Courage in Chaos
Waves roar as I first stroll along the beach, then sit on the end of the boardwalk and watch. The red flag snaps in the wind and I clutch my hat to my head as I walk along the waterline. I do not walk in fear. Nor does the momma fear as she holds her […]
When You Question Why
Concerning Elizabeth “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children!” Luke 1:25 (NLT) Childlessness in the time of Elizabeth and Mary was a symbol of a life that harbored sin. A life that God could not bless. Elizabeth, an older woman, had lived her entire life […]
When It Feels Like the World is Careening Out of Control, God’s Got It!
So many things happen that I don’t understand. I’m not talking about things that happen just to me. I see it all around me, and I know there is much more, so much more, that I don’t see. But just because there is adversity, just because evil does exist and people are hurt by it, […]
The Illusion of Control
As a woman who often believes she’s got control of her own life, it sometimes takes a peek into someone else’s life to drive home the truth. I read an article this week. It was about young women who are not ready to have children, but who are concerned that at some future date they […]
It all started with a phone call. As the conversation began to unfold I realized that something was not right. I quickly hung up and did a bit of research, my identity had been stolen! It was not my financial identity, but my medical identity. Someone had impersonated me, using my medical history to obtain […]
Who Do I Follow?
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24 NLT The news in my little corner of the world over the last week has highlighted for me the importance of our choices. We […]
Five Reasons Forgiveness Leads to Freedom
Forgiveness is hard. Most of the time I don’t want to forgive. I’ve been hurt, I’m sad or angry or maybe even afraid. My brain screams, don’t let them get away with this, fight back! But experience tells me otherwise. Faith demands a different response. 1. If I don’t forgive, my faith is weak. We […]
I got up early this morning and went out to prune my rosebushes. I plant the southern standard, knock out roses. They are hardy. They bloom and rebloom all summer. However, as the summer wears on they get more and more stingy with the blooms, unless you prune them! And one hard truth I’ve learned […]
My Feet Hurt!
I am that girl, the one who always loved beautiful shoes. I notice shoes, and can guarantee that I will notice yours. Did you know that the University of Kansas even did a study on what shoes say about you? Well, today, I’m wearing a pair of decidedly unpretty shoes with orthotic inserts. Why? Well, […]
Why I Gave Up Television
The obvious conclusion is that I just didn’t like watching it, but that is wrong. Actually, I found it mesmerizing. But it wasn’t the programming, it was the opportunity to set in one spot, think about nothing and feel no pressure to do anything else that had me coming back night after night. After all, television […]