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Light in the Darkness

I believe many people nowadays would say we live in the dark ages.  I’ve heard, “our future looks bleak,” “we’ve dug ourselves into a mess that we can’t get out of,” or “I have no hope anymore.”  I’ve made similar comments, but they lessened when I started focusing on...

Don’t Give Up!

The world we live in expects instant results.  Just pop a pill for immediate relief … lose 20 pounds in a weekend … the list goes on and on.  The truth is, there are some things that aren’t cured overnight.  One of them is mental illness. There have been two cases...

Hope Is The Cure

I read about a new Harvard study in Forbes recently which investigated the health and mental health of children and teenagers who were raised with religious or spiritual practices. I am not surprised by what they found. According to the study, children and teens...

Back to School

I messed up.  This week when I heard school was ready to start, I was shocked.  “School doesn’t start until after Labor Day,” I thought to myself.  Well, where have I been for the last umpteen gillion years … school has started in August for at least the last quarter...

A Silent Killer

Tragedy struck our small town recently when a life-long daughter of our community committed suicide.    No sooner had the funeral in our home town taken place when news of the loss of famous designer Kate Spade and CNN commentator Andrew Bourdain made its way around...

How Is It Possible?

  Have you ever met a person and heard their story and wondered, “There’s no way that can happen … how is it possible?”  Well, several years ago a friend gave me a ticket to hear a motivational speaker at one of Dallas’ largest hotel venues.  I looked forward to...

God of the Impossible

  Have I told you I love stories … true stories … inspiring stories?  No? … well, I do and I heard a doozy this week on CBN that made my heart leap and brought tears to my eyes at the same time.  It’s home-grown, too, as Hopkins County, Texas is close to my...

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...

It’s A Wonderful Life

Since I have been knee-high to a grasshopper I have watched Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” every Christmas.  When I married hubby (29 years ago), this movie that made Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed famous became a staple in our household almost every month.  We...

Brighter Tomorrow

I saw a post this week that immediately took me back to days of my youth.  It was a quote from my favorite book.  It was a true story about a teenage girl who survived extremely difficult circumstances; however, her circumstances never diminished her hope for the...

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...

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. ...