Silenced

It has been eight long months since I've last posted. Eight months. If you've read any of my writing, you'll know I only post when I feel inspired and believe God has something to say through me (with an occasional smattering of fun), which would naturally lead you to believe that I haven't been inspired for eight months. That is really far from the truth. Through my writings the last couple … [Read more...]

Reality Check

I work really hard not to fear. My friends and family will tell you I remind them often about the crippling power that fear has, and how to overcome fear with faith. But here's my concern: these attacks are coming more often, touching everyday humans living their everyday life. It's no longer a war being waged 'somewhere over there' with 'those kinds of people'. It's cowardly acts of violence … [Read more...]

Tough Love

On this day, the coaching world lost two of the greats. I didn't have any personal encounters with Pat Summitt, the coach of the Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball team from 1974 to 2012, but I do know she was the winningest D1 basketball coach ever. Ever. Male or female, ever. My parents live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she coached. It's a small, big town with a real college town vibe. … [Read more...]

Distractions

A few months ago I casually listened to a celebrity on a talk show (so casually, I don't remember the celebrity OR the talk show!) as he shared his recent revelation about his own addiction to distraction -- specifically electronic detractors. He is a father with young children and recognized how difficult it was for him to fully engage in anything until he made some drastic changes. Last … [Read more...]

Passion and Persecution

I love the joy of the Christmas season, the twinkling lights, the gifts, the general feel-good of that whole time of year. But I love Passion Week. Palm Sunday to Good Friday, culminating in Resurrection Day ~ Easter Sunday. The whole week is a mirror reflection of real life and it's roller coaster of emotion. One day we're happy and celebrating, and then in a matter of moments we can find … [Read more...]

Spiritual Muscles

This handsome senior has just been accepted into his first choice for college: BAYLOR! (And yes, it was his very own first choice.) As fabulous as that is, and as proud as we are, that isn't the reason for this blog. Two years ago, we were awaiting Baylor's response to Becky's  application and I was in knots. We were living in Minnesota, without a job, trying to move out of Minnesota, … [Read more...]

I Won’t Back Down

My small kitchen television held my attention while mindlessly making dinner last night, once again struck by the magnitude of evil it requires to massacre human beings for any reason. I felt compassion for the people whose lives were forever altered as they began their Wednesday morning like any other before it, not knowing how horrifyingly the day would end. I felt such hurt for the … [Read more...]

We’re Doing It Wrong

Another senseless shooting. More lives lost. Lives that matter, because all lives matter. I may be hasty in my post, because we don't know the real motive of the shooter. We don't know his religious or political bent, or his mental state, aside from the very obvious sickness it requires to massacre fellow human beings. All we do know is that he targeted Christians. And several unassuming, … [Read more...]

My Own War Room

Mike and I recently went to see the movie 'War Room.' We always want to support a movie with a positive, Faith-based message, but this one is special because our friend, Dr. Tony Evans' daughter Priscilla Shirer (a gifted speaker and teacher in her own right) plays the lead. When choosing blog subjects, I generally have to feel led before I compose one, which accounts for there being no … [Read more...]

Pulling Weeds

Here we are in America facing another senseless tragedy at the hands of a deranged killer. I've spent the last day pondering, listening and observing. I've pondered how I should 'weigh in;' I've listened to news reports, people in the grocery store and Starbucks, and even my kids; and I've observed the social media reports and retorts. It's a beautiful Friday afternoon at summer's onset. For … [Read more...]