A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The first morning, while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw that her neighbor hanging her laundry outside. ‘That laundry is not very clean’, she said. ‘She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap’ Her husband looked on, but remained silent. […]

I changed my outfit 7 times. What to wear for an evening of patrolling the streets, keeping the peace, and securing the city until the wee hours of the morning? I was going on a ride-along with the LAPD and wanted to be prepared for anything. I settled on jeans, a black top, and of […]

We were so poor – poor people called us poor. We lived in a little shotgun Kentucky house but it was cozy with crisp curtains and hand-sewn slipcovers Mom created with great tenderness and skill. There were always fragrant flowers artfully arranged, big bowls of brightly colored fresh fruit, and yummy homemade treats tempting me […]

Crazy busy, that’s what all driven people should be, right? Not so, this verse speaks to the contrary: “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3 Did you ever have one of […]

“…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13 NIV). Stuck It’s easy to fall prey to the comparison trap and to get stuck spinning wheels and wondering why life is going nowhere. Do you compare your life, home, spouse, children — […]

Yesterday, thirteen precious souls were lost in a head-on collision on a Texas highway. These people were about 10 minutes from the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment where they had spent three days at a Seniors Retreat. It could have been a women’s retreat, men’s retreat, youth event, singles conference…honestly, this hits too close to home […]

When Fear Attacks—Focus on Jesus   Our world is full of people living in fear. Fear of the future, terrorism, ill-health, money woes, relationship blow-ups, and kids’ harmful choices.  There’s no end to the list. As followers of Jesus we face the same issues, but we have a choice:    We can live under the […]

“Have you worn it in the last year?” That’s the question we’re “supposed” to ask when weeding out our old clothes, right? Unfortunately, it’s a pretty easy question to get around: No, but I didn’t have a reason to wear something that dressy. No, but I plan to lose a few pounds. No, but I […]

Through the years, I’ve become an expert at feeling bad. The New Year puts my expert skills in overdrive. I assess my plans & goals for this past year; the things I accomplished and the things I didn’t. I feel great about my successes. The things I’ve failed at, forgotten, or left unfinished? I feel […]

There’s nothing fluffy or cute about beauty. The topic of beauty has become a bloody battlefield. Young girls are being bullied to death over their looks or weight. The lure of online fame compels our daughters and granddaughters to mimic the lifestyles of those that our culture worships and adores. As a communicator who speaks […]

“Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5 I went for a walk one morning filled with dread. As I mulled over what might happen the tears slipped down my cheeks.  Worried and filled with fear, I kept telling myself, and God, that I couldn’t cope if this frightening possibility […]

My first real boyfriend entered my life when I was 16. His name was David and he had great eyes, a great smile, and he was smart and kind. Even better? He had a car. It was a two-door coup with bucket seats and it was painted my favorite color. It easily weaved in and […]

Your Mind: Trap or Trigger? What happens when you start worrying about a situation? Your mind acts like a trap! Like a fly caught in a sticky spider web, worries and fears keep us trapped, fixated on our problems and flooding us with anxiety and stress. Jesus referred to worry five times in just nine […]

As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” I Samuel 18:7&8  Jealousy can clutter a heart just like a pile […]

I was at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and had the opportunity to stand in front of the breathtaking work of Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises. I tried to take it all in—the beauty , the thick layers of paint and the small, bold strokes of color. I studied each individual part of the painting while trying […]