Into the Storm

Into the Storm

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the […]

Do I Love Like a Snowflake–Or an Oak Tree?

Do I Love Like a Snowflake–Or an Oak Tree?

Growing up in the Air Force means moving from home to home. I moved fourteen times before  I became a teenager! My parents and siblings were my anchor in constant waves of change. It was easy to make friends if we lived on the base. Everyone was in the same boat. We knew many would […]

Firestorms

Firestorms

The popular church chorus asks God to descend and set the hearts of His children on fire, to spread a blaze across the nations. I wonder sometimes if we truly understand that for which we ask. Too often we pray for the result but are not willing to endure the process to obtain it. Fire […]

Never Been Stronger

Never Been Stronger

Mid-life kind of “snuck up on me,” friends. At 44, I guess I’ve been running full-speed ahead and never pausing to think for a minute that life is AT LEAST half over for me (unless God’s got an extra decade or so lined up for me that the average American woman doesn’t get). And in […]

The Beautiful, Terrible Cross

The Beautiful, Terrible Cross

The Beautiful, Terrible Cross I love wearing a cross around my neck and have nearly always done so. Most of the time it is inside my clothing but not always. I wear an empty cross because I believe Christ rose, ascended and is home again with His Father God. My late mother-in-law’s pink-beaded crucifix lies […]

With Friends Like These …

With Friends Like These …

The snow had just started to fall when we left church on Sunday. The forecast had called for a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain for some of the day, and it had held off until we were headed home. I was grateful. Winter weather, even though I’m used to it and grew up […]

Love Is An Action More Than a Feeling

Love Is An Action More Than a Feeling

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT) As we prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day with candy, flowers, and gifts, take time to ponder the true definition of ‘Love.’ Love is an action more than a feeling. Our emotions are fickle and can be affected […]

What Really Flows From Your Heart?

What Really Flows From Your Heart?

What really flows from your heart? Does it bring life or death to your life and those around you? Do you influence your environment or does it influence you? The heart is the core of your being. Everything you do flows from it. What you carry within you is what you give out. Your heart […]

Pride Smasher

Pride Smasher

I stood in church, looking at the people around me as we worshiped, thinking of what I knew of their trials and struggles. As I prayed for them, I thought of how so much of what we deal with is our own fault…struggles brought on or exacerbated by pride. Marriage tension, distance between friends, friction […]

Eyewitness

Eyewitness

When someone claims to have seen or heard something firsthand, we may believe it or we may not.  But, if a second person comes to us and says he has seen and heard that same thing, we will be more likely to believe them.  The more people that have witnessed the same event, the more […]

Spiritual Sponges

Spiritual Sponges

Soapy water ran down the bike’s fender from the sponge I squeezed while helping my husband wash all the dust and grime off his Harley. Each time I plunged the sponge back into the bucket, the fibers filled up with the cleaning solution and I continued the chore trying to get “Ol’ Smokey Gold” clean […]

Frustrations, Long Lines, and Attitude

Frustrations, Long Lines, and Attitude

I recently had to get my driver’s license renewed. The local DMV office is usually crowded, even during off-peak hours, so I resigned myself to a wait of a half-hour (or maybe more) to get through the process. Soon after my arrival it became obvious that the photo process was not operating at optimum efficiency. […]

What Will Your Legacy Be?

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Two weeks ago, I received a devastating text message that one of my former Pastors and spiritual leaders had suddenly and unexpectantly passed away at the vibrant age of 50. As I continue to process this reality, I’ve found myself over the past couple of weeks reminiscing about my former Pastor, Bishop Alexis A. Thomas and […]

Touched by a Holy Man

Touched by a Holy Man

I dreaded the day of his burial and yet, I wanted it. It didn’t feel real—his death—until his body was placed in the ground. Grief sneaks up on you. You may already know this. It plays inside you like a song or piece of music you can’t seem to get out of your mind. You […]

Behind the Sin

Behind the Sin

Jesus came to save. To restore His people to the Creator. And before He returned to heaven to prepare a way for us, He told His disciples to reach people. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them […]

The Perfect Prayer

The Perfect Prayer

When I was a kid and going to Sunday school, we talked about the right way to pray. Perfect prayers. It was about kneeling and being sincere. You didn’t raise your voice in frustration. You didn’t pray about “dumb” things. You prayed about taking care of people (bless mommy and daddy and grandma) and you […]

When You Can’t Satiate Your inner Hunger and Start to Feel Just a Little Bit Stuck

When You Can’t Satiate Your inner Hunger and Start to Feel Just a Little Bit Stuck

  “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is […]

How High?

How High?

What are you struggling with today? Are you lonely or fearful or discouraged? We all go through various hills and valleys in our Christian walk. We all have seasons and times where it’s harder to feel the joy Jesus promises us. Psalm 103:11 tells us: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so […]