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I’ve Been Thinking (Part 1)

I’ve been thinking…now therein lies the problem. When I get in one of these kinds of modes, it can be dangerous. My mind plays a lot of tricks on me and soon I can find myself in a downward spiral toward futility and frustration. Yes, a mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a Continue Reading…

When You Feel Shaken

This past year, God has shaken many things I put my hope in, in particular my ministry. For the past five years, I devoted myself to serving my neighborhood through fitness nights, pancake breakfasts, pot lucks, investigative Bible studies, and mentoring groups women. Caring for my neighbors became my whole life. My service became my Continue Reading…

And I Had the Perfect Comeback

Last week I was on a plane with 2 friends. We were talking in normal conversation tones, about my book “Unglued,” when suddenly the couple in front of us came unglued. On us. Joy. The man turned around and said, “Can you guys just QUIET DOWN already?” It wasn’t a gentle suggestion. It was a Continue Reading…

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God?

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), an evangelist from the early 1700′s helped lead revival in early colonial America. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was the title of a famous sermon he delivered on July 8th 1741. Only four days after the 4th of July. Oops, sorry they had not invented Independence Day yet. That Continue Reading…

Perfect Butterflies

I was just returning from a Men’s Group Hot Dog Club and this butterfly was sitting on the bushes. Well I grabbed my cell phone and snapped a shot. I was hit by the beauty and delicacy and the detail of this creation. Then my mind went to Romans 12:1-2 where Paul wrote “do not Continue Reading…

My Life As A Sailboat

Get ready…this is a long one. But it’s worth the time if you tend to let your emotions run wild like I sometimes do! The logo that my husband and I chose for our ministry, The Reality Group, is a sailboat. We chose that because it’s a perfect picture of how we feel about serving Continue Reading…

Naked

i don’t have a monopoly on words. i realize that i’m not the only writer in the world. there was a time when that immobilized me. i quit writing because i felt like my words couldn’t hold their own in a world where people can so freely express themselves. but that wasn’t the right reason. Continue Reading…

Standing in Victory

  But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. John 21:4 (NASB)   It was Sunday morning and she would normally be in church. But not this Sunday. She was mad at God and tired of pretending to be the perfect Continue Reading…

The comma of grace.

As I’ve written about before, one Easter I got into a bit of a yelling match with a guy in a visor at an Easter egg hunt. The whole thing was exactly how Jesus imagined us honoring that day. We were at my in-laws country club, which always makes me feel a little weird. We’re Continue Reading…

The Virtue of Gratitude

In our modern, hectic society, what once was looked upon as the rule has, woefully, become the exception.  Manners, once, were second-natured.  Today, we look upon an act of kindness, a “second-mile” deed as out of the ordinary or exceptional in nature.    How can it be that in only a generation an act of kindness Continue Reading…