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Are You Ready To See THE “Fixer Upper?”

Restoration. Have you noticed our culture’s obsession? This “before and after” movement? Restoration Fascination. It’s a thing.  Truly. Chip and Joanna Gaines are living proof that we are hungry for the story of “restored”.  Our  human nature is drawn to and delights in old made, not just new, but better-than-imagined-new.  Stunning.  Unthinkable. Remarkable.  And although … Continue reading

“Lord, do something!”

“Christ has come and He has come to you.  Look for the darkness and head that way. That is where He will shine the brightest and is needed most.” – Louie Giglio I find myself praying for the Lord to intervene in these dark times.  I ask Him to bring peace.  I plead Him to … Continue reading

The Coffee-Drinking Dog, Bowzer

Saturday night we visited dear friends for games and desserts. Our evening was marked by ice cream, brownies, cards, competition and countless giggles. Our festivities were also enjoyed by the family dog, Bowzer, and his relentless pursuit of all things sugar. Bowzer is a four-year-old Beagle who barks like a Police-trained K9 when strangers pull into … 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

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

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

When The Wine Runs Out

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.  When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”.. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” … Continue reading

Five Letters Left On My Table

I sat in church.  About ten rows back from stage left.  Bible bag at my feet.  A purple pen in my hand.  A journal in my lap. And God spoke. His voice … unrelated to what going on around me.  Not pertaining to my pastor’s message.  The Lord spoke an unmistakable, inaudible Word – His … Continue reading

When Hope Makes No Sense

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20 My heart, heavy as an anchor on the murky bottom of the Tennessee River, cries out for … Continue reading

A Gray Bin At The End Of My Rope

The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all he has made.  Psalm 145:9 So maybe I am being too hard on myself, but a short 48 hours ago, I was ready to call myself in and schedule a counseling appointment.  My diagnosis?  The least-effective-mom-on-the-planet. But can I tell you a little story? … Continue reading