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A Seat at the Table

Philip Yancey is one of my all-time favorite authors. Yancey shared that an alcoholic friend of his once told him: “When I’m late to church, people turn around and stare at me with frowns of disapproval. I get the clear message that I’m not as responsible...

A Very Real and Growing Problem

With so many “breaking” news reports these days, I almost missed a news report about Grayson Murray, a handsome, young, up-and-coming PGA golf pro who had an amazing life ahead of him. So what was reported?Grayson, just 30 years old, had won two tournaments on the PGA...

Well Grounded

The past few months have seen torrents of rain, high winds, and tornadic storms tear through our part of East Texas.  Trying to maneuver many county roads after a storm turns into an Indy-500 race avoiding the vast number...

Forget About It!

Mother Teresa once said, “If we want to love, we must learn how to forgive.”  I grew up hearing, “Just forgive and forget!”  Whoever said it made it sound so easy. Forgiveness is near impossible to do in our own strength, and forgetting is even harder. The...

Do You Need a Ride?

Each time I’m at church, I am met with a sign when I leave the parking lot which says, “You are now entering the mission field.”  That same sign is at several churches I’ve attended. You’ve probably seen them, too.  Remembering this sign is why I decided to...

Making Amends

Webster’s dictionary defines “amends” as “to do something to correct a mistake that one has made or a bad situation that one has caused.”  Every human being at some point will be faced with making amends to someone. I certainly have. Making amends is different...

A Childlike Faith

I must have good ears. What I mean is I’m apparently a good listener. For many years (especially this past year), I can’t count how many have shared their fears, concerns, or any number of reasons why they are miserable and can’t even sleep. I always ask where their...

The Dash In Between

Since time began, every human on the face of the earth began with a start date (birth) and an end date (death).  What shows up in between is a dash … standing for the life between the start and finish.  We see the dash in obituaries and on grave markers all...

Most Humbling

On Maundy Thursday this year, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 women at a prison in Rome during a ceremony emphasizing humility. This was a first for the pope to wash the feet of women only during the special annual service. Pope Francis led the ceremony at Rebibbia...

In His Image

I look forward to Easter every year. It’s a time of new beginnings.  As a child, I was excited about the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, lots of candy, and my new Easter clothes.  Then as I grew older, my faith matured, and I became intrigued how my...

Time to Come Home

I read something fascinating this week.  In the British Isles, a sheep was found after hiding out in a cave for a total of six years.  The fleece on the sheep continued to grow over those six years since it was not near a shearer.  When the sheep was...

CUNNING, BAFFLING AND POWERFUL

My husband and I are founders of a ministry that advocates for mental health, recovery from addiction, ministering to the incarcerated and the homeless.  Many ask why we focus on mental health. Well, if you turn on the news or listen to the radio at any...