I didn’t wake up that morning. I had never slept; so I just got up. Weary and a little sweaty from tossing and turning all night, I splashed water on my face and headed downstairs for coffee. I may not have gotten any sleep, but I had finally gotten answers…or so I thought. Normally I would wait for the coffee to… Read More
Open Your Hands
It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;…for he will never be shaken;…He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is upheld, he will not fear. (selections from Psalm 112:6-8) What do you fear the most? What causes your heart to panic or your mind to race? What takes… Read More
Courage? The Audacity!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) I frighten easily. My kids know this and love to walk up behind me, say “boo,” and listen to me scream for a full 30 seconds. Seriously, that’s all it takes to… Read More
Fighting Fires Without Fear
The other night I watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition. In this episode a new house was awarded to a woman who serves as a volunteer firefighter in her community of Bastrop, Texas. While for 27 days she fought the huge fires which destroyed 34,000 acres in Texas in 2011 (the state’s largest fire on record), her own home was burned… Read More
Up in Front of Everyone
A 2001 Gallup poll concluded that the top three fears among women are snakes public speaking tight spaces. What about you? Are any of those your top fears? I’ll admit to being afraid of snakes. But fortunately I’m able to avoid those most of the time. Still, you better believe my eyes are always peeled for snakes as I navigate… Read More
Are You the New Girl in Town?
This time of year our town plays fruit basket turnover. We’re a military town, so folks leave (boo hoo!) and new folks move in (hip hip hooray!). Now I’ve done my share of moving as a pastor’s wife, but my four moves (plus a few local house switches) don’t begin to compare to the multiple moves these families make. I… Read More