Thursday, June 20, 2019

Without The Cross Easter Has No Meaning

I don’t know about you but when spring comes I get so excited. That means the good weather is coming back, patio season is at our doors, the flowers are blooming but most important is Easter! Though some people get excited about the chocolates...

Humiliation

Recently I was having lunch with some friends at a shopping mall.  As we got our food and sat down, one of my friends said that she wasn’t feeling well.  After a few minutes she decided to go to the restroom.  As she stood...

What Is Holding You Back?

I have a confession to make…I envy marathon runners! How do they have the stamina and the willpower to keep running for 26 long, grueling miles?  What keeps them going when they are ready to give up?  What do they think about over the...

Criticism…Ouch it Hurts!

How do you deal with a critical remark or comment?  Do you walk away and forget about it or do you mull it over in your mind causing sleepless nights and a roller coaster of emotions?  I have to admit that in the past...

Follow Jesus and not Christians

I’ve noticed that in the Christian community we always want to strive to be like others, we’ll notice other people doing something and want to do it just like them. Or on the flip side sometimes there might be a lack of something.. let's...

Woman of God, you are worth it!

Being a woman of God is such a blessing! The amount of power that we hold as woman is incredible, though I must say I didn't always think like this. When I first gave my life to Christ or even just growing up I...

Run!

running on beach
26.2…I couldn’t get the marathon runner’s emblem out of my head.  Even though I tried to dismiss the image, it wouldn’t go away. No, at this point in my life I was NOT going to take up running as my new form of exercise,...

White As Snow

white as snow
As a Central Louisiana and former East Texas resident, I don't have many opportunities to see snow, unless I'm traveling further north.  What really strikes me as I sit at home today on a rare snow day, especially on a day when the...

Work – Life Balance

mountains sun sky
It was one of those mornings, I just didn't want to wake up to work. It was alright though, as I was going to work from home. I lazyly woke up, brushed my teeth, and got ready for my 8 AM call, which was...

Do You Need to “Leave It”?

puppy dog walking
Several years ago my daughter had a very vivacious, curious dog named Tilly.  Tilly oozed personality and was always a big topic of conversation around the dinner table.  One of her delights was to pick up things off the floor that she knew she...

How To Re-ignite The Fire

outdoor fire
Remember the day you gave your life to Christ? You were filled with such joy and excitement! It felt like you were ready to take on the world and share with everyone you encountered the greatness of Jesus. I’m sure just thinking about it...

The Sound of the Brass Bell

brass bell
As the ornately embossed brass bell rang out in the orderly classroom, every little soldier knew what that meant. Everyone was to be seated with eyes to the front, feet on the floor, and mouths zipped shut. Any nonconformity was simply not...

The Night the Principal Wore Camouflage

camo
The quaint French Louisiana town of Ville Platte was such a welcoming home town for a recently transplanted Texas family. Scrumptious food, friendly people, and a Cajun culture that enchanted us drew us into this unfamiliar way of life.  One...

Can Dreams Really Come True?

Martin Luther King Jr
Back in the late 1960s, our East Texas school district made some interesting adjustments, or at least that's how this third grader interpreted the situation.  Instead of neighborhood elementary schools, the district divided the students up by grade instead of where they...

Tangled-Up Messes

tangled
As she handed me a purple tangled-up mess of what once was her long, flowing hairpiece, Sarah said, “Mommy, can you help me? I tried and tried, but I just can’t get the knots out by myself.” It...

Patsy Clairmont and Me

Patsy and Cheryl
It was a dark and stormy night... No, it was a gloomy, rainy night... Ok, maybe just a dark night in a rental car driving on a winding road I'd never traveled before with another woman I had just met a few...

Our First Date

After letting everyone know that I married my first date, it occurred to me that folks may be interested in our first date.  Fitting for me, even still, our date didn't go exactly as I had planned.   It was...

I Married My First Date

married my first date
It was a steamy August afternoon when I spotted the tall handsome senior drummer the first day of marching band practice. One of my giddy fellow freshman girlfriends pointed him out to me, since she had a crush on him. 

Honor for Dishonor

honor mother and father
My morning routine is always the same. Alarm goes off, stumble out of bed, go to the bathroom, shuffle into the kitchen, make coffee (thankfully my Keurig makes it instantly), get back into bed, drink my coffee, turn on the local morning...

Outrunning A Boomerang

boomerang
I am so easily entertained. The Boomerang app is a great example of this. The idea was a very clever one. There’s just something about a moving image unexpectedly going in reverse that is so fun! My mind wanders,...

This Year, Choose To Get Closer To God.

man with fireworks heaven
By Gods grace we made it into the new year! I’m sure we’ve all got our resolutions for some it may be strive to go to the gym and loose weight, others strive to find success in their...

God of All Comfort

comfort teddy bear
Who do you trust to keep your precious child?   That was my dilemma upon finding out I was pregnant with our first baby after six years of marriage to my high school sweetheart. Everyone in the tiny, one-street-light town of Corrigan, Texas...

Worry Like A Raven

I get asked all the time about my tattoos. People want to know why I chose them or what the significance is to me. I wish I could say that every single line of ink on my body had some deep meaning...but they don’t!...

Sinful Opportunities

I realized something today. I need to accept my biggest weakness. Accept that the sin that I keep turning to time and time again is something I will continue to struggle with. It’s a cycle really: I repent sincerely and am forgiven, then end...

You Do You, (Christian) Boo

Whether we like it or not - titles usually come with preconceived notions. Lawyer? Argumentative. Homeless? Lazy. Rich? Selfish. Christian? Judgmental. Whether these assumptions are true or not - they do exist. Oftentimes as a Christian we may feel the need to explain ourselves as...