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Life Is Not a Lipstick

Life Is Not a Lipstick

Go to a store and observe how girls choose a lipstick. Some like it red. Some like it pink. Some like all sorts of colors. Some like none. Some girls may wear expensive brand names, while others are just looking for another lipstick. It may be a matter of opinion or budget, but the fact is that some girls have to have it. This popular product comes in different shapes, sizes, and scents. It keeps ...[Read More]

BEST DAY Ever: Number 2673

BEST DAY Ever: Number 2673

I am such a wimp. Seriously. Who knew I’d be living in The Last Frontier, embracing and relishing the cold and snow and doing things like flying four-wheelers down a narrow, bumpy, muddy trail through moose and bear country, then pausing said wild ride to pick blueberries on the trail with my fellow female trailblazers. If you had told me I’d hold fairly limited qualms regarding the use of h ...[Read More]

Are You Fit to Lead?

Are You Fit to Lead?

I grew up playing simple games like Red Rover, Hide and Seek, Red Light Green Light, and Simon Says during recess and after school with my neighborhood tribe. Simon Says was a fave with us Big Kids. I relished tripping the littles up. The hardest one? Rub your belly and pat your head at the same time, except I’d demand the one and do the opposite; I’d pat my belly and rub my head. This sneaky swit ...[Read More]

The Master of Thunder

The Master of Thunder

The master of thunder Our trustworthy father While our parents have spent much of our lives reassuring us of the scary things that go bump in the night, during times like these they just may be the ones who need reassuring. Recently I watched my niece and nephew and my son for a few days while my sister and her husband went on an anniversary getaway trip. On a Friday night in Arkansas the storm wa ...[Read More]

It’s Time to Raise Your Ebenezer

It’s Time to Raise Your Ebenezer

It’s been a tough week, hasn’t it? The media has bombarded us with stories of hate and violence and fear. People behaving badly and taking out their rage and anger on the innocent and the helpers. The news and Facebook leave us empty and confused and worried. Our brows furrow and deepen as we ask ourselves the question, “Could this happen here? Has the world gone mad? Is this the end?” And then we ...[Read More]

Bold Peace

Bold Peace

Bold Peace A time such as this You were born for a time such as this. Right now a storm is brewing and it’s breaking forth. It doesn’t matter where you fall in your beliefs the storm is still here. It’s scattered and it’s messy. I live in Lafayette, Louisiana and it’s as though I can hear the thunder from the distance just down the interstate in Baton Rouge. Signaling a storm that is raging. And i ...[Read More]

Check Your Gaze, Girls

Check Your Gaze, Girls

I will never poke fun of Peter again. Ever. Take a few moments to read Matthew 14:13-36. What are your thoughts? Here’s Jesus, feeding five thousand men with a mere five loaves of bread and two fish.  (And that’s not counting the ladies and mass of kids.) Not only that but how many full baskets of broken pieces do the disciples have left over? Twelve. Twelve. A personal feast for each of them. Who ...[Read More]

Lose to Gain – A New Perspective about Life

Lose to Gain – A New Perspective about Life

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?” Mark 8:36 Nobody wants to be called a loser. Yes, it hurts your pride, your self-esteem and quite possibly your perspective of a successful life. It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are, LOSER is not a word that promotes popularity. One day, as Jesus was teaching the crowds and his disciples, he told t ...[Read More]

Freedom, Sweet Freedom

Freedom, Sweet Freedom

Freedom Freedom, sweet freedom. It’s one of the things we most crave as humans. We will fight for it. Die for it. And, yet, do we really understand what it means? When I was young there were times when I felt very unfree. I felt controlled. By the rules and the expectations. I longed to be accountable to no one. Nothing. To just do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. I felt sure my soon co ...[Read More]

Come with Me to the Water

Come with Me to the Water

Come with me to the water, friends. Come with me. This simple statement has echoed in my mind this past week. Over and over, this rhythm of words has hummed through my soul, and this idea of water and washing has pulled me deeper into the Word and placed you on my heart. Water heals and cleanses and purifies, yes? It washes away the dirt and grime, removing the ugly and the nasty and the dirt.  &# ...[Read More]

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