Savor the Moments

Savor the Moments

My initiation into the world of sports began thirty-five years ago when my oldest son ventured into the world of t-ball. As each brother reached the grand old age of four, he joined the ranks of youth baseball teams. Sitting on uncomfortable bleachers was no picnic, but some of my best “Mommy” memories spring from […]

The Grilled Cheese Warning

The Grilled Cheese Warning

The heat from the sauté pan cooked the first side of the grilled cheese sandwich.  In the next ten minutes, I needed to leave to pick up my grandson from pre-school. I’d feed the grilled cheese to his two-year-old brother piece-by-piece during our drive. A few distractions later, I smelled the beginning of a burnt […]

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Blest Be the Ties That Bind

Several things came to mind for this blog, but the following won out. Soon I will be moving from this house, this neighborhood, and from this state. I am entering a new chapter of my life. I am returning to my ‘roots’ in northeastern Tennessee, where ancestors settled in early 1800. But I want to […]

Do You Relate?

Do You Relate?

I was out running errands several times over the last few weeks when I noticed people walking casually into stores and seeing people they knew. Immediately their disposition changed, their voices were animated and they were genuinely excited and engaged with each other. I could overhear a couple conversations where it was obvious it had […]

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 […]

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 Messiness of Truth Speaking

The Messiness of Truth Speaking

Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15 “Speak the truth in love.” […]

The Sanctity of Human Life

The Sanctity of Human Life

The sanctity of human life is remembered as we celebrate this cold month of January. The story below is not mine personally, but one with which I closely relate through family and friends. This is for all the young women and men and parents who have been on this journey. God has promised to bind up our […]

Togetherness

Togetherness

Merry Christmas! From the very beginning of the world, God said it was not good for man to be alone. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.””  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬ So after Adam came Eve and a family […]

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

I recently saw a news report about a teenager in Florida who started a club at school called, “We Dine Together”. The purpose of this club is to enure that no student eats alone during lunch time. This story moved me to tears. My heart went out to the young man who said he knew […]

A Date with God

A Date with God

Dates are on my mind. Quite a few of them. At this time of year, attitudes around dates make significant differences. Today is my father’s birthday. He was called home to our Lord eight years ago. I tell myself I should celebrate the date of his passing instead, August 28th, as his new birthday to […]

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Not caring is a trend in today’s culture. It’s just not “in” to feel something or express those feelings. It’s easy to go around saying “yeah, whatever”, never getting too deep, and hoping that you don’t have to share something that actually affects you because that would be very un-cool (and potentially offensive). Or maybe […]

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense […]

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 […]

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 […]