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Unconditional

I’ve had some health issues recently.  While the rest has helped, your  prayers are appreciated.   I’ve had many discussions with friends about forgiveness – debates actually.  Is forgiveness conditional or unconditional?  This past week I couldn’t stop thinking...

Mercy and Grace

  I’ve been on this earth longer than dirt (well, it seems that way), but I’ve come to realize I have a lot more to learn, so I plan on being around awhile.  One of my biggest lessons over the last several years regarded my faith.  As a young Christian, I thought...

The Men In My Life

I was out of state this year celebrating Father’s Day with three of my favorite men – husband and two sons (with families).  I saw how each man played a role in my life in helping to shape who I am as a woman, wife, mother.  While traveling back home, I realized I...

Making Peace With Your Past

Finding peace from your past is a subject that took me years to come to terms with.  It’s rough, tough and filled with emotions.  Most people will delay coming to terms with unhappy memories resulting from loss, divorce, abuse … a plethora of problems.  Sometimes we...

The Stories Behind the Song

I love music … I’ve sung all my life, took piano lessons and dance lessons, with a dream of one day being on Broadway.  Because of my natural love for all things music, I’ve been a long-time fan of the song,  “I Can Only Imagine,” since it was written in 1999 by Bart...

The Rest of the Story

When I was little I remember listening to the radio (a lot), being a middle-class family, and probably because television was such a “new” media and unaffordable to most people.  My parents particularly liked a show called The Rest of the Story, hosted by Paul...

Unexplainable

I love stories – true, inspiring accounts of how people overcome adversity.  Well, this week I read one humdinger of a story. This week Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries recited the story of Melissa Jenkins. On December 1, 1997, about a dozen students were gathered...

Celebration In Spite of Tragedy

Christmas is a time of merriment and festivities – family, friends, food – gifts galore. Sadly, though, Christmas can be a time when loved ones no longer with us are missed so much. I was reminded about one family this year who will celebrate Christmas after losing 9...

When You Can’t Find Justice

Unless you have been living under a rock or on another planet, you have probably heard of the verdict announced in the Kate Steinle murder case.  Kate was the young woman shot and killed in 2015 on a San Francisco pier, dying in the arms of her father.  The acquittal...

Foundation of Faith

We live in a world that is ideologically divided on many levels.  Sadly, violence seems to be the rule rather than the exception, with increasing persecution of Christians worldwide. That’s exactly what occurred on Palm Sunday.  A terrorist strapped with explosives...

The Story Behind the Story

Long, long ago (and pretty much still do), I dreamed of becoming a great author.  I saw myself hunched over a typewriter, spitting out page after page of a best-selling novel.  If it was historical, that much better as history, research and English were my favorite...

Prison Bars Seen and Unseen

                Recently, I began training (more school!) with the Texas State Department of Corrections as well as Prison Fellowship Ministries to qualify me to become a mentor to inmates.  If there’s ever a place that needs...