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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It Is a Big Mistake to Ignore the Promptings Of the Holy Spirit

It Is a Big Mistake to Ignore the Promptings Of the Holy Spirit

After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.…………………………………Acts 16:7 (NKJV) I’m sure many of you can recall instances in which you felt something in your spirit but ignored it, thinking it was insignificant and just a thought coming from you. I bet most of you […]

A Simple Joy

A Simple Joy

It’s snowing. I hate wind and cold, but I love sitting in my warm, cozy house, watching my yard become a beautiful snow globe scene. A simple joy. When my husband arrives home from work, I’ll tell him what’s for dinner, and he’ll smile. He loves my cooking, and dinner time is always a pleasurable […]

Unexpected Turn of Events

Unexpected Turn of Events

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD (Proverbs 21: 30 – 31).   We were sure the double-wide trailer was an answer to prayer, a solution for our overcrowded living situation. Located […]

Kept and Being Kept

Kept and Being Kept

What does it mean to be “kept” by God?  And what then are the implications of us being “our sister’s’ keeper?”  This was the topic of our church ladies’ meeting last week.  As I prepared to lead the discussion, I sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to consider there might be two groups of ladies […]

Seeds of Faith

Seeds of Faith

I hold seeds in my hand. I’ve always held seeds. Seeds of hope. Seeds of heartache. Seeds of destiny. Seeds of disappointment. They’re all mixed together in a rough and tumble way because that’s how life happens sometimes. It gets rough and tumbly. Yet this time it’s different. This time I look at these seeds […]