Marie Wells Coutu


Simple pleasures
Fulfilled expectations can be delightful, but sometimes the unexpected surprises bring simple pleasure. I wrote recently about expectations, such as hanging a hummingbird feeder and expecting visitors to come to it. A few days later, a female actually showed up, and we were delighted. She’s been back several times since. […]

Simple Pleasures


Expecting hummingbirds
We all have expectations. Some are for big accomplishments, some for little things. For instance, we just hung our hummingbird feeder out for this season. Now we expect hummingbirds to visit. Never mind that only a few came to our feeders last year. This year, we have great expectations that […]

Not-so-great Expectations



What do those stones mean to you?
Memories are funny things. Some are wonderful, while others are so horrid we’d rather forget them, but can’t. A smell, a tune, or a taste can trigger a memory. Sometimes we remember an incident so insignificant, we don’t even know why it came to mind. Then there are the “memories” […]

Memories


Nothing ever occurs to God.
“Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God?” Our pastor threw out that little nugget as a side comment in a sermon on faith, and it stuck with me. There are no surprises for God. He’s not sitting around thinking, and then gets a brainstorm: “Hey, […]

No Surprises



Broken eggshells
Easter Monday. Leftover candy, remnants of fake grass, and perhaps hidden eggs never found. What are we to do when the celebration is over? Clean up the mess and go on as if it never happened? That’s not what the disciples did, and we shouldn’t either. If Resurrection Sunday means […]

The Days After Easter


As Holy Week begins, it seems fitting to be reminded of the significance of the cross. I heard that some hymnals have removed all the songs that refer to the cross or to the blood of Jesus. If that’s true (and I have no proof that it is), they would […]

The Cross Is Enough



Are you justified in being disappointed in these situations? It's date night. Your husband is supposed to take you out to dinner. Only he doesn't know. It's your idea, but you didn't tell him. So he never actually said he would take you to dinner tonight. But still, you're disappointed with him. Perhaps even angry.

When We’re Disappointed


Put on compassion
The family had just moved to the Kentucky town where I grew up. They didn’t know anyone, and they didn’t have much money. Feeding and clothing the children took priority for the husband’s measly paycheck. So the wife wore pants to church because she did not have a dress to her […]

She Wore Pants to Church



I will bless the Lord at all times.
Daylight Saving Time is back. There’s been the usual haters and lovers, of course. Some people don’t like losing an hour of sleep, while others love the extra hour of daylight each evening. I just want to know, where does the time go? What happened to that “extra hour” we […]

Time to Stop Fussing


Spring training baseball
Baseball is back. Spring training has begun and once again we can enjoy the sunshine, warm breezes, and fresh air while the “boys of summer” play their games. Some people find baseball boring, while others love the strategy and the thrill of seeing a home run or an amazing play that […]

Put Your Heart Into It