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THANK YOU SO MUCH! tag with pine cone & leaf

Crazy as it sounds, the phrase “thank you” is as much of a gift for the GIVER as for the receiver.

Wanna give it a try?

Think of something you’re genuinely thankful for and say it out loud.

“I’m so thankful for…”

“Boy I really appreciate…”

“I can’t thank you enough for…”

Feel that little surge of endorphins? Amazing, isn’t it?

Saying “thank you” actually makes it EASIER to be happy!

Go figure.

Turns out even God’s toughest commands are full of love…  


“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”



Here’s wishing you and yours the HAPPIEST of Thanksgivings!

HAPPY THANKS GIVING (wood with orange leaves)


November 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM Leave a comment



I’m knee-deep in projects this week so this is yet another poem from the archives, slightly revised. The original version appeared in a literary journal, my first in fact, which tickled me no end – especially given the content of the poem! 


Nothing quite right.

Nothing quite wrong.

Just endless thoughts of me and my endless thoughts.  Exhausting.


Anxiety wells up with each passing moment…


Why haven’t these “raw materials” added up to more by now?

Why haven’t you accomplished more with your life?

Quick, what can I accomplish before lunch that will ease

this crushing underachievement?


This failure to launch.


This atrophy that seizes the half-opened rose and freezes it in place.

Then slowly it dawns…

Could atrophy nipping at my heels actually be a gift?


A nagging-yet-necessary reminder that time is short and those little daily choices oh-so-precious.


Do I beat atrophy at its own game by making it my friend?


Or better still, befriending its Giver…


…who limited our time in this fallen world

as a gift of mercy in the first place?


November 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM 2 comments

Birthday Blessing…


Happy birthday, babe…YOU’RE the gift!

Today is my husband’s birthday. The day we celebrate the fact that he was thought up by God, created, and introduced to this world!

This year is more of a “working birthday” for him, as he travels to various locations doing music and comedy. As I got up in the wee hours of the morning to see him off (something I rarely do, believe me) I sensed the Lord prompting me to write a blog post. “Really?!”     I asked. What on earth would I write about?

And then I ran across this picture, and it dawned. I could write about Paul.

What can you say about the single most influential person in your life…besides Jesus?

I could go on and on…

Yet in honor of Paul, who’s in charge of brevity in our house, I’ll try and keep it short. (something else I rarely do!)

As many of you know, Paul is incredibly funny. A gifted comedian and musician, he can get people rolling with laughter with a simple raise of his eyebrow. Not only that, he’s also an honest-to-goodness wordsmith, crafting clever and insightful turns of phrases with an ease that would leave most of us in the dust. When he hits the stage, it’s truly a one-of-a-kind “Paul Aldrich experience” you will never forget!

Yet He’s also the wisest “wise guy” I’ve ever met. He doesn’t lead with it, so not everyone knows – but God has truly given Him the wisdom of Solomon on a variety of subjects. He has a way of cutting to the chase and summing things up so simply and concisely, you find yourself shaking your head and thinking, “Well of course! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that myself.” Yet often he does. Not to mention his uncanny ability to make a quirky remark at just the right moment to get me laughing…when I feel like crying.

He’s also an incredible servant, and has supported me through many an illness, writing stretch, and season of ministry. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve woken up to a hot cup of tea, found a salad next to my computer as I worked, or been supported in ministry by his listening ear and wise advise. Yep. He’s a keeper!

Does the man have any faults, you may ask? Oh sure. He makes sarcastic comments at the oddest times (“really, babe, I’m not sure you’re supposed to joke about the pope”), watches every sport imaginable at every hour possible (“Can’t you TiVo the NBA games that go til midnight?”), and refuses to wear his glasses while cleaning (“hey honey, are you sure you cleaned the sink…there’s about an inch worth of hair from when you shaved last”). But those are hardly worth mentioning.

They’re just enough to remind me that the man is, in fact, human after all. 😀

So Paul, today on your special day of gifts, cards, and birthday wishes, allow me to quote back to you one of your own encouraging phrases…

Babe, YOU are the gift!

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1. LISTEN without interrupting
(Proverbs 1:8)

2. SPEAK without accusing
(James 1:19)

3. GIVE without sparing
(Proverbs 21:26)

4. PRAY without ceasing
(Colossians 1:9)

5. ANSWER without arguing
(Proverbs 17:1)

6. SHARE without pretending
(Ephesians 4:15)

7. ENJOY without complaint
(Philippians 2:14)

8. TRUST without wavering
(I Corinthians 13:7)

9. FORGIVE without punishing
(Colossians 3:13)

10. PROMISE without forgetting
(Proverbs 13:12)

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