Overwhelmed? A Message Most of Us Need to Hear

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By September 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Once a year I sit myself down for a serious talk about the same two things. Each year distractions foil my resolve to master two simple concepts. The first is simplify. The second is — Slow down! If you have one mega-calorie nutrition bar capable of sustaining life for three weeks, would you eat it all at once or portion it…


Duty is a Good Thing as Long as You Give Equal Time to Joy

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By September 4, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

You know what it’s like to make a duty call. It’s expected. It may even be contractual. You have to do it to maintain your “good person” status. Duty has it’s place – as long as joy gets equal time. Revelation is the unexpected intrusion of external thought or insight. These are mountain-top moments that decorate our lives like candles…


The Truth About Change – Faith and Worry Don’t Socialize

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By August 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Jesus makes it perfectly clear that Faith and Worry don’t keep company. Faith usually chooses Joy as a dancing partner. Worry never leads and looks to Temptation or Distraction for a good time. My husband and I are getting older. So are you. So is everyone. Some just start sooner. We look into the future knowing we can’t maintain our…


Transforming Evils into Bouquets: Posy-Plucking

Victorious Christian Living By July 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Ring-a-round the Rosie, A pocketful of posies… I pick bouquets of posies several times a day. You’ll note from the photo that my posies aren’t soft, fragrant, or belong anywhere near my pocket. Ouch! I’d love to rarely see them; discovery an unusual occurrence. Never would be better. Little evils sneak in no matter how hard you work to eliminate…


Chasing Tribulation, or How I Got Bucked Off My Treadmill

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By July 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Most of you understand bucking. Lots of horse folks know what it’s like to look up from the ground wondering, “What happened? I walk on the treadmill every day without incident. Until last Monday. One moment I was upright and the next I lay crumpled on our garage’s cement floor. The first sign something was amiss was the unexpected noise…


The Doer of Good

Book Reviews, Victorious Christian Living By July 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

There isn’t enough time to do all I want or read every wonderful word composed by great minds and hearts. I’m up to my second rib in a new manuscript, working to say more with fewer words. This short story by Oscar Wilde popped up in my research and blew me away. So, of course, I wanted to share it…


Are You Content?

Victorious Christian Living By July 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

My arena is growing. The process is disruptive, time-consuming, expensive, frustrating, and exciting. Part of the old fence is gone and the new location is marked. Change is constant. Being content amid change is a gift of grace. Contentment is owning where you are. More certain than taxes is change. Today is not a carbon copy of yesterday. “Groundhog Day”…


Why Teenagers Don’t Talk About Their Faith or Feelings

Victorious Christian Living By July 6, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Why don’t more teens talk about faith and feelings? Research suggests they can’t. Conclusions reached in the National Study of Youth and Religion are sharply disturbing. How well does your teen-ager communicate? Whether it’s your child or a grandchild, do you enjoy emotion-rich conversation? Can you snuggle together in the parlor with a cup of tea and talk about faith, family,…


Rethinking the Use of Pressure in Horse Training

Horses and Owners By June 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

For the first time, Journey backed with impulsion and perfect form yesterday. Woo-hoo! It’s hard to believe we rescued him almost three years ago because some lessons come s-l-o-w-l-y. His success yesterday was like a piece of birthday cake. (I love cake.) A moment worth savoring. Journey’s back up was pretty. Cadenced. Straight. Hocks and hindquarters engaged. With the diagonal…


Pretty Doesn’t Ride

Horses and Owners By June 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Pretty alone doesn’t ride. Pretty isn’t a reliable indicator of ability, heart, character, or trainability. Neither is a great hip, but it’s a better bet than an attractive head if you want to do any of the funner things with a horse. Gallop across meadows. Chase cows. Climb mountains. Run fast and shoot balloons. Enjoy play days or competitions. As…