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...

Walls around your heart

Why is it that pain overrides joy? Days, months, and years of “good” can be wiped out by one moment of “bad,” and affect us for a long time. Such was *nearly* the case one afternoon, back when I was still a daycare mama. By far, my favorite...

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