I sat glued watching the Hurricane, and this struck me—

I sat glued to the coverage of the hurricane coming onshore in Florida. Wind whipped. Trees snapped. Rain pummeled. Transformers exploded. The storms pulled back the ocean like a curtain eerily revealing the coast normally covered by water. Newscasters warned walls of waters would soon be pushed back, bringing historic flooding. So many will sufferContinue reading “I sat glued watching the Hurricane, and this struck me—”

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?”

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”

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”

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…”

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”

Shelter ❤️

FrustratedDesperateConfusedPanickedAngryFearfulDoubtingWearyDiscouragedBroken-heartedTroubledImpatientFalsely-AccusedWorriedPersecutedBetrayedLonelySad Just a few of the emotions the writers of the Psalms had as they cried out to God. Why do we hold back? Why do we feel we must only come to God with “pretty prayers”? This is not Biblical. Running to God with our struggles and unkempt emotions is what God shows usContinue reading “Shelter ❤️”

When the storms come…

The thunder pounded. The whole house shook and lightning danced across the sky. I love it. I love storms as they remind me of the awesome power of God—the greatness of the Lord God Almighty. I feel small as I watch the heavens pour forth rain and the wind churn the Tennessee River by myContinue reading “When the storms come…”

Is it worth it?

If I’m honest, some days I wonder if the hard days are worth it. I’ve uttered, more than once, when the trouble around me feels deep, “Oh Lord, won’t you just come on and get us?” But then, as He does so often, at just the right time, right when I need it, God willContinue reading “Is it worth it?”

Why are so many young adults walking away?

Many young adults are walking away from the church–deciding the world has so much more to offer. Why? Why are so many young adults deciding Jesus really isn’t for them? Perhaps they are willing to “sell Him so cheaply” because they also bought into Him so cheaply. Have we failed a generation by entertaining themContinue reading “Why are so many young adults walking away?”

When you don’t have the perfect picture

We are a people desperate to be reminded of the hope we have. Our flesh forgets. Our souls become downcast. Our eyes forget to look beyond the here and now. We struggle to remember God can make a way when our limited imaginations can’t fathom any possible way. And we, who possess eternal hope, spiralContinue reading “When you don’t have the perfect picture”

The world is hard. The Bible is God-breathed to help us.

Even when Jesus walked the earth, there were those who pretended to be righteous. They wanted to deliver Him to the power and authority of the governor. They wanted to catch Him in something so the government could contain, control, and ultimately condemn Him. But He perceived their craftiness (Luke 20:23). And so should we!Continue reading “The world is hard. The Bible is God-breathed to help us.”

Fear’s great lie…

Fear is a liar. But what is fear’s great lie? —That God really won’t be enough for me. But God says, “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. (Isa 41:10)Continue reading “Fear’s great lie…”

When the hard things pile up…

Sometimes, the hard things pile up, and we can feel like Job. Even those who don’t read the Bible know about the tragedies of Job. In the midst of it all, the Bible tells us, Job walked forward, but could not see God. He looked backward, but could not perceive Him. (Job 23:8) Where wasContinue reading “When the hard things pile up…”

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”

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!”