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How Do We Find Balance?

I got a voicemail the other day from one of my dearest friends. She lives in Florida and was heading into town when she called. I want you to hear/read this. She said (hold on – listening to her message and typing quick!…) “Hey Becky, Becky! Hey sweet friend! I just read your One Thing … Continue reading

One Necessary Thing for the Holidays {II}

Imagine yourself standing in a long checkout line at Target. To pass the time you begin to browse the magazines. You have no children with you, the nanny has them all at home practicing violin (hey – this is fiction…let’s make it good) so you grab a “grown-up” candy bar to share with absolutely no … Continue reading

When Things Are Changing

Immutable: (def) not capable of or susceptible to change I must confess, “immutable” is not a word in my everyday lingo. And I suppose it is not a common word because it is not a common concept. Can you think of many things in your life that are not capable to change? I can’t. My … Continue reading

A Taste of Heaven

Some would think that a house full of women, closed in confined spaces for a full weekend might mean trouble. Conflict. Comparison. Catty-ness. Cruelty. And they might be right if watching some reality show on Bravo. But, put thirty or more women, Jesus-lovin’ women, in a house together. One full weekend. And what do you … Continue reading

He Makes Beautiful Things

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3 God makes beauty from all of our ashes: the dust and ruin of our brokenness. The pain of … Continue reading

Cloudy with a 100% Chance of Jesus

In East Tennessee, nothing creates a buzz quicker than the four-letter “S” word. You know the word. S-N-O-W At its utterance, this town immediately heads to Wal-mart, the salt trucks pull out and schools begin to cancel. Often times before the first flake has fallen. (Knoxvillians – isn’t it so true?!)Well, with one exception: my … Continue reading

Protection No Pistol Can Offer

I grew up in East Tennessee. A little town on the outskirts of Knoxville. My sister, my mom and me. My grandmother lived next door. Mom and Dad had divorced. Papaw died when I was three. Four females. In the back roads of Tennessee. One night I woke to my mother standing beside my bedroom … Continue reading

And While You’re Waiting…

Waiting. I am not a woman who is naturally inclined to wait. My daddy says I shot out of the womb wondering what we were going to do next. Let’s get movin’. We live in a culture that nurtures our natural tendency for instant gratification. Fast food. High speed Internet. 70 MPH Interstates. Books on … Continue reading

In Spite of Cussing and Southern Comfort

There was a time in my life when I stood outside, looking in on the Christian way of life. I was an onlooker. Through the window I could see joy, deep joy, peace, freedom, authentic laughter and meaningful friendships. Christians were fascinating to watch. But I was just that…a watcher. An outsider. By choice. I … Continue reading

When Life Throws a Curveball…

It takes a lot to leave me speechless. A lot. But does life ever throw you such a curve ball that you are at a loss for words? Curveball: n. An unexpected turn of events initiated by an opponent or chance. Well, life has thrown me such a curve ball. And it has taken much … Continue reading