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A Baby Changes Everything

Last week I was sharing my story at a women’s group.  I made the statement that a baby changes everything … the birth of my son certainly changed my own life and I know first-hand the number of people who say “my life would not be same without my son or daughter.” 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 First, Last and Only

It’s that time of year, when schools re-open and class reunions occur all the time.  It’s been many decades since I graduated, but there are moments that are special and unforgettable.  My senior prom was one of those special occasions.  After all, it was my first...

True Confessions

I have a confession to make.  I was sitting in church today, pretending to listen to the sermon, but instead was rummaging through my Bible when I ran across some notes I scratched in the back.  There wasn’t a date (but had to have been since 2008 when I bought the...

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...

Is It Me, Lord?

We went to a Maundy Thursday service at a local church last night.  It was a dramatic, musical experience entitled “The Living Last Supper.”  It wasn’t a big production, but it came with a lot of punch.  Jesus and his disciples were around their table for the Last...

Christians and Politics-Part 2

This is the second in a series surrounding the question “Should Christians be involved in politics?” Jesus in His Day and We in Ours If we look at Jesus’ stand regarding politics in His day, we will see that He took quite an extreme political position. He basically...

Who’s In Control?

I have been asked to opine on “The Second Mile” about a subject that has reached national and international attention.  The subject surrounds euthanasia – “death with dignity.”  Having recently lost my sister (of natural causes) and a friend (of brain cancer), and...