Straw Into Gold

Straw Into Gold

  Remember the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin by the Brothers Grimm? Rumpelstiltskin was an evil little man who had the distinct talent of spinning straw into gold. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had the ability to turn cheap, common straw into gold? We’d all be rich. No one would have to work. We could […]

From Here to There and In-between

From Here to There and In-between

A few months ago, my husband and I decided we were simply too far away from our children and grandchildren. We put the house on the market, and it sold within twenty-four hours. And so, a whirlwind of activity has transpired to get ready for our big move in a few days’ time. We liked […]

The End of the Rope

The End of the Rope

When my husband and I lost our son, Joshua, to suicide, we searched scriptures to answer the questions created by Joshua’s death. Attending church services was no longer enough to sustain us each week. We had come to the end of our rope. This was where our faith in Jesus, such as it was at […]

Shaped on the Anvil

Shaped on the Anvil

Several of my ancestral grandfathers were blacksmiths. That job seemed to be a skill or an art, if you will, passed down from generation to generation.  Many years ago, the black- smith was an essential member of the community. His skill, fire, hammer and anvil forged tools needed to survive more easily.  Of course, with […]

The Lean Days

The Lean Days

January. A new year. As much as I appreciate the chance to begin again, I have not always looked forward to these first months of the year. In recent history, they have been lean days for our family, a time when the work hours reduce and the money stretches but not quite far enough and […]

A Wise Woman

A Wise Woman

“A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1) As a woman in my home, I have the ability to build it up or tear it down…with my own hands. The actions I take, the words I speak and the tone that I set in […]

The People Who Can’t Accept Your Forgiveness

The People Who Can’t Accept Your Forgiveness

Have you ever had someone you forgave just not seem to accept your forgiveness? Forgiveness is such an awesome concept that I don’t think many of us really understand it or accept it as much as we should. It’s one of the things that, as a relationships writer, I get asked about a lot. I’ve […]

Quiet Times in a Noisy World

Quiet Times in a Noisy World

I read an interesting statement in Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest this week: “Quiet days with God may be a snare.” I had to read it over and ponder this a bit. Out of context, it makes no sense. Wouldn’t quiet days spent in prayer and worship be a good thing? Shouldn’t we […]

Dropping the Trash

Dropping the Trash

I don’t have to haul my trash to the curb like some folks do. Where I live, the city has strategically placed dumpsters in alleys and behind businesses. Since I live outside the city limit on a county highway, I’m not near an alley. I haul my trash to town and drop it in any […]

Meditation for the New Year

Meditation for the New Year

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)  Meditation for the New Year: …Don’t give up because you are not seeing the fruits of your labor. …Do not get tired or grow weary of doing good deeds because others do […]

Let Go and Give God Control

Let Go and Give God Control

I love the message in Carrie Underwood’s popular song, Jesus Take the Wheel. The lyrics are a potent reminder that we are totally dependent on God’s grace and mercy. Often we like to fool ourselves into thinking we’ve got our lives under control, when in reality, one twist of events or tragic incident can turn our lives upside […]

Proactive Living

Proactive Living

Looking back, I realize how unintentional many of my choices have been.  I thought that my options in life were limited to, “yes, I’ll do this” or “no, I don’t want to do this”.   There were times when I didn’t consider the third option, “what’s ahead for me if I do or don’t do […]

Goals Versus Resolutions

Goals Versus Resolutions

This is the time of year when we hear about making New Year’s resolutions. We all need to improve and overcome things in our lives that we feel are bringing us down but the word resolution has no power to it. A goal has a target while a resolution is just a hopeful change that […]

Taking Risks by Trusting Others

Taking Risks by Trusting Others

When it comes to a big production, how much are we willing to risk? We started planning for our Christmas Ever service way back in July. By September we had a first draft of the script. An entire team of writers, actors, musicians and technical people was involved in fine-tuning the ideas, envisioning the staging, […]

The Hard Times Have a Purpose

The Hard Times Have a Purpose

I’ve been putting my writing and art “out there,” into the world online for over a decade now. And while I get lots of wonderful comments, I also get some “haters.” Not just negative people, but people that attack me for my beliefs, my looks, my work… whatever they can find. It’s never easy when […]

My 2017 Word: Connect

My 2017 Word: Connect

It’s that time of year again. Time to decide how you want the new year to be. How you want to be in the new year. It’s a time for contemplation and reflection. For me, it’s a time to choose a word to focus on. It’s a word I want to aspire to. A word that will […]

What Having Faith Means

What Having Faith Means

I was so excited to celebrate all the firsts with my husband, Cam, and newborn daughter, Lily. While I was pregnant, I would imagine our first day home together, our first Halloween, (I already even had an idea for her costume!)  But more than anything, I was looking forward to our first Christmas as a […]

To Live Is Christ

To Live Is Christ

I gave my life to Christ on March 18, 1990. My life changed dramatically. I was no longer the girl who wanted to live in a black painted bedroom, introverted, withdrawn. Christ changed my life. I did a complete 180! My mom, who is not a believer, bought me a Bible. It was King James. But […]