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lakeside lessons · 1M ago

Opportunity Lost

Rounding the corner, I saw the sea of yellow out of the corner of my eye.As I banked the next turn in the road a tad faster than the posted 40 mph, I thought, "Wow! What an awesome picture t...
lakeside lessons · 1M ago

Message Received

I didn't think much of the email I got Tuesday night. It happened many times before: a volunteer had a conflict and wouldn't be able to make her shift in the food pantry the following day.I ...
lakeside lessons · 5M ago

Back to the Bench

It all started right here.Ten years ago - it seems hard to believe it's been a decade - my heart was heavy. Almost inconsolable.Then I began what I called Lakeside Services.On this very benc...
lakeside lessons · 5M ago

Adventures in Community Outreach - Cares Day

Three years ago I stepped down from a volunteer position running a ministry I loved, in order to take on a full-time ministry manager position at another local church. It was like leaving a ...
lakeside lessons · 5M ago

Flood and Fire

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames w...
lakeside lessons · 8M ago

Life's Like That

From my fireside vantage point yesterday, I watched the snow blow sideways. The wind whipped the tiny flakes into a fury, creating a visually impenetrable wall of white.My mind flashed back ...
lakeside lessons · 9M ago

Oh Where is My Hairbrush?!

The messages from the motel came in for days on end.Each lasted several minutes."I need more food.""I need a blanket,""I need clothes,""I need a hair brush."No mention of the magic word "ple...
lakeside lessons · 9M ago

Confessions of a Fixer

I'm a fixer. I want to make everything better.  I want everyone to be happy. Unfortunately, that's just not possible.Sometimes I just have to admit things are out of my control. Sometimes I ...
lakeside lessons · 9M ago

Lessons from an Orchid

I was proud I'd kept the orchid given to me as a birthday gift alive for more than two years.It was quite a feat since I have a "black thumb". I have killed hearty cacti, and now I was respo...
lakeside lessons · 10M ago

The Best Gift Ever

Her request was simple."If you ever have an extra one of those, could I have it?"She stopped rubbing her thin arms against the cold long enough to point toward the hand-held can opener on th...