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Anxiety and Fretting and Worry, Oh My

I was thigh deep in the murky waters of the Brazos River a few months ago fly-fishing for largemouth bass. As I worked my way around a brushy deadfall protruding into the river, I flipped my fly carefully under the branches hoping for the trademark attack of a violent and angry fish. Instead, what I Continue Reading…

Just Because You’re Mine

Mason, son #2, came into our world as "damaged material." The diagnosis the doctors gave was curt, tactless, numbing, and totally devastating: "Mrs. Gillham, your son has Hurler’s Syndrome. He is incurably ill and will be hopelessly retarded." That proved to be true. His life, so brief and wasted as far as the world is Continue Reading…

Taking Up the Shield of Faith

. . . taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. – Ephesians 6:16  Let’s not take all our combined knowledge and formulate an understanding of this verse of scripture. Let’s just look at this one single verse, pretending that we Continue Reading…

The Last Brick Wall

Slam! Crash! Thud! Ow! Groan! Sigh. Get up, Anabel. You can do it! I hit a lot of brick walls through the years as I was putting on this brave front. No one saw me bleeding, or terrified, or utterly discouraged. After all, I have to perform for people to get them to love me Continue Reading…

Jubilee! Don’t Forget How Good the News Really Is

Rarely is being abruptly awakened by your neighbor at 5:00 A.M. a cause for celebration. Yet, when the neighbor is banging pots and pans, screaming “Jubilee! Jubilee! We’re having a jubilee!” and you happen to live in Alabama on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, there couldn’t be better news. A jubilee is a mysterious Continue Reading…

Finishing the Race by Grace

The other day, while reading my Bible, I came across a sentence that made me stop and think. It said, "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him" (Colossians 2:6). I began to think back to the day when I first became a believer, when I first began running this Continue Reading…

Why Some Don’t Believe in Jesus’ Resurrection

Humans initiate a search for truth even while in the womb (I feel safe and secure in here). We construct what I like to call a "truth screen" over our mind somewhat like the face mask that competitive fencers use to protect them from injury. If a concept is unfamiliar to us, it probably won’t Continue Reading…

Overcoming an Identity Crisis

Alumnae of Oklahoma State University and Texas A & M are known as Aggies, and we Aggies wear the label proudly. But someone in the course of time began making up "Aggie jokes." Take this one for example: An Aggie alum was driving through rural Texas when he spotted a strapping young 18-year old boy Continue Reading…

The Normal Christian Life

. . . for in Him we live and move and exist . . . (Acts 17:28). The normal Christian life isn’t the norm for many Christians. The key to experiencing the victorious Christian life is not new — it’s as old as the New Testament. By letting Christ express His life through us, moment-by-moment, Continue Reading…

Backing Through the Garage Door

Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. – Romans 15:7 "Grace is not a license to sin, but to walk in humility. We are not tied up with how much we have done, or not done, but we learn by the grace of God to rest in Continue Reading…