Church Basements. Holy Places.

They are holy places.Church basements. As I walked down the stairs, my shoes clicked on the cold concrete floors, and I ran my fingers on the painted concrete block walls. This wasn’t the church I had grown up in, but it sure reminded me of, when as a child, I had clicked my patent leatherContinue reading “Church Basements. Holy Places.”

“You look like sisters”

I’m flat out happier because I know them. I was with one of them last night when someone remarked, “You two look like sisters.” I responded, “Well, we’ve grown up together these last twenty-five years.” And we have. Though we aren’t related genetically by blood, we are deeply connected by the blood of the Lamb;Continue reading ““You look like sisters””

You don’t need a title when you have a calling!

Her presence filled the room like royalty. She held the mop like a queen’s scepter as she prepared to clean the hospital restroom. I immediately noticed her dazzling smile as our eyes met and something in me told me she was a daughter of the King. (Have you ever wondered if God has given usContinue reading “You don’t need a title when you have a calling!”

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?”

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”

What Younger Women Want From Us Older Ones

Mabel (our Lhasa Apso grand dog) sat in my lap on our screen porch watching our older dog Macy simply relax as the thunderstorm rolled by. She looked at Macy, she looked at me, then she laid her little head down as if she had reasoned that if Macy were okay, she was too. AndContinue reading “What Younger Women Want From Us Older Ones”

How do we “take heart” in this hard world?

Clearly there are lots of things to concern us about this world we are living in. The latest opinion polls show everyone, in just about every demographic, seems to be stressed about the political and economic climate. Stressed. And for Christ followers, this anti-biblical culture is greatly adding to our concerns-especially for our kids andContinue reading “How do we “take heart” in this hard world?”

Many of us are grieving…

This morning, I’m thinking back to words my sister-in-law said to me late last year as we prepared for a baby shower. They are increasingly true. Before all the guests arrived, Shauna, who is a prayer warrior and dear friend to me, talked about all that is going on in our world. She said somethingContinue reading “Many of us are grieving…”

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!”

Even the faithful feel hopeless sometimes.

We don’t talk openly about it very often. It’s usually a whispered discussion if we say anything at all . But this thought occurs for many of us, sometime over our lifetimes. Those who are of the faith, sometimes feel hopeless. Sometimes,circumstances,are so very bad,we even despair of life. We don’t think we can goContinue reading “Even the faithful feel hopeless sometimes.”

I feel so inadequate to tell anyone they need Jesus…

I prayed with a young woman last night who is walking an incredibly hard road. I was astounded by her lack of bitterness and her pure heart. I couldn’t help thinking how I wish my faith had been that strong when I was her age. The fruit of the spirit seems so very apparent inContinue reading “I feel so inadequate to tell anyone they need Jesus…”

Is this on your list for the New Year?

It’s a hard and holy thing. It’s still on my list as I think about goals for this new year. I think it may always be. To die to self. For many, who walk with Jesus, it’s a slow thing as we learn little by little, year after year, to die more to things thatContinue reading “Is this on your list for the New Year?”

Don’t be a LONE RANGER!

I just need a Timothy sometimes.Paul did. (Phil 2:19) I love that God gives us a peek into Paul’s need to be encouraged. You know it’s okay, it’s even God-ordained for us to give and receive encouragement from others? God tells us to continue to meet together and to encourage one another (Heb 10:25). HeContinue reading “Don’t be a LONE RANGER!”

Will God really sustain us to the end?

God will sustain us to the end (1 Cor 1:8, ESV). And even after reading those words, the “buts” and the “what-ifs” begin to assault my mind. Even after years of Bible studies and church attendance, my mind, can imagine circumstances so hard, it feels like God would stop sustaining me. But the truth is,Continue reading “Will God really sustain us to the end?”

Our young people are increasingly discouraged

I’ve sat here trying to think of a different word to use. I don’t want to say I’m “worried” about our young people, because if I do, someone will comment with the verse about not worrying. And if they did, that would be good, because many who follow this page are still not reluctant toContinue reading “Our young people are increasingly discouraged”