Sharing the gift of authentic hope

I was nervous. So nervous that the butterflies were fluttering, my laugh was a bit forced, and my insides were just short of churning. It was the morning of my first Tough Mudder race. As I stood waiting for the mud run to begin, the thoughts in my brain tumbled...

The gift that kept giving

I love when my family (or church family, friends, or random people on the street!) do things that practically write themselves into a devotional. Such was the case this Christmas. 🙂 Two things you need to know before I start my story: 1) My pastor-brother, Jim, loves...

Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas to our friends, family, relatives, and my faithful readers! Oh how I would love to invite everyone to my house for a huge Christmas party! But considering that number is in the thousands, my house isn’t very large, and many of you live across the...

Lingering Gratitude

Most years, I arrive home from our family Thanksgiving dinner with a full stomach, containers of leftovers, and the desire to take a nice, long nap. But this year, I carried something else: The lingering stench of smoke. It clung to my clothes, hair, and jacket. I...

Eleven Days to Eternity

I stared at the text in disbelief. A dear lady from our church had slipped into eternity. How could she be gone already? It’s been a tough year for our church. A few months ago, we lost a precious lady to a vicious liver disease. Two more members are fighting...

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