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…]

Betrayed

Easter is one of my favorite seasons. It’s the season of renewal and hope. It’s the season of fresh starts. It’s the season of blooms and bunnies and extraordinary beauty. But before there was Easter, there was betrayal. Judas sold out for just 30 silver coins. Peter refused to admit he even knew Jesus, much … [Read more…]

On Being Held

When our daughter was an infant, she had terrible colic. Our pediatrician assured us she would outgrow it and in the meantime all we could really do was hold her. Night after night I’d walk the floor, holding my precious little baby in my arms as she wailed in pain. One night I noticed her … [Read more…]

An Anchor for Your Soul

A catchphrase that is making the rounds in Christian circles today is this: “God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.” I’ve even attended church services where the phrase is used as a sort of contemporary liturgical chant: Worship leader: God is good! Congregation: All the time! Worship leader: All the … [Read more…]

Hogwash

Have you ever noticed that when you’re going through a really tough time in life, people like to give pat answers? They’re uncomfortable saying nothing so they say something trite. Or worse, they misquote scripture. For example, you’ve probably had a well-meaning individual attempt to encourage you by saying, “God will not give you more … [Read more…]

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to MOVING ON. This site has one purpose: to provide hope and encouragement to ministers and their families who have experienced forced termination. I welcome your comments and feedback. If you do not want to share publicly, please email me at deanna@deannaharrison.com. If you know someone who is grieving because of forced … [Read more…]