailbox, office, tags for stores and the […]