Entries by Leah Stirewalt


I Choose… do you?  By Leah Gillen-Stirewalt I heard a comic once say that it’s not people who kill the squirrel as it scurries across the street in front of a car, only to suddenly make a faulty decision to reverse and go the other way. Suddenly, it chooses to reverse again, turning right back […]

That’s Not What I Meant!

Some of the strangest things happen to me. I often think I must have a flashing sign over my head saying, “Pick me! Pick me!” One day, while standing in line at Walmart, a teenage girl walked up to me and said, “Please hold me. I think I’m going to faint.” And she did. I […]

The Blessing Box

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…”  Psalm 103:2 (ESV) Over a decade ago, I survived a pretty significant tragedy in my life. While it was, without a doubt, the hardest thing I had been through to date. It was also the most liberating in terms of my walk with the Lord. […]

I Became That Girl

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. ~Romans 8:1 (ESV) Growing up, I was quite shy. I was the friend other parents didn’t mind their children having around. I kept my room clean and seldom got into trouble. I had friends from all circles – poor, rich, popular, geeky […]

Hurting People Hurt People

I never noticed her come through door of the doctor’s office waiting room where I sat. It was when she wheeled right up to me on her motorized scooter that my attention was captured. I’ll never forget the first words out of her mouth. “What’s your handicap?” “Excuse me?” I questioned with a puzzled look. “What’s […]

My One Word

I often find myself in this place year-after-year. As one year ends and another year begins, an entire 12-month calendar of promise lies in front of me. What will be better this year? What goal will I finally achieve? What will I be celebrating this time next year? Without fail, I might succeed at reaching some of […]

(A Twist on) Memory Lane

(If you think this story is just about revisiting a home from my childhood and reflecting on significant happenings in that house, think again and read on). On our way home from a Florida vacation recently, we drove through the city of Jacksonville. I’ve been through that “town” many a time…actually lived there for a whole […]

Taking off the Mask

I’ve been a blogger for a long time, and I had a friend say something very bold to me once that I’ll never forget, “Cut the fake…give us the real Leah. Tell us how you REALLY feel!” After being  briefly taken aback at her response, I gave her my reply. “They don’t want to see […]