When The Battle Feels Hard

My daughter, Abi, wrote this a few years back. This truth is a powerful, keep-you-going reminder— I felt alone. Sad, disheartened, fighting back tears-very much like an alien and stranger though surrounded by others my age as I sat in my Contemporary Moral Issues Philosophy class, at the University of Tennessee, listening to my classmatesContinue reading “When The Battle Feels Hard”

Be Refreshed in this—

I’ve watched him In the mornings for nearly twenty-five years. He opens his Bible. He bows his head and closes his eyes. I know my husband is praying for the Lord to speak to him. And this morning, as I read Psalms 1, the wisdom of this is not lost on me— “Blessed is theContinue reading “Be Refreshed in this—”

I see them. Do you?

You only have to spend a few minutes on Instagram, Facebook, or Tik Tok to see how badly, how desperately so many want to be seen. The praise of others is alluring, addicting and controlling. Experts are warning our mental health is being detrimentally affected. But there are others, I see them, and I especiallyContinue reading “I see them. Do you?”

Monday Morning Hope

Honestly when I take my eyes off Jesus, I get off base. When I look at this world, it’s the same. When I look to Jesus, it is there, and only there that my thinking becomes clear. There is only ONE hope for man. There is only One Name by which man may be saved.Continue reading “Monday Morning Hope”

I’m convinced of this…

We all want rest for our souls. But many are spinning, struggling, down and depressed. Jesus said, “Come to me when you labor and are heavy laden”(Matt 11:28) When.Not IF. And the thing is, it is possible to labor and not be heavy laden IF our labor is for the Lord. For when I knowContinue reading “I’m convinced of this…”

I sang loudly and it was glorious!

I’m not sure how it happened. For as far as I could see the beach was empty except for a tiny dot of a few people walking far ahead of me. I happily turned up my praise music as the wind blew and the waves rushed against my toes. Birds ran along the sand, andContinue reading “I sang loudly and it was glorious!”

If tomorrow never comes…

It’s 9/11.And we ought to all stop.And remember. Today, we should think about those who died —the heroes who ran in and those trapped, huddled in fear. It took five years to build the twin towers. It took 102 minutes from the first impact on the north tower for them both to fall. In 102Continue reading “If tomorrow never comes…”

Wrinkles, Nose Hairs and Jesus

Are you facing an overwhelming week? Are things bothering you more than you wish they were? God laid this on my heart a few years ago about how to battle these thoughts- Wrinkles, Nose Hairs and Jesus(God isn’t just the God of “He did” or “He is”. He is also the God of “He will”Continue reading “Wrinkles, Nose Hairs and Jesus”

Why I’m doing what I’m doing-my prayer right now

As I work to tediously compile things I’ve written before for a devotional book, I’ve asked myself why I’m doing what I’m doing. I do believe God has called me to do so, but the fact is, I simply believe God is what we need. Every day.We can’t let up.We can’t quit seeking Him.We can’tContinue reading “Why I’m doing what I’m doing-my prayer right now”

We can know God is faithful and still feel the hurt of our circumstances

Daniel 7 and 8- it’s hard to read. I slow down. I back up. I pull out commentaries. I see that many great theologians, like John Calvin and Martin Luther, have studied these words of prophecy and disagreed over their meaning. And here I am, still in pajamas this early morning, thinking this is really,Continue reading “We can know God is faithful and still feel the hurt of our circumstances”

Are you raising kids who will be able to stand in hard days?

This remains one of the most shared things I’ve ever written. In these hard days, I felt it important to share again. It’s hard truth, but there is HOPE! —- They are some of the most miserable people I know–young adults who haven’t really picked a side. They try to live in two worlds—the oneContinue reading “Are you raising kids who will be able to stand in hard days?”

The Most High Rules

It may not seem like it. You may not feel like it, as we watch political figures and celebrities on stages shaking their fists at the ways of God demanding they know best to rule. But the truth is, THE MOST HIGH rules!! Long ago, King Nebuchadnezzar told Daniel the words he had heard inContinue reading “The Most High Rules”

Remembering God’s Faithfulness

26 years ago …. It isn’t just the date on the calendar, but something about the feel, and the smell, of the late August Tennessee air that carries me back to that day. It’s other things, too, like the anticipation of the first Tennessee football game and the reminder of how much he always lookedContinue reading “Remembering God’s Faithfulness”

Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act. Keep telling it.

I’m sure you know them. I know them too. The few, the brave, the persecuted for the faith. Just yesterday, I talked with three friends working in three different Crisis Pregnancy Centers across the country. They are under attack by those who do not want the truth told about abortion or the hope of lifeContinue reading “Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act. Keep telling it.”

My heart is full and sad at the same time…

My heart is full and my heart is sad all at the same time. How this seems to be life of late. Just this week, I have rejoiced, truly happy-tears REJOICED, over the blessing of the marriage of two young people I absolutely adore. I’ve held in awe the newborn baby of two more I’veContinue reading “My heart is full and sad at the same time…”

Famous Tragic Endings and Silent Stories of Hope

August 16, 1977, I was sitting in a car with my mom when the news came over the radio—Elvis Presley had died. Forty-five years ago today and I still remember watching my mom being visibly upset. I was only eight but quickly became obsessed with this famous person who had died so tragically, so young.Continue reading “Famous Tragic Endings and Silent Stories of Hope”

Things Remembered & Things Forgotten

I’ve grown to love the smell of the woods and the peace of a babbling brook. I’ve also learned to love the laughter, thrills and squeals of riding UTVs through mud holes, and up mountains, and discovering the beauty of Tennessee’s backwoods. Recently, on one such adventure we came across a cemetery in the middleContinue reading “Things Remembered & Things Forgotten”

Questions to Ask Yourself When Trouble Comes

I woke up earlywith my troubles,and the troublesof those I love,so very much,on my mind. Again. My heart hurts. I know God teaches so much more in the hard times than He does in the “easy days”. But how do we go from knowing that to actually seeing God in the midst of the trial,Continue reading “Questions to Ask Yourself When Trouble Comes”

You Can Run Back

Desperate. They find the tomb empty.. Suddenly angels appear and remind the women of the words Jesus had said about his death and resurrection. The women run to tell the eleven, but the disciples didn’t believe them. But Peter. Peter rose and ran to the tomb. (Luke 24) Why Peter? We know from other partsContinue reading “You Can Run Back”