Day 5: Dear Doctor

*Thanks to my friend Henry Petty for serving as Day 5's writer during my Dear Gratitude project!* Some will write letters about being thankful for parents, loved ones, moms, dads, clergy, what have you.  My letter of thanks is not to those types of people; this is a letter of thanks to the healthcare providers... Continue Reading →

You can go your own way

My boyfriend in college once told me that I reminded him of the female character in a Celtic song who was forever "chasing cannonballs." He was right. I have been notorious for stubbornly making my own decisions. I often refer to this tendency as my "God versus Bethany" struggle. For years, mostly due to some... Continue Reading →

We plan. God laughs.

Our plans for the entire weekend fell apart. A workshop I planned on hosting had to be rescheduled due to dangerous weather conditions. I felt so disappointed. I'd been looking forward to the chance to see old friends and benefit from the shared experience, strength, and hope during the workshop. I was elated that my... Continue Reading →

Things never change

Gratitude rarely actually changes things. Not in my life, anyway. Things stay the same. Circumstances come and go, as all circumstances do. My family members who irk me continue to irk me. The one who never says "I love you" may never say "I love you." My sisters will probably never agree with my lifestyle... Continue Reading →

A cup of water

Today, one of my best friends drove two hours to visit me for the second time since my baby was born. I consider her to be my "soul sister" because of the parallel spiritual paths we trod. As the mother of four children, taking an entire day to visit me, including the driving time, is... Continue Reading →

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