All You Need Is…

All You Need Is…

I write and speak about my journey from bitterness to joy and abundant life, and encourage others that they too can break free from these sinful habits. One step in that process is to replace the bitterness with love. The people we were harboring bitterness against now become objects of our love. How is this […]

As a Christian…

As a Christian…

It started with an email. She said she had picked up my business card from an art exhibit I had done a while back, and wanted to “talk to me about my needs” for financial planning. A sales email. But it ended in a way that has begun to bother me. It said, “As a […]

Obedience At All Costs

Obedience At All Costs

“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice.” 1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)  Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to […]

Townhouse Blues

Townhouse Blues

There was a great deal to like about the townhouse. We loved the loft feeling as we leaned over the rail at the top of the steps to talk to one another, acting a little like Southern gentry. We loved the spacious downstairs area that served both as a dining room and a living room. […]

Find Where You Will Be Celebrated

Find Where You Will Be Celebrated

If people refuse to accept all of you, don’t give them a part of you in exchange. That’s compromise. Instead, take all of your love and all of your experience and all of your beauty, along with the fullness of your unique voice, and find the “warmth of other suns” to quote Richard Wright. The […]

Failure Is Not An Option

Failure Is Not An Option

Another failed business venture stared me in the face. Throughout the years, my husband and I have tried various multi-level marketing trends to make extra money. None ever made us rich and I let feelings of failure loom over me telling me nothing would ever work out. My last venture I tried had been with […]

Comfort In Times of Tragedy

Comfort In Times of Tragedy

Sometimes in life, things happen that don’t make sense. One such event is the recent tragedy in Las Vegas. Based on initial reports, no one, not even the perpetrator’s family can fathom why he would lock himself in a luxury hotel room and open fire on a group of unsuspecting concert goers. This latest tragedy […]

Patience, Experience, Hope

Patience, Experience, Hope

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” – Romans 5:3-5 KJV Must of us do not […]

A Bitter Wife Who Can Find?

A Bitter Wife Who Can Find?

I have a love/hate relationship with Proverbs 31. You know that passage, the one that describes the perfect wife. At times I find it encouraging and other times it seems like a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream, utterly unattainable to us mere mortals. 😉 Verses 10-12 say: A wife of noble character who can find?     She is worth far […]

Watching from the Sidelines

Watching from the Sidelines

One time a friend told me, “Most people stand on on the sidelines watching what happens to other people.” I assumed she meant people in the news. Then she added, “You’re one of those most of us watch.” My husband and I endured a stretch of time when we lost both of our fathers, a […]

Satisfaction

Satisfaction

Watermelon on a hot day. Clean sheets or a fluffy pillow. Laughter. What do these things have in common? They can all leave us feeling satisfied. However, that feeling of satisfaction is temporary and leaves us wanting more of it or something else that is fleeting and temporary. God created this world with all the […]

Rejoice in Our Afflictions

Rejoice in Our Afflictions

And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4 HCSB When’s the last time you’ve been met with a difficult situation? Chances are you’re either in the middle of one or perhaps you’ll be facing […]

Shining in Dark Places

Shining in Dark Places

Do you ever get a bit down due to the darkness in our world? Yep, I’m with you. Recently I transferred in my school system. I went from working with Pre-K students to interpreting for a hard of hearing student at the high school. There were enough sad stories associated with my four-and-five-year-olds to keep […]

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 Imagine with me the scene that day. A woman has been caught in the act of adultery. In biblical times, it’s a crime punishable […]

Can God Repeat History With a Twist?

Can God Repeat History With a Twist?

I’ve kept up with the weather reports of monsterous hurricane Irma. A fellow Christian said the eye of Irma even looks evil. As I write this, my real-time weather map shows winds up to 130 mph at the coast of Florida. All appears evil. Some may perish. Homes will be destroyed. But, as I learned […]

Mapping Your Journey

Mapping Your Journey

                           Mapping Your Journey              At church, we have been looking at the life of Moses, in a series of impactful sermons called Mapping Your Journey. While Moses’ past included roots of a blessed covenant with God, life for his people was drenched […]

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

I love that God infused the change of seasons within creation. Each season has a beauty all its own. Yet each also has its down side. Spring holds the beauty of new growth, yet harbors the threat of storms and severe weather. Summer supplies ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, yet wields an abundance of […]

5 Unforgettable Hours

5 Unforgettable Hours

I just said goodbye to someone.  We knew for a few days that he was at death’s door.  I’ve lived long enough to know that there are times when death is harsh and ugly.  I’ve also experienced times when I’ve felt the Holy Spirit’s presence in the circumstances and He makes it a special time […]