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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

A Raisin or a Riesling?

  I am the vine; you are the branches.  John 15:5a Being from East Tennessee, I am not extremely familiar with vineyards. We are shy a few vineyard fields in these parts. But last week I had the privilege of seeing what all God is up to on the west coast. Namely Napa, California where … Continue reading

Lesson Learned On Aisle Nine

Taking three little boys to Wal-mart puts hair on my chest.  I am convinced. Nothing will toughen my nerves faster than the teeth-gritting task of grocery shopping with children. Mom’s are you feeling me on this? I try to do all preparatory things to make our shopping experience as delightful as possible… I give each boy … Continue reading

If Life Pours Rain On The Bypass

Beth and I decided to drive back early. Our She Speaks conference ended late on Saturday evening and we had every intention of leaving early the next day. But we were jazzed on Jesus and more than ready to squeeze our families blue …. surely we would be high as a kites through the mountains … Continue reading

If You Tend To Look Back…

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19 Do you perceive it? The newness coming in with this new year? There is something deep and unspeakable within me that jumps at the thought. 2011 was very long. And dry at times. I would even use … Continue reading

Are You Hurting?

My heart is heavy this morning. There is hurt all around me. Many of my dearest friends are struggling with pain and disappointment -heartache that runs dreadfully deep. I am struggling with my own, as well. Do you know people in pain today? Are you one of them? In a seemingly hopeless world full of … Continue reading

Never Too Young To Cast Our Cares

My little Ethan (sweet face in the middle) has been struggling. Kindergarten has been a very hard adjustment for him. Like, crying when we pull in the parking lot hard. Bottom line, he is afraid. Afraid of messing up and not doing something right, afraid I won’t come back to get him, afraid of the … Continue reading

If You Worry – Read This

Do any of these words describe you? Fearful. Anxious. Apprehensive. Agitated. Concerned. Disquiet. Nervous. Perturbed. Stressed. Uneasy. Dismayed. Edgy. If so, read on… I come from a long line of “hand-wringers.” You know the kind. White-knuckled, worry warts. Trusting the Lord and hand-wringing don’t mix. Be anxious for nothing. Philippians 4:6a Anxious (merimnaō): to be … Continue reading

Hope Deferred At Checkout

Almost every time I leave the grocery store, I exit the same way. Luke, sitting in the front of the buggy, screaming to the top of his little lungs as I push him through the parking lot. Why is he crying as we leave the store? Two words: Hope Deferred. Let me explain. In order … Continue reading