I had gone to the bathroom to take care of business. When I stood and flushed, the waste water suddenly rose very quickly to the top and began to overflow fast and furiously. Like a raging river, it made its way out the bathroom, down the hall, and towards the living room in record speed, destroying everything in its path. I tried yelling ahead to loved ones in the living room to “look out!” but it was too late. They had been swept away in the river of filth. Continue reading
“Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
It’s the 4th of July holiday weekend and my husband and I are looking forward to visiting our granddaughter in Utah. I got off early from work this morning so that I could wrap up the rest of our travel preparations. Continue reading
“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Monday was a particularly difficult day at work this past week. Not only for me, but for many of my colleagues. We were each rushing back and forth from our desks checking on things, responding to various challenges via email, and returning calls to clients with pressing needs. If it wasn’t one thing, it was another – all morning long!
“It’s Monday!” I heard someone say, as someone else nodded in agreement while passing by. I heard the “It’s Monday!” phrase several other times that morning. Are all Mondays really this hectic and problematic? Continue reading
“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15
They pretty much threw me under the bus. Rather than defend me, they took her side. She now felt even more justified in treating me the way she had.
I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me or that I didn’t stew over it for hours. The truth is, I stewed over it for three entire days! Continue reading
(In loving memory of my best friend, Rosie Saenz Soto 12/27/59 – 2/7/09)
I can remember our bicycle rides
through rich neighborhoods,
pointing at house we’d someday have
or thought we would.
And do you remember the night in the tent
And the stories we told
of whom we would marry
and how we’d grow old?
We were only dreamers unaware
of what our futures would hold.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
It’s a new year! A time for new beginnings. For many, it’s a time to set goals or make resolutions to ensure that this year will shine even brighter than the year before. Continue reading
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)
- Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2014 CDC WISQARS)*
- Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18 (2014 CDC WISQARS)*
- More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED*
- Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12*
- Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs*
It would have been my third, and final, attempt at suicide. I was 21, living in Hawaii, and at the end of my rope with absolutely no hope in sight. Continue reading