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…]

A Christmas Confession

Expectations run high this time of year. Whether I’m checking out at the grocery store or making pleasant conversation at a business luncheon, people ask the same questions: “Are you ready for Christmas? Have you gotten your tree up?” And they ask with an excitement that implies I should be equally enthusiastic about decorating for … [Read more…]

Surviving the Holidays

“It’s the most won-der-ful time of the year,” the song says. The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is one week away. Rehearsals for Christmas programs have been in full swing for months now. Life is busy and hectic and festive! Unless you’re a minister who’s been ousted from your church. If this is the first … [Read more…]

Names, Usernames and Passwords

At the risk of sounding old, I’m going to admit that I long for the day when life was not bound by usernames, passwords, updates and settings. It seems that every time I turn around I’m being asked for a username or password. Usually both. Banking? Usernames and passwords are a must. Medical matters? A … [Read more…]