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Goodness To Go…

Blog posts came easier for me when the kids were little. Our struggles seemed smaller and God’s grace a little more tangible at times. In my mind, readers wanted stories about improbable babies, baking cookies for neighbors and prayer cards for busy moms. But now that the boys are older and our struggles are different, I … Continue reading

Pour a Second Cup of Joe

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Psalm 16:8 “Why do we have a ‘j’ cup, Mom?” Ethan and I were unloading the dishwasher.  He handed me my two morning coffee cups that sit on a shelf too high for him to … Continue reading

Downloading “YouTruth”

I shuffled crumbs around on my kitchen counter with a damp cloth.  My head tilted into my shoulder, balancing my cell phone as I cleaned up after supper and reflected on a day that I am certain was longer than 24 hours. My friend listened quietly as I pulled up a chair for her – … Continue reading

A Sign Held High For You

The gun fired early on that unseasonably cold March morning.  And off we went.  Ten thousand of my closest runner friends and me at the Knoxville Half Marathon.  The morning was perfect.  A bright sunrise over the stillness of East Tennessee’s prized town. However, when race day falls on a Sunday morning, that poses a “fan-based” … Continue reading

The Game Has Been Cancelled

This spring our lives revolve around baseball.  Three fields on which three boys play two games each week with one practice in between.  That is a lot of time in bleachers and equates to a lot of Big League Chew. But it also means a lot of cancelled games.  Rainy games don’t happen in baseball. … Continue reading

Are You Weighed Down?

As I read my {March} through the Psalms this morning, many words, verses and stanzas made a mark in my heart. But one in particular.  Here’s why… Monday I just felt funky.  Emotionally funky.  Spiritually funky.  Even physically funky. There was no explanation.  Nothing had necessarily happened to make me blue.  But there was an … Continue reading

Hold Up Your Vintage Bag

I stood in the kitchen a few weeks back preparing lunches for the next day. I had my assembly line of “threes” all lined up – 3 granola bars, 3 bags of veggie straws, 3 sandwiches, and 3 tiny Jazz apples all ready to fill 3 lunches for 3 hungry boys the next school day. Ethan came … Continue reading

I Have A Broken Mary

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17 Brent and I came home to the boys in bed.  Miss Claire was waiting for us in the kitchen. … Continue reading

I Run For Mugs

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24 Thanksgiving morning, I woke early to stretch.  At 5:07 AM you would have found me in the living room, Bible on the floor, with my legs sunken deeply … Continue reading