This Weekend ~ October 30 – Embracing my Halloweenie


Halloween is tomorrow. It kinda serves as the unofficial beginning of “the holidays.” The stores around here began holiday prep during the dusty last days of August (why do they continue to go there earlier and earlier?).

I will be away this year on Halloween.  Although I live in a neighborhood ambitiously dedicated to giving a fun Halloween experience for “the children,” I am feeling a little to ghastly this year. So I will be in quieter environments.

And that is ok.


In the eloquent words of Jason Tippets:

“At some level my aloneness will travel with me as a companion; we will be friends and live life together because I can only embrace it. Alone is not bad—it’s just different.”


Happy Travels this weekend,



Image courtesy of the photographic gift of Anne McCrary

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a word from The Sponsor ~ June 7

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. ~Psalms 5:3


Horizon Photo by Anne McCrary

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Midweek Question: What is your Focus?

For the last several months, I’ve focused on being attentive and grateful. My focus word was “Savor.” I wanted to Savor my blessings, my silent, quiet moments, my new courses, textbooks, colleagues, learning partners, professors, parents, and even the mistakes I had made in my life, because these led me to the point of Savor.

What is your focus?

It is time for me to refocus my focus. With the extended hospitalization of my mom I have had to get up-to-speed on medical terms, new faces, new professionals, new opinions, new treatment vocabulary, new healthcare guidelines, and so much more.

My New Focus Word is Gather.

I have begun to Gather my energy. Gather my supplies. Most importantly, I Gather my faith.

God is bigger than any diagnosed medical challenge. But if I am holding tightly to my perceptions, my watchdog advocacy, my intention to “be on it,” then where can He squeeze in? I learned this from my new prayer warrior friend, Rachel, who I met at the new Rehab hospital for mom. Rachel also quietly brings dinner to me now. Dinner is a great concept.

The Learning Curve for me is steep. But over the weekend I spent my first night back at home since January 20. I am in Gather mode. I’m gathering my team. My team includes the doctors, nurses, aides, companions, PT/OT/ST professionals, the insurance reps, the government workers at Medicare, my friends, and most importantly, my prayer warriors.

What is your Gather Mode? What are you Gathering?

Might you also join my Gather team?



Previous Focus Words

Previous Midweek Questions

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A Word from the Sponsor~September 18

Nehemiah 8:10

Created by Anne McCrary

This is the first guest blog posting by my dear sister, Anne McCrary~
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and
sweet drinks and send some to those who have nothing prepared.
This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve,
for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” ~Nehemiah 8:10

A Word From My Sponsor

Psalm 23

Created by Anne McCrary, Caring Cross Ministeries

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