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?”

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…”

And they need Jesus…

This world does not look as it did only a few years ago ago. What is wrong has become much more acceptable and even celebrated. But you know, every person we encounter, those who believe differently than us, those who so flagrantly and increasingly fight for things we know are biblically wrong, still, were madeContinue reading “And they need Jesus…”

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!”

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.”

A Strange Peace. Keep loving them…

Entering Jerusalem, the Savior wept. Not for the Cross He would face, but for the people. I wonder if tears filled His eyes as He heard the laughter of children playing, laughter that soon would be silenced as Jerusalem would be laid siege. The people who had rejected Him would face judgment. Judgment would comeContinue reading “A Strange Peace. Keep loving them…”

Bad News for the Lukewarm

Things are weird. Hard. Confrontation. Chaos. Uncertainty. Are we approaching a time where we must pick a side? It has been easy for Christians to love America for so long because, in the past, she has loved the things of God. However, more and more, our nation has been changing—drifting, sometimes running 100 mph, awayContinue reading “Bad News for the Lukewarm”

The thing is…I trust God more than me.

I’m sad. I just read a post by a woman who used to work at my children’s Christian school. Their CHRISTIAN school. This woman was gushingly celebrating her lesbian couple friends, saying she’s “never witnessed a love like theirs” and characterized their relationship as a “kind of holiness”. This woman has heard truth, but sheContinue reading “The thing is…I trust God more than me.”

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.”

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…”

How about this on your CHRISTIAN t-shirt?

Hard words. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bumper sticker or Christian T-shirt that read, “Jesus came to send fire on the earth” or “Jesus came to bring division”. No. We like unity. We like peace. Those T-shirts sell. Those messages grow crowds. So what do we do when we bump into Luke 12:49-53?Continue reading “How about this on your CHRISTIAN t-shirt?”

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…”

Who is safe in these scary days?

Breaking news scrolls across the TV screen- Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, says there is credible evidence of war crimes in Ukraine. The White House is now said to be considering a ban on Russian oil imports. Putin has been threatening the use of nuclear weapons if backed into a corner. These are sad andContinue reading “Who is safe in these scary days?”

He’s just a normal guy. Well, kind of….

He’s just a normal guy.Kind of. He doesn’t have a seminary degree. He isn’t getting a paycheck from the church. He works really hard at his “real” job. He just loves God.He loves his family.He loves people, and he wants them to find the hope he found in Jesus. He serves in the small church.Continue reading “He’s just a normal guy. Well, kind of….”

Do you feel a sense of urgency in this scary world?

Do you feel a sense of urgency? For years I’ve hoped the words I’ve shared would draw others to love and trust Jesus more. I’ve put them out there, and I’ve prayed that those who don’t know Him, would somehow see Him in what He has led me to write and speak. But lately, I’veContinue reading “Do you feel a sense of urgency in this scary world?”

Thoughts on why many walk away from the faith

Many of us have seen our own sin, we’ve been sick of it, repented, and marveled at a Savior who knew every ugly, horrible, secret thing we have ever done and still loved us enough to die for us. What great love that took! Many of us get this about the time we have kidsContinue reading “Thoughts on why many walk away from the faith”