HOW TO BE THANKFUL WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL THANKFUL

HOW TO BE THANKFUL WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL THANKFUL

In nearly every retail store around, colorful pumpkins of all sizes hold charming fall table cloths in place. Be Thankful and Give Thanks¬†are beautifully stenciled on them announcing the season that’s upon us. But, what if you don’t feel very thankful right now? Yes, we all have something to be thankful for. That’s true. But…

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THE EMPTY SEATS

THE EMPTY SEATS

An unborn child and a mother lie connected in the grave. A toddler’s bed lined with sheets that go unfilled. A pastor’s dreams for his daughter – stolen. Do we feel their pain? A season of goodwill should be budding; ready to burst forth in all its beauty but a dam holds it back. A…

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A CONTEST FOR YOU

A CONTEST FOR YOU

The vibrant leaves that glide gracefully from the tree tops in my neighborhood announce November’s arrival. And I love it. A most wonderful time of year where compassion and generosity are as strong in the air as the smell of pumpkin pie and coffee. Which I also love. There is something else that brings me…

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MOMMY NEEDS JESUS TOO

MOMMY NEEDS JESUS TOO

In order for a person to earn the title of teacher, they must first become a bit of an expert. Extensive education, experience, or both, paves the way for them to one day instruct others. A head chef doesn’t make his way to the top without being a cook first. A chief executive officer doesn’t…

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HOW CAN A NAME BE SO POWERFUL?

HOW CAN A NAME BE SO POWERFUL?

An intense dream gripped me early Sunday morning. MY DREAM SCENE I: I should have known by the ominous looking clouds that something horrible was about to happen. Bathing suit clad bodies were packed so tight in the pool I could hardly make out where my three boys were. My head bobbed and weaved in…

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CHERISH THE CHALLENGES

CHERISH THE CHALLENGES

Do you struggle with a lack of contentment? Are you always looking forward to the next phase expecting it to bring the joy that eluded you in this one? I think we could all say yes at some point in our lives. This was especially true for me when my children were babies and toddlers.…

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DO I HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN?

DO I HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN?

Consistency. It feels so good to type that word. If only being consistent was as easy as typing it. I say it aloud and feel my heart being pulled. Pulled because while I understand the importance of this simple yet complex word, I struggle to maintain it. I always have. My older brother, Flip, would…

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WORDS THAT WOUND

WORDS THAT WOUND

Have your children ever spoken words that left wounds so deep you didn’t know how they’d heal? Mine have. Thankfully, they haven’t been the kind spoken by ungrateful, entitled, and all-knowing teenagers. I’m still a couple of years away from having teenagers and Lord willing, they’ll be far from that description. The words that hurt…

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MANY WATERS

MANY WATERS

Two record breaking hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, occurred within a two-week period and both brought death and destruction. With heavy hearts and awe, we witnessed the mind-blowing power of water. Heroic government officials, first responders, and brave reporters willingly saw it firsthand for our benefit. Thousands of residents had a front row seat as they…

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HEART MATTERS

HEART MATTERS

If you peeked through my quiet time journals to God over the past six years you’ll find this prayer: “Give me perpetual brokenheartedness.” Why, you may ask, would I pray for a broken heart when I should be praying for God to heal my heart? In short, Psalm 51:17 I discovered this beautiful verse at…

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