March 1st, 2011

It’s been quite a winter for most of us. Ours has been very dry in the Panhandle of Texas. Winds between 50 mph and 70mph fanned fires in the area on Sunday that burned an estimated 30,000 acres and 53 homes were lost. We are praying for rain but the high plains is a tinder box. High wind warnings again today again. Hopefully, no fires. For me, we live in Amarillo, but have many friends in the surrounding area at risk, I pray for their safety and that of others.

The old saying is if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb. I’m definitely looking forward to some weather that could be considered a lamb.

If you’ve spent a lot of time inside because of weather over the winter months, then let me know what you’ve been reading or writing. We’d love to hear from you. It helps keep our list of books to read growing.

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Off to the Mountains of New Mexico

I’ll be leaving later this week for a Christian Women’s Retreat at El Porvenir, New Mexico. I love the Sangre de Cristo mountains. I’ve camped in them and visited there most of my life. In many ways, it’s like going home. We live about 4 hours from the mountains in the middle of the Texas Panhandle. I’ll be speaking in a workshop about overcoming our pasts so that we can live more joyfully.

There is a lot going on in our world these days and we often get caught up in economic problems, concerns about our environment and if we will be able to pay our bills and take care of our families. We dwell on past mistakes and carry around the baggage from those times in our “backpacks.” It’s like carrying rocks around. They weigh you down and don’t give you any benefits. I love to work with people and speak with them about ways to overcome those things in our past that only weigh us down and don’t benefit us.