Not the Life I Had Planned

The only good thing about having a herniated disc and my doctor’s orders of complete rest is that it gave me an excuse to binge watch the entire first season of The Crown. Throughout each extraordinary episode depicting the magical life of the British monarchy, one theme repeatedly emerged: the actions of one impacted many. … [Read more…]

Of Purses and Peace

Question: Other than a store, what one place can you find a bottle of water, hair brush, Band-Aids, breath mints, chewing gum, measuring tape, an assortment of writing utensils, various forms of currency (bills, coins, cards), phone, iPad, prescription drugs, pain relievers, hair spray, tooth picks (clean and used), tissues (clean and used), toys, makeup, … [Read more…]

TO BELIEVE, OR NOT TO BELIEVE

“Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.” Such a nice saying. Unfortunately, it’s not always an accurate forecast of what happens in the local church. It’s been eight years since we were ousted from our church in a swift coup d’état. I honestly cannot remember … [Read more…]

Meanwhile

If you were asked to create a list of “Important Words for the Christian’s Life,” what words would make up your list? Salvation, forgiveness, mercy, grace, love, faith and prayer would surely appear. Perhaps you’d add the fruit of the Spirit. All of these would be on my list, plus one more. Meanwhile. Meanwhile? That’s … [Read more…]

The Silence of Our Friends

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day so I’ll begin this blog with one of his famous quotes. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” How true. It’s been eight years since we were ousted from our church in a swift coup d’état. When … [Read more…]

My Four Words

Over the past week, I’ve heard people on the radio talking about their “word for the year.” The idea is to choose a word that will challenge you to become a better, stronger person in the new year. My word for 2017 happens to be the same word that I had for 2015 and 2016. … [Read more…]

A Season of Thanksgiving: T – Z

I can’t believe 2016 is almost over. What a year it has been! Through the publishing of Moving On: Surviving the Grief of Forced Termination, God has blessed me with a host of new friends, many of whom I’ve never met face-to-face. Many of you are walking your own grief journey and I am honored … [Read more…]

A Season of Thanksgiving: M – S

Music – Last week I said I was thankful for K-LOVE and KVNE. Let me explain. During the darkest months of my life, the music on K-LOVE radio kept my soul alive. Third Day’s “Revelation” served as my prayer. Seriously. Every time “Revelation” came on the radio, I’d breathe a four-word prayer—“This is me, God”—and … [Read more…]

A Season of Thanksgiving: G – L

Last week I started a series of blog posts on gratitude. Using the alphabet, I’m choosing 26 things for which I am thankful and I invite you to do the same. Why? Because Christmas can be an emotional time of the year for lots of folks, especially if you’ve experienced loss recently. You may not … [Read more…]

A Season of Thanksgiving: A—F

Eight years ago, my husband and I experienced our first Christmas having no church home. The month before, we’d been unjustly forced to resign our church so to say that Christmas was tough that year is an understatement. The holiday season was brutal. Absolutely brutal. I didn’t realize it then but I know now that … [Read more…]