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When God doesn’t give grace

  “I could never go through something like that.” “What if it happens to me?” “How do you cope? I’d never be able to. I’m not strong enough.” “I don’t know how you do it. I wouldn’t be able to keep...

Seeds of Salvation in Farmer’s Valley

What do a horse, an Army surplus Chevy, and a travelling evangelist have in common? The answer may surprise you. God used all three of these to orchestrate the salvation story of my life–to bring me to Jesus. It all started in a little community in the rolling...

Put yourself in the path of God’s blessing

July in southern Missouri is hot. Really, really hot. Great weather for staining decks. Well, not so much. But my friend Tammy and her two kids were staining a deck anyway. Because sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, and you gotta do what you gotta do....

In the wrong place

It was a normal afternoon in my daycare. (Okay, let me rephrase that, since there’s really no such thing as normal at my daycare. Unless normal consists of mayhem and chaos. But at least all the kiddos had taken good naps.)  I was stacking the cots to store in...

Using all your strength

The story is told of a little boy playing in his sandbox. He worked industriously, building roads for his toy trucks and cars. All went well for a time, until he discovered a roadblock. A large rock was embedded in the sand, exactly where he wanted his road to go....