We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Are you ready for the challenges life will bring you as you grow into adulthood and maturity? How old do you have to be in order to face and defeat the giant of the unknown? What will it take for you to be successful? These are ...[Read More]
The faith required for preparation Sometimes God calls us to run marathons. Marathons of faith. I have never actually participated in a marathon. I once almost finished a 5K. ‘Almost’ is a loose term … don’t look up the footage, thanks. But, if I understand this marathon business correctly it requires training. I imagine for a long time. More than just days or weeks … months. And on the day you de ...[Read More]
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]
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 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 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 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]
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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]
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