When It’s Dark

We grabbed our bag chairs out of the back of the truck and walked toward the trail. Rain was dripping from the trees and night was coming. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but for years we had heard about the mysterious, beautiful synchronous fireflies in our nearby Smoky Mountains. We walked a shortContinue reading “When It’s Dark”

55 Years. One Man. One Woman.

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones’ life for his friends.” John 15:13 Oswald Chamber explains, “Sacrifice is the Holy Spirits’ ultimate expression of love.” Marriage tends to have a way of teaching us this kind of sacrificial love. God sure knew what He was doing when HeContinue reading “55 Years. One Man. One Woman.”

Want to change this world?

We can want physical change, and social change, and all sorts of change, but if we don’t have a changed heart that runs to Jesus, none of that change matters. If our goal is to change the world for any cause other than Christ—political, social or physical, we are missing the mark and the changesContinue reading “Want to change this world?”

Engage. Speak Up.

I get it. I really do. There are times we all need to pull away from the news and this crazy world and be refreshed with truth and rest. However, it’s not okay to stick our heads in the sand and leave them there! The truth is, it’s not realistic nor is it helpful toContinue reading “Engage. Speak Up.”

This world is hard but we still have SUCH HOPE!

As I mentioned before, I come from a long line of professional worriers; and with the world as it is -moral decay, economic decline, rumors of food shortages, school shootings, international unrest, and a giant lack of leadership, it doesn’t take any of us very long to find something to worry about! But my eyesContinue reading “This world is hard but we still have SUCH HOPE!”

God Help Us

These photos were taken at real events, one called “Drag them to Pride” where transgendered persons danced on stages as young children were encouraged to stuff money in their underwear while signs flashed perverted messages that read it’s “not gonna lick itself”. Are you sickened? Is this not child abuse? How can we sit idlyContinue reading “God Help Us”

Chips, Salsa & a Picture of God.

I sat trying to restrain myself from the bowl of chips and salsa when it happened. She poked my arm and looked up at me proclaiming, “THIS is a picture of God.” She was only four then, and proudly held up her crayon drawing– a large squiggly face with two odd-shaped, bulging eyes. Speechless, forContinue reading “Chips, Salsa & a Picture of God.”

Beware. Pride Month.

As we come to what some individuals and corporations are celebrating as “Pride Month”, let’s be careful. Let’s be careful to walk in truth, as defined by the Bible. Let’s understand there is no “my truth” and “your truth.” Let’s understand the danger of the popular phrase -“I’m so happy you found your truth”. TheseContinue reading “Beware. Pride Month.”

I almost sent that text…

I almost sent that text.But I deleted it instead. The words I had rehearsed in my mind, didn’t roll off my tongue.I kept my mouth shut. God knows what I had in mind. He knows the old me who could compose a quick, insulting comeback and be proud of the wounding I would inflict. ButContinue reading “I almost sent that text…”

Where hope is still found…

I needed to read these words from the old preacher-teacher, Oswald Chambers, today (pictured with his daughter)– “Put Trust in God First. Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first. He trusted absolutelyContinue reading “Where hope is still found…”

Where is our country headed?

As we pause this Memorial Day to remember the courage of those who gave all for our country, many wonder if that kind of courage still exists. Where is our country headed? News alerts scroll across our screens — children are killed in another school shooting—senseless, tragic. All the while others are literally fighting forContinue reading “Where is our country headed?”

Do you ever feel NUMB in your faith?

I asked my daughter to share this. I think it is important to realize we all go through times like this in our faith but we don’t have to stay there— Numb. I’ve felt that way a lot lately. I’ve been a Christian for about 14 years now and I’ve been reading my Bible mostContinue reading “Do you ever feel NUMB in your faith?”

We got in a fight right after this pic was snapped….

About five minutes after I snapped this snuggly pic, we got into a fight. A fight. Yep. Us. You know the ones who just this week started premarriage counseling for a couple who have asked my husband to perform their wedding ceremony. Yes. Us. And, this fight will likely not be the last. Oh, ourContinue reading “We got in a fight right after this pic was snapped….”

Despite the world’s criticism-KEEP PRAYING!

We are all so very saddened by this world and the awful events of late. While Christians continue to pray, a lost and bitter world increasingly criticizes prayer. But we know God moves when His people pray. We know The Most High speaks. Daniel was praying fervently as the Lord, through Gabriel, explains the thingsContinue reading “Despite the world’s criticism-KEEP PRAYING!”

No matter what…keep going to the ROCK

I’ve watched him In the mornings for over twenty 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 “No matter what…keep going to the ROCK”

Know this about the SBC Scandal…

I know them. I see them. LOTS of them! Pastors who serve day in and day out with hearts that do not seek their own but the well-being of others (1 Cor 10:24). In these days of scandalous news involving the Southern Baptist Convention, let’s remember what does not make the news—the countless untold storiesContinue reading “Know this about the SBC Scandal…”

A Sad State of Affairs for the SBC…and what we can do.

It is hard for those of us who love the church to hear how very much some of our leaders have failed. This morning as I think of the SBC report, released yesterday, I am saddened. Once again, the enemy laughs, the lost world scoffs, and captives remain bound in chains while the church dealsContinue reading “A Sad State of Affairs for the SBC…and what we can do.”

There at the small church…

I’ve learned to keep my eye out for a steeple. It often peeks above a hill as I turn the corner and finally see the small church. Oh, the Lord has had me share in some big churches with parking lots like theme parks, but mostly it’s been the small churches where I’ve found myselfContinue reading “There at the small church…”

“Momma, you GRUMPY”

In the years after my first husband took his life, I began to heal. Good days were still coupled with days when I just wanted to cry. And sometimes a good, snot-making cry seemed to help. I tried to hide my tears from my boys, but sometimes their sweet little hugs would bring on moreContinue reading ““Momma, you GRUMPY””

Walking Forward with God even after Wrestling

Even after seeing amazing grace and incredible faithfulness by God, I’ve turned right around, and allowed myself to be filled with fear, imagining God might not carry me through the next thing. Have you? Such is the case, as Jacob is warned by God to leave the land of his father-in-law, taking his wives andContinue reading “Walking Forward with God even after Wrestling”