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...

When God takes your army

Have you ever answered the call of God to step out in faith, and then felt like the ground crumbled beneath you? This happened to me last week, and I discovered I hadn’t been trusting in God as much as I should have been. First a little catch-up, in case...

Finding purpose in the pain

The weary man rested his forehead against the cold rock, allowing his burning muscles a moment’s rest. “Lord, this is an utter waste of time. I want to obey, but I really don’t see the point in trying any longer.” Several months previously, he...

When God doesn’t answer your prayers…the way you want

About twenty years ago, a boy met a girl at Bible college. They fell madly in love and married a year later. They had big hopes and dreams for the future, and told God they would go anywhere He wanted them to go. God led them to a little country church in the heart of...

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