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Receiving The Blessing of Giving …

Last year’s anonymous gift giving spree whet the appetite for another go at it this year. Our stated goal was to give to any and everyone we encountered on our walk across Walnut Street Bridge, “just because,” with no strings attached. Our children were eager to get back out there. Kids thrive on repetition and ritual … they like to “know the ropes,” so to

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Gratitude Dispels Fear …

photo credit: jakub_hla I was tossing and turning during the wee hours of the night a while back. (I’ve found that the early AM hours are the time when the ego does its worst work.) This sort of sleeplessness has assailed me before. I awaken abruptly and lie there for hours completely overrun with thoughts like, “what if this happens or what if that doesn’t

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Counting Our Blessings, Christmas, 2011

I decided to share a Christmas letter with you counting blessings for 2011. May it inspire you to count your own! 🙂 Greetings! I pray this letter finds you and yours enjoying a peaceful, if not joyful, season, and that you are looking forward to a bright new year! Since the holiday season is a time to remember back over the year and count our

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Choosing Happy Thoughts

photo credit: feliciano_naredo I had the opportunity to speak most honestly with a precious 8 year old while traveling the metro system in a large city recently. She told me her name was Gabby, and said she’d been given the perfect name for her because she liked to talk so much! She was traveling with her dad and he warned me that “once Gabby gets

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Remembering My Victim Past

Recently Daniel was reminiscing out loud about how I was back in my “victim days.” He talked about how I used to seem ever vigilant, always on the lookout for what was NOT going according to my plan of how things should be and how miserable I made myself (and everyone around me, too) when things were not proceeding according to “Lynne’s dictates.” (I like

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