Two Years and Counting

In January 2016, Moving On: Surviving the Grief of Forced Termination was published. One month later I began blogging. As a result, in these past two years, I have met the most incredible people. Ministers and ministers’ wives scattered across the United States have reached out via emails and phone calls to share their stories, … [Read more…]

The Most Fun Sin

“Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving … [Read more…]

A Very Present Help

One of the most intense emotions of grief is loneliness. When we experience deep, gut wrenching hurt, it feels as though no one sees us, knows us, or cares that we are suffering. These are the times when God’s Word provides assurance that we are not alone. And we will never be alone. What we … [Read more…]

God Doesn’t Need a Crowbar

One of my favorite devotional books is Streams in the Desert. Originally copyrighted in 1925, it is more powerful today than ever before. The January 10th devotion is especially meaningful as we embark on a new year. Focusing on the multiple times the apostle Paul was divinely prohibited from taking one course or another in … [Read more…]

Christmas Grief

One of the greatest lessons I learned after my husband and I experienced great loss, right at the beginning of the 2008 holiday season, is that grief and joy can coexist. I don’t understand it. I certainly can’t explain it. I only know it’s true. Perhaps one of the most important things we can do … [Read more…]

The Fallacy of Trying

“We are TRYING all the time; we are worrying our way through; we are panicky. What shall we do next? What is the next step in life? We are concerned about our mind. God is concerned about our spirit – the humble, the Contrite, and the brokenhearted – that man God will always guide.” – … [Read more…]

Growing through Adversity

“The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this, and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to bear.” – Charles Stanley

He Sees our Tears

Psalm 56:1-8 NLT O God, have mercy on me,     for people are hounding me.     My foes attack me all day long. I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,     and many are boldly attacking me. But when I am afraid,     I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has … [Read more…]

Pain with a Purpose

“There is nothing, no circumstance, no trouble, no testing that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has come past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose.” –Alan Redpath