In the Blink of an Eye

During this season of life, Sunday mornings are quite relaxing. After 30 years of actively serving the local church, it’s a nice change from the typical hustle and bustle of a minister’s home on Sunday mornings. My husband is currently serving as interim pastor at a church that has two morning services, one at 8:00 … [Read more…]

Dear Carrie. . . .

Several weeks ago, my nephew’s wife was ordained to the ministry. Shortly before her ordination, she wrote me and said, “If you have any words of wisdom to send a new minister, I’d welcome them anytime.” So Carrie, this post is for you. Thirty-eight years ago today, May 20, I married my best friend. When … [Read more…]

Dealing with Disappointment

Anticipation – the action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction. Disappointment – the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. It’s safe to say that anticipation, expectation and disappointment are closely intertwined for anyone who travels a journey of grief. Simply put, disappointment is what happens when expectation … [Read more…]

Bound to Come Some Trouble

What’s your favorite Bible verse? I know. It’s hard to pick just one. So, what is one of your favorite verses? Got it? OK, let’s see if your verse was one of the top five verses shared last year worldwide via email, text and social media. According to an article in Christianity Today, the following … [Read more…]

Trip Hazards

“Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway.” I love the sentiment in this meme but as I study the picture, several questions come to mind: Am I looking at one long hallway that runs vertically or is the artist giving me a glimpse of numerous hallways that run horizontally? What is … [Read more…]

Putting the Pieces Back Together

Years ago, one of my children gave me a Tigger jigsaw puzzle. That’s T-I-Double Gur-Er. As soon as we had it assembled, we put the puzzle in a frame and hung him on a wall because, well, Tigger makes me smile. He doesn’t belong in a puzzle box. Now fast forward many years. The kids … [Read more…]

Dealing with Discouragement

It had been a good week overall. A couple of affirmations. A couple of compliments. And then, BOOM! Out of nowhere. A negative statement knocked me for a loop. Just one word. One person’s opinion. Yet it caused me to become discouraged. It seems like there are far more sources of discouragement than sources of … [Read more…]

Stormy Weather

One of the most intriguing verses of scripture is found in the sixth chapter of Mark. Allow me to set the scene. Usually when we read in the gospels about the disciples, they are doing something with Jesus. But on this occasion, they are in a boat, crossing the lake on their way to Bethsaida. … [Read more…]

Traveling into the Unknown

I spent a lot of time in Dallas this past week, running to and from meetings and checking on my mom who was in the hospital. Lots of driving in lots of traffic. Thank goodness for GPS. I grew up driving in Dallas and have lived in other metropolitan areas so I really don’t mind … [Read more…]

Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering

If you or your spouse have been unjustly terminated from your ministry, my guess is that religious holidays bring on a wave of pain. You can’t help but think about what you would be doing if you were still at your church. These last few weeks, you’ve probably thought about the services you would have … [Read more…]