Filed under Encouragement

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

The Reason I Gave Up Gum

I should have known the morning of my 7th grade in-school detention.  I had a problem. There I sat, confined by glass, in the main hallway of my small-town middle school, writing this sentence all day long: “The gum chewing student and the cud chewing cow both look-alike somehow.  But there is a difference.  Oh, … Continue reading

Why Prayer Matters

A few months back, Luke came downstairs holding a pajama top in his hand. He held up his shirt to me and voiced his one word grunt for everything he needs, “Ugh!” “Do you need Mommy to help you, Luke?” We had done this a hundred times. My mommy plea to encourage my then four-year-old … Continue reading

Jesus & Joe {He’s In Your Boat}

Jesus & Joe: A Coffee Devotional As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, … Continue reading

It is possible…

I asked The Lord to give me this boy and He GRANTED me my request. 1 Samuel 1:27 I feel very impressed to publish a proclamation of encouragement today for anyone fearful of infertility or in the thick of the battle… With God all things are possible. I sat across from a doctor who looked … Continue reading

“Talk To Me.”

Our 7am morning run begins the same… Jody and I lock our car doors parked at the Presbyterian church, swing our arms and step one tired foot in front of the other — shaking off the dust from a long night’s sleep. We run early.  Which means very little coffee has made its way to my limbs. … Continue reading

You are the one. You.

We spent a weekend tucked away with a cabin full of young adults.  It was a weekend retreat at the edge of Cades Coves National Park.  A weekend to build up, pour into and say thank you to the point leaders of the Young Adult Ministry of our church. We sat circled around the cedar wood … Continue reading

The day I broke up with Bible studies

We met at Einstein’s bagels, a girlfriend and I.  We sat in the thick aroma of coffee beans and cinnamon and she laid it all on the table. Book after book after uncompleted book.  My friend thumbed through each one – showing me the 12 pages she completed of this book and the third she’d … Continue reading

Bring Your Babies To Jesus

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them… Luke 18:15 Here’s a snap shot from my conversation with Luke last night while at the ball field: Luke: (pointing to center field) God is out there. Me:  Yes. And right here (pointing right). And right there (pointing left). He’s everywhere! Luke: giggles… … Continue reading