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You are more than the choices that you’ve made

You can be remade. Start again. The first time I heard this song I cried. I am forgiven.  He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. 1Peter 2:24 NLT I know Jesus […]

the angels hear me

  and it is sunday morning and i have to leave in a few minutes and i can’t decide what to wear and is what i have to wear acceptable will people look at me and think i don’t belong and i wear boots and jeans because i can’t wear a dress on my scooter weaving […]

My father was a writer. I am a writer.

  My father sat in his black leather armchair after supper and wrote in his notebook.  The varnish on the wooden arms was worn off from him resting his arms on them when he wrote. No one else sat in his chair. Ever. His chair was beside the television set. The television was on. My […]

Don’t procrastinate, your butter will melt

We went to friends for a pot-luck barbecue and brought potatoes and butter. When we left the dinner I put the butter container in the back of the van with the left-over potatoes. It was late when we got home from the dinner and I didn’t want to make two trips to the car. It […]

When you have to make a decision, is there a right answer?

  When you have to make a decision, is there a right answer? When you add two numbers together, the answer is consistent. The answers are always the same. 2 + 2 = 4 5 + 6 = 11 3 + 3 = 6 The answers are always the same: 4, 11 and 6. When […]

There are too many potatoes on my plate

There are too many potatoes on my plate. Too many things to do. Too many potatoes on my plate. There are so many potatoes they can not stay on my plate. They are falling off and sitting on my fork, knife and spoon. I have to take some potatoes off. I need to say no. […]

I challenge you to listen to Thumper and not complain today

Today has just started, we just have this little second we are living in. It is black outside. I see a ribbon of red between the trees as the sun begins to rise. It is 5:57 a.m. No words have been spoken. The air is silent. I challenge you to not complain today. Do everything […]

147 steps to tackle a BIG project

Do you have a  BIG project you need to work on? Is the project as big as a mountain? Is the project so big that you haven’t even started on it?  Is the project so big that you are having trouble sleeping at night? Did you delete all of your recipes and now you have […]

The last time I saw my mother…

I drove my mother to the airport. We got there three hours before her flight. I couldn’t wait with her beside her gate. She walked through security on her own. No, she went to the front of the line in a wheelchair. She didn’t have to stand in line with her new hip. Or was […]

Quit it right now! 12 things you must never do again.

  Yes, you heard me right. I want you to quit. And, I want you to quit right now. “Hey, Hodges, you just told me a few days ago to not quit. You even quoted a whole bunch of famous people who also said not to quit.”  Yes, that’s right, I did. And I meant […]