My mom was silent in response to my frantic question of her: Momma, will it be there in the morning? Tears were running down my cheeks as I glanced at the flames greedily licking up the wood walls of our 73-year-old farmhouse. My nine-year-old brain was trying to shut out the undeniable fate of my beautiful canopy bed. My grandmother had recently bought my sister and me a matching bedroom … [Read more...] about How To Not Panic When God Seems Silent
I probably read something of Charles Spurgeon almost everyday. This man was called the Prince of Preachers and was a pastor of a megachurch in England in the mid nineteenth century long before the word megachurch was known. He suffered greatly with health and depression issues throughout his forty year ministry. I have rarely found in one person such sound theology and such a tender, empathetic … [Read more...] about Some Good Thoughts to Ponder by Charles Spurgeon
Why does God allow seasons in life where all we seem to sense is darkness? Gone are the days of easily finding His presence and comfort. Have you been there, my friend? Are you there right now? My husband and I have just come out of nine months of unemployment. Our sham of security wrapped up in Rob's job was shattered when his boss called him into his office and told him he could … [Read more...] about The Dark Night of the Soul
My dad, Jim, sitting on his father Laban's lap, 1947 What does the word hero mean to you? I don't think it should be given to someone who displays a talent in an athletic sport. I don't think a hero is a movie or pop star with flashy clothes and the ability to draw a crowd. Our American culture would disagree vehemently. We are told to scramble to get to the top of the mountain no … [Read more...] about My Unsung Hero
I picked up my fifteen-year-old son from school yesterday and, to my shock, he grinned and said, "Hey, Mom, we haven't had a date in a while. I'll even talk about my feelings if you buy me a meal." With high school graduation just three short years away, I take Chase up on the opportunity to have a date anytime he asks. I don't think I can put a price tag on the conversations we have had … [Read more...] about Storms
I am, by nature, given to introspection, especially as each December 31st rolls around. It is no different this year. I always can hardly believe how quickly the year has gone. Many of us may be looking in anticipation for the next twelve months. Perhaps you will reach a milestone that you have waited for with longing like a graduation or a wedding or the birth of a new baby. 2011 was not an … [Read more...] about Happy New Year!!