Shoes for the journey

I’m out at the lake, finishing a book. It is quiet, beautiful, and, well, “lake-ish.”  At home, I walk in my tennis shoes, but out here I wear my favorite hiking shoes. I love my Merrell’s. They are broken in. They have a steel shank with a good, sturdy sole, and the fit keeps little […]

I might have been a Pharisee

Except for the fact I’m a woman, I might have been a Pharisee.  I’m a big fan of rules, but one of theirs was “no women allowed.”  Other than that, there is a lot about their lives I might have appreciated. But Jesus didn’t appreciate much about them at all, and that gives me food […]

It’s time to get out of the boat

Don’t you feel like you are almost to the end of a very long tunnel?  It’s been a tough journey, but we expect it will be lighter, warmer, and easier very soon.  Texas had a week of Snowmageddon and the next week it was spring. Now, there are early flowers blooming and patches of green.  […]

What do you hope for?

I was able to get my first vaccine, and I drove home with a scheduled date for my second shot—and lots of hope. We have a lot to look forward to in the months ahead—probably. It is a unique joy when an unknowable hope becomes a reality. I’m thrilled that I will be vaccinated and […]

Bible study: You are all invited!

I began this summer discouraged about the fall, but now I’m excited to see what the Lord has planned.  I’ve been teaching Bible study for almost thirty years and this is a first: I’m combining my local Bible studies this year into one virtual format and inviting all of you to join us.  We realized […]

We are citizens of heaven

The verse jumped off the page when I read it last week. I’ve thought about it so many times since that I felt like the Lord wanted me to write this blog on the subject. The American flag has hung in my driveway for the past week. I also lined my drive with smaller versions […]

I Know Your Ministry

What is your ministry? God has given you a ministry, and, because of 2 Corinthians 5, I know what it is.  I don’t have to know you, and I don’t even need to know your gifts and talents.  I can confidently tell you what your ministry should be. What is your ministry?  I’ve always answered […]

Bible Hacks

It’s funny how words can evolve to take on different meanings. The word hack used to describe the sound of a person’s cough. Now we most often use the word to describe an idea that makes our life easier. A lot of words have evolved and changed over time, and there will never be an […]

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 […]

The Happiest States in America

I read a USA Today article and was surprised to find that I don’t live in one of the happiest states in America. You probably don’t either. In fact, I was really surprised by the results I read in the article.  Suffice it to say that the Bible Belt was excluded. Which states made the […]