Be Persistent!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, Hebrews 12:1 NIV Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should alwaysContinue reading “Be Persistent!”

The Winds of Change, Again…

 Last year this time was a bit chaotic in my household. I wrote about the winds of change as my oldest son prepared to graduate high school and we joyfully prepared for his move out of state. I’d accepted a promotion; my husband started a new job and we were excited about what the futureContinue reading “The Winds of Change, Again…”

Lessons From My Mother…

She watches over the affairs of her household     and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed;     her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:27-28 NIV     I’ll admit I’d been dreading this weekend for weeks. Losing my mother at the first of March, I was keenlyContinue reading “Lessons From My Mother…”

Home…

When I drove to my hometown in January, I had no idea of what lay ahead. What I thought would be a day trip, a weekend at most, would evolve into something completely different. My mother and I spoke of the azaleas blooming all over. Lavender and hot pink azaleas were ablaze in her yard.Continue reading “Home…”

Trials…

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously toContinue reading “Trials…”

New Year, New You?

He put a new song in my mouth,     a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord     and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one     who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud,     to those who turn aside to false gods. Psalm 40:3-4 NIVContinue reading “New Year, New You?”

Goodwill to Men…Crossing the Bridge with Susan and Andy

He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:16-19 NIV  Then the womanContinue reading “Goodwill to Men…Crossing the Bridge with Susan and Andy”

Evergreen!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD. And whose hope is in the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in theContinue reading “Evergreen!”

The State of Our Union… (Dear Susan 11-18-2016)

Like most people in our nation, I awoke last week to learn Donald Trump was our new president-elect. I’d like to say that I was surprised. But, I wasn’t. Donald Trump is a very strategic business man and quantifiable “deal maker.” He knew exactly what to say and how to say it to get elected.Continue reading “The State of Our Union… (Dear Susan 11-18-2016)”

A Beatitude of Gratitude

Living in the “Bible Belt”  I read many a church sign while driving. Some of them are rather witty and others are down right weird. I did come across one that I liked a lot. It read,  “A GRATEFUL MIND IS A GREAT MIND.” As I reflected on that particular sign I thought about my variousContinue reading “A Beatitude of Gratitude”