I was rushing around my newly purchased home about a month after moving in, getting ready to have a group of women from church over. My home wasn’t the only new part of my life. We were in a new state, new city, new church and had just purchased our home after five months in […]
Psalm 130:5-6, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and I wait for His word. My soul waits in hope for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; yes, more than the watchmen for the morning.” A desire for newness isn’t new. I’ve often resolved to change the chorus and tempo of […]
As I sat down to write this blog, I realized I had some serious work to do. 1 Corinthians 13:4a contains just five little words but the deeper I dug into them, the more their impact compelled me to consider what they truly meant to me and how I was (and was not) applying them […]
Every year as the Christmas season approaches, my daughters and I look forward to watching Hallmark Christmas movies. We love the romance and sparkle and magic that emanates from the screen. We love walking with the guy and the girl through the neat and tidy, very predictable plot, conflict and resolution, complete with the kiss […]
It was one of those calls you dread as a pastor and wife. Car accident. One of your congregants. Mom of four. Younger than forty. Not expected to live.
My whole adulthood it seems like I have been fumbling to get a hold on life. The string of babies and moves and ministries have never been tame no matter how much I try to hustle. I am forever reaching for the elusive moment, just around the corner, when my library books aren’t overdue, and […]
The typing of this blog coincided with fall weaning in the Sandhills. I’m in a reflective state as I sit by our picture window and listen to the cattle cacophony outside in the nearby corrals full of bawling cows and calves. It’s been going on for hours and happens every fall when the hard-working ranchers […]
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity,” 1 Timothy 4:12.
I don’t know much about long haul truckers, but over the years people in our congregations have had this occupation, so I can imagine a bit of what it must be like. It is the preparation–being careful to be sure you have all the supplies you need before you head out. It is the open […]
“Now, don’t go telling this at school!” I used to get annoyed when I heard this reminder growing up as a preacher’s kid. Occasionally I would hear something told to my parents in our home by a church member and after they would leave, my mom would inevitably give me this reminder. Of course I […]