Being Still

Every February we have a family vacation, retreating to the mountains of New Mexico, for fun, relaxation, good, old-fashioned “down time.”  This year was no different, except for the fact that hubby and I are older and feeling it from the top of our heads to the...

Getting to Know You

Source: Google Images When I was in the fourth grade, my family moved resulting in a change of schools.  I had to say goodbye to everyone I had known in my long 10 years on earth — neighborhood, friends, Girl Scout troop, school chums.  I was crushed. From the...

Don’t Forget

Early this week I began preparing this week’s post entitled “Faith of Our Fathers.”  After I started I realized that today, September 11, marked the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11. The events and emotions are etched into my mind forever.  Both as a...

Fear Not

Labor Day officially ends the lazy, hazy days of summer.  It’s the last chance for many to enjoy a long weekend, family trips, cookouts and concerts.  I’m in East Texas relaxing and taking many naps and deep breaths.  This is my chance to get a break before what many...

The Apple and the Tree

I remember when I was about four waking from a bad dream.  Crying out, I yelled for my mother.  I wanted her there to comfort me, assuring me everything would be alright.  She held and rocked me until I fell back to sleep.  That’s what moms do.  They love...

The Perfect Gift

There is great fulfillment for a parent to be able to give gifts that are most wanted by their children (within reason).  I remember times waiting in long lines at the toy store for the latest and greatest model of Transformer, driving hundreds of miles in the wee...

Where Did It Go?

The older I get the more things I seem to misplace.  Mail, keys, wallet … it’s frustrating.  Thank goodness I haven’t gotten too old to forget losing something much larger a long time ago.  Let me tell you about it. I was 19 when I got my first job paying real money...

What Stories of Hope Can Do

The Bible tells us one story after another of God meeting people where they hurt and providing the hope and encouragement they need in times of trial.  I’m glad those stories of hope are contained throughout the Bible, and I’m glad I hear other stories of hope today. ...

What A Difference A Year Makes

  One year ago today I was at the hospital getting ready for major surgery.  A few weeks before I had been told I had breast cancer.  The surgery was to remove the cancer and find out the extent the “Big C” had taken in my body.  It was a tumultuous time....

When Faith Is Weak

I went to a women’s luncheon this week.  The speaker led the Bible study entitled, “When Your Faith Feels Weak.”  I needed to hear what she had to say.  Just two days into the week (Tuesday), I was already stressed out and feeling beat up.  What the speaker said first...

True Beauty

As I convalesce from minor surgery this week, I am grateful for ministry friends like Lisa Burkhardt Worley to be this week’s guest blogger.   Lisa is a friend and mentor.  I know you will love her as much as I do.   Have you ever had one of those bad hair...

On The Air

I’m always amazed at the opportunities that God creates for us.  Last week, Karen Kuonen and I were featured on the Casoundra Brown Show, “Let’s Talk,” on Fish Bowl Radio, an internet-based radio network.  Two hours to talk exclusively about...