Seriously Siri, Shush

It’s hard enough to be a preacher’s wife/Bible teacher/Christian blogger and speaker without the thought that someone is listening to me while I’m in my own home. I have an incredibly busy husband and I raised sons. I’ve grown accustomed to being ignored, and I kind of like it.  But not by Siri. She listens […]

God’s People Need a Time-out

All kids need a time-out once in a while.  We had a chair in the utility room that served that purpose. The only things to look at back there were the washer and dryer. The “fun” was a few yards away, and the offender could hear it but not be part of it.  Fifteen minutes […]

Small Things That Aren’t

Everyone in Dallas was talking about the hug.  The video has been seen around the world by millions of viewers. Much has been said about the story, but I wanted to write about that hug and why the moment was so powerful.  I believe we saw Jesus manifested in that hug.  I think a grieving, […]

Christian-ish

A friend called me this week with a few questions about a Bible study app that she and her child were doing together. It is popular and very well done. But, there were a few flags in terms of what was taught, or rather, what was not taught. She just had a bit of a […]

The Voice of Your Inner Thoughts

I watched the Emmy Awards Sunday night with a different kind of interest. It might have been because I am teaching from Corinthians this year and am often amazed at the cultural comparisons.  The program itself was not very good. Hollywood can’t settle on a host for the show, nor can they settle on any […]

The Future Looks Good

I saw a picture of a college worship service and had to smile. Many of the stories we see about young people have to do with something like vaping, phone usage, or maybe the lone child who sets up a charity to help others.  Have you been worried about the next generation?  If so, look […]

Where were you that day?

I dropped my sons off at school and was back home, cleaning my kitchen. I chose to watch Good Morning America for some company but quickly noticed something big had happened.  I walked over to the back of the sofa with a dish towel in my hands so I could see the television better. The […]

Midland: A people, more than a place

My husband was asked to be the interim preacher for First Baptist Midland in 1988. I remember the first weekend I decided to go with him.  Ryan was two and Craig was three months old. I packed clothes, diapers, bottles, toys, the portable crib, and plenty of snacks for the six-hour road trip to West […]

One Day, Two Stories, No Words

I received an email telling me that the horrific story I had listened to on the morning news had happened to a family I knew. I had been praying for the people involved, not knowing one of them was a woman I teach in Bible study. Sometimes evil has a face. My friend’s family was […]

New Every Morning

I raised two sons and, years ago, taught second grade. I remember clearly the excitement, stress, and potential the phrase “back-to-school” used to mean.  This is a big week for a lot of people, but it is just another week for a lot of people as well. For some, “back-to-school” means huge changes to the […]