Thinking About Eternity

Thinking About Eternity

Today I will conclude my discussion on life after death. When we depart this physical earth – our family, friends, social clubs, church associations, volunteerism – That’s when life will truly begin for us. SHOULDN’T WE THEN BE THINKING ABOUT ETERNITY?   Should we not be deciding if we want to spend eternity   in […]

Enlarge My Coast

Enlarge My Coast

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 Many years ago, the […]

Ahh, Massage

Ahh, Massage

My husband and I lounge on the sofa, watching television, enjoying together time. He massages my feet. Do I jerk away and say, “Don’t do that?” Not on your life! After supper at the end of a long work day, I offer my husband a back rub. Does he turn me down? No way! My […]

Morning Will Come

Morning Will Come

Many of my worst experiences in life have occurred at night-time. It’s as though the physical darkness of the world in that moment lent its hand to the darkness I was either experiencing or feeling. I can still get shivers down my spine when I think of those nights of darkness. Night can be beautiful […]

God Is Not Finished With You Yet

God Is Not Finished With You Yet

Everything is working for your good because you belong to CHRIST JESUS. Don’t let the impasse, road block, or struggle cause you to give up. God, who began a good work in you will continue to work in you until you are transformed into his likeness – When others will see Jesus in you. “And […]

Searching for Sea Glass

Searching for Sea Glass

I stood bare-footed on the beach, gazing at the smooth line where teal water met brilliant blue sky. Lord, what an incredible world you created. The rhythm of waves created a soundtrack for this moment of worship. Each lap ushered in a fresh display of shells. Some stayed, some drifted back with the retreating wave. The ever-changing […]

A Righteous Man Won’t Stay Down

A Righteous Man Won’t Stay Down

You Can’t Kill a Peep Little marshmallow confections are everywhere. You know what I mean. Peeps! These animal shaped candies fill store counters at Easter in a variety of colors and flavors. The tough sticky center reacts like sugar coated rubber because they are indestructible. You can stretch them, bite them, and stomp on them […]

Embracing Quiet

Embracing Quiet

Sometimes our worship band pauses between songs to spend a few moments in silent praise. Our worship leader told me that during those moments part of the congregation is clearly engaged, but another segment shuffles nervously or shows signs of impatience. Why do so many find a few moments of silence awkward? Because it is so […]

Checked at the Door

Checked at the Door

I was raised in the church. My family has a long history of church affiliation, membership, and leadership. My great-grandfather was one of the founders and associate Pastors of my childhood/family church.  The building [a remodeled version] which still stands today, is across the street from my grandmother’s house. I remember my great-grandmother sharing with […]

A Surrendered Heart

A Surrendered Heart

When I was a kid in my little country church, kneeling to pray on cushions at the altar was a regular thing. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp why everyone was kneeling. While observing this practice, my mind would often wander to what everyone was praying about for so long. I knew if I […]

Living At the Well

Living At the Well

I’ve been studying through John in my morning Bible reading and I came to the well-known passage of the woman at the well in John chapter 4: So [Jesus] came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, […]

What is Church to You?

What is Church to You?

This brings me to an experience I had as I attended a very small church in Orlando, Florida several years ago. I have always been open to any size church; my only condition was that I needed to feel moved in my heart through the Word of God, I needed my spiritual food. As I […]

Too Much Sharing!

Too Much Sharing!

Oh that our world would realize that it’s not necessary or even okay to share every single thing happening in our lives! I recently traveled for work and spent quite a bit of time in an airport killing time before my return flight.  As I sat in a cubbie to charge my phone, a young […]

One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your ‘to do’ list? Wishing there was more than 24 hours in a day? Even an abundance of good things can be wearing. I’m on the brink of a few doors possibly opening in my writing career. While I’m excited about the possibility, it also has meant some unexpected […]

A Shining Light

A Shining Light

“[…] children of God […] in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:15 – NKJV It is Monday as I write this, and I’ve been . . . writing. As part of ACFW’s Novel Track Writing accountability loop—where we each set a specific monthly […]

In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

Continuing from last month: Let’s turn to 1st Thessalonians 4:13 – 14 and read what it says: 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that […]

World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

Today is World Storytelling Day. I remember going to the bookstore where my mother worked and listening to a storyteller. She had collected and written down stories from other countries, such as Africa. I could sit there all day taking in those tales. I bought her book and learned some of those stories so I […]

Evil Can’t Touch Me

Evil Can’t Touch Me

In an era of global terrorism, and with our neighborhoods overrun with drugs and crime, the title for this post appears naïve, foolish, even idiotic. But remember Job? He said the same thing. Job, the man who lost everything except his wife and his life, agreed with his friends that evil couldn’t touch him. Evil […]