Need Help

Occasionally—not as often as I’d like but far more than I deserve—God speaks to my heart in an immediate, unmistakable way. There’s no time to think about it. There’s no time to wonder whether or not the thought or impression was from God. The moment is so clear that there’s no doubt it was God … [Read more…]

Steps of Faith

One of my favorite Broadway shows is 42nd Street. The musical features classic songs such as “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and, my favorite, “I Only Have Eyes for You.” And then, of course, there’s the spectacular title number—a dance performed on a staircase spanning the width of the stage. In one production … [Read more…]

Waiting, Still Waiting

Recently, I came across a poem by J. Danson Smith that spoke to my heart. I pray it speaks to yours as well. Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting! Till next steps made plain shall be; To hear, with the inner hearing, The Voice that will call for me. Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting! With hope that need … [Read more…]

Stupid Things People Say

While attending a wedding recently, a friend commented that she and her husband had gotten married in a little church that once stood where Times Square is now located. Without thinking—and, I might add, under the influence of allergy meds—I replied, “So you got married in New York City?” Uh, no. Not unless they got … [Read more…]

All I Had to Do Was Ask

Recently I found myself working with a group of volunteers to build a playhouse for our local crisis center. My job was to paint the exterior. Considering the size of the playhouse, especially the front porch, I found myself on my knees. A lot. By the time I got to the final touch-up painting, my … [Read more…]

Silence is Not Golden

Responding to someone’s grief when there has been a death makes many people uncomfortable. Not knowing what to say, and the fear of saying something wrong, keeps many people from responding at all. The same is true when a minister is unjustly forced to resign, whether suddenly or at the end of a long public … [Read more…]

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…]