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”

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?”

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…”

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”

It’s exhausting, but keep going!

Paul described parenting his spiritual children as “again being in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19) What a description of Christ-centered parenting and discipleship. It is wrestling, anguish, and frustration. It is asking the Lord to help you know when to speak and when to be quiet. It’s fightingContinue reading “It’s exhausting, but keep going!”

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.”

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…”

Have you ever comforted yourself with these thoughts?

I wonder, have you ever comforted yourself by wishing harm on someone who has harmed you? You know, have you ever lay in bed plotting how you’d get them back? In Genesis 27, Esau is enraged over the deception involving the blessing and birthright, and Rebekah tells Jacob, “Surely your brother comforts himself concerning youContinue reading “Have you ever comforted yourself with these thoughts?”

Jesus is Risen!

The ground shook.The angel appeared.The stone rolled away.The soldiers fell like dead men.The grave empty.Death defeated!The Way Made!Victory complete. JESUS IS RISEN! “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”. John 20:6 Oh, believer, you may not have seen the resurrection with your human eyes, but you know it is all true.Continue reading “Jesus is Risen!”

Are we approaching the End of Days with a missing America?

It’s easy to shake our head at all that is going on with our country. Honestly, I wonder if we are about to lose this great nation. Are we approaching the End of Days where America seems to be missing, or at least, irrelevant? How long will God have mercy on us? How long willContinue reading “Are we approaching the End of Days with a missing America?”

One of the most shared things I’ve ever written—

This remains one of the most shared things I’ve ever written. 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 one they rule and the one where Jesus makes the rules. TheyContinue reading “One of the most shared things I’ve ever written—”

Holy Last Words of HOPE!

It’s easy to sit here on my couch, coffee in hand, read these words in Second Timothy from my pretty Bible, and miss the profound depth of them. These are hard-lived, holy last words from a dying brother who is full of strength and joy. It should cause us to pause. The world around PaulContinue reading “Holy Last Words of HOPE!”

REAL change and our role

When Paul wrote his letter to Timothy, there were estimated to be 60 million slaves in the Roman Empire. Slavery was sanctioned by the culture and the government. I find it curious, and convicting, that in the face of this injustice, Paul gives instructions for slaves to honor their masters so that the name ofContinue reading “REAL change and our role”

Let’s do this!

Guard this.Hold tight to this.Do this. And especially now when others are falling away from the faith. I’ve seen it and it’s disheartening—those I’ve counted as good teachers of the Word, those I’ve thought to be mature believers, turning away from truth, and walking in the ways of the world. The Apostle Paul saw itContinue reading “Let’s do this!”

Greatest Delight 💕

I’m not sure, if much else delights my soul more than to watch my children make the choice to stand with God during their hard days. I’m reminded of that today as I read First Thessalonians 2:19-3:8. Nothing seemed to excite the Apostle Paul more than to see believers, he had helped bring to theContinue reading “Greatest Delight 💕”