How to Connect with God in a Busy World

How to Connect with God in a Busy World

We live in a world where technology is at our fingertips. With a tap of a finger, we can find the answers to our problems, carried all in a small contraption that is never far from our grasp. It has erased boredom and filled it with empty games. Having something to do is no longer […]

Are You a Dreamer?

Are You a Dreamer?

Sunday afternoon, in an attempt to relax, I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a movie starring Ben Stiller. The main character, Mitty, is a day dreamer. To escape his ordinary life he allowed his imagination to take him on a climb up a snow covered mountain, rescue a beautiful woman and her dog […]

Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light

Stop lights. More often than not, they make me nutty. I can’t help it. I have somewhere to go, and those cotton-pickin’ lights slow down my process. One Saturday, I was driving to pick up my  husband from an appointment he was at, and I hit EVERY SINGLE LIGHT. I sat at the light (pick […]

The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom

Freedom. A blissful thought, but sometimes more elusive than we’d like to admit. I think that every human  is bound by many things—some unnamed and others less elusive—but I think we as women have different types of bonds. We can be bound by society and standards no woman could hope to achieve. This is prevalent […]

Still Thankful…Anyway

Still Thankful…Anyway

I HAVE A NO GOOD, NASTY, HORRIBLE, DRIPPY, YUCKY COLD!—and I thank Jesus for it. Sounds hypocritical, doesn’t it? Probably because it is. “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thess. 5:18) When I thank God for a week of sickness that I don’t enjoy […]

In My Weakness

In My Weakness

“But he said to me, ” My grace us sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake , I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in […]

Evidence

Evidence

My husband and I recently watched the movie, God’s Not Dead 2. It’s one of those movies that makes you think and ponder long after the final credits have rolled. One main thought has been…if I were on trial for my faith, how much evidence could be shown to support it? Would the scale be […]

Conflict, Refined, Fire Being Made New For God

Conflict, Refined, Fire Being Made New For God

Conflict. This one word can send hives all over our body. I don’t know about you, but I hate it at all cost. Okay, so maybe not always. It’s great in writing, just not in real life. I’m sure we’ve all heard, God won’t give us more than we can handle. Have you ever thought […]

Second Chances

Second Chances

A week or so ago I saw a post on an email loop I belong to about an underlying theme of her novels . . . forgiveness.  That made me think. I’ve never given a deep consideration to a theme for my writing. But the more I thought about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I […]

I’m Telling Daddy

I’m Telling Daddy

I remember my brother who is two years older than me picking on me when we were little, probably because I wanted to follow him around. He would shove me and tell me to get in the house when I was spying on him or pinch me when I got sassy. I always shouted, “I’m […]

Should We Look Back?

Should We Look Back?

This coming Sunday, I am heading back to the church I grew up in for Homecoming Sunday. They say it can be bad to look back, because we often don’t want to move forward the way we should. We can camp out in the good ol’ days and say things like: We did fine doing […]

The Freedom of Transparency

The Freedom of Transparency

The past few years I’ve had a lot more opportunities to share God’s love in public settings…to a lot of people at once…from a stage. As a believer, you might assume that’s a good thing. It probably should be, except for one thing—it’s way out of my comfort zone. As a matter of fact, if […]

When You Don’t Know How To Face the Day

When You Don’t Know How To Face the Day

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11) I was overwhelmed with sorrow. Someone I loved was facing terminal illness, and my heart was weighed down with the reality of pending loss. I wanted to crawl into a […]

Expectations

Expectations

Expectations Recently, my Coastie son moved to his first station. It’s across the country from where I live. Literally on the opposite end of the country. He can see Canada on a cloudy day. I can’t exactly see Mexico even on a clear day, but I’m a lot closer geographically to the Rio Grande than […]

Avenues of God’s Love

Avenues of God’s Love

I grew up in a family who went to church. Mom, Dad, and four kids. My parents made sure I learned Christian doctrines. I earned pins for Sunday School attendance. I believed in Jesus as the Savior of the world. And yet. Something was missing. An indefinable empty space.   The rebellious streak in me […]

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

Sometimes They Only Want You to Listen

“I’m cold,” I told my husband. A “fixer,” he immediately rose from his comfortable recliner and turned up the heat. “I could have done that,” I said. “I just wanted you to know how I felt.”  Too often, we approach our suffering Christian friends in much the same manner. We seek the quick fix. Instead […]

Recipe for Joy

Recipe for Joy

I love looking at recipes. Imagining the flavors that can be produced through a dozen or so ingredients and a little time spent in the kitchen can be stimulating. Five minutes on Pinterest and I can have a month’s worth of meals pinned to my “food is a gift” board. Oh, and desserts! Don’t even […]

More About Jesus

More About Jesus

This song title came to me recently, and I believe I’ve had too many frustrations because I don’t know more about Jesus. This line of thought hit even harder when I read Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. In one scene the character, Much Afraid, has looked, “into the abyss of horror, into […]