Lessons from a Sheep, Part 1, Bragging Rights

This week’s blog is the first in a series of posts on Psalm 23. The Twenty-Third Psalm is perhaps the best known biblical passage in American society. Hollywood producers frequently use this psalm during graveside scenes, and it offers such comfort that many funerals today include the passage. Because of this, many people associate this … [Read more…]

The Bigger Picture

Throughout history, God has used a variety of means in order to communicate with His children. His use of the burning bush to communicate with Moses may be the most famous. Then there’s the donkey through which He spoke to Balaam and the whirlwind through which He spoke to Job. For one man I know, … [Read more…]

Still Standing

If you know me or have been following my blog, you know that my husband and I were in church ministry for over 30 years before being tossed to the curb by a church we’d served faithfully for many years. In short, we are survivors of forced termination which, inevitably, led to early retirement from … [Read more…]

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…]