25 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married

I don’t think anything can prepare you for marriage. Yes, you receive advice from married couples in your life and you go through marriage counseling for several months, but nothing really prepares you to join with and become one with a person for what you think will be the rest of your life. As I reflect on my marriage to my late husband, I have regrets. I was naïve about many things. I wish … [Read more...]

Sheep Amidst Wolves: Maintaining Gentleness

Confession time. I have to work really hard at being gentle. It’s the truth. Many people from my former church and many people I’ve known over the years describe me as having a “sweet spirit,” and I believe I am a sweet person. But, do I think of myself as gentle? No. Gentleness is something I have to work at. One of the main areas that reflect my lack of gentleness is my speech. I’ve said this … [Read more...]

A Widow’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching, and many people are finalizing plans with their significant others. This can be a lonely time of year, however, for those who are single or who have yet to find love. It can be especially lonely and a hard time for those who have lost spouses. Social media is about to boom with pictures of candlelight dinners, roses, candy and stuffed animals. This can be … [Read more...]