• All Writings,  Life

    Learning to Soar

    In Scripture, God uses so many beautiful analogies to encourage His children. I recently read this verse which compares an eagle and its young to God and his own children: (He cared for them)…like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. Deut. 32:11 
The eagle is a magnificent bird. Its hollow lightweight frame is covered with 7000 feathers that allows it to soar as high as 2 miles above the ground. But the eagle doesn’t start with knowing how to fly; it has to be taught in its early stages of life. Once the…

  • All Writings,  Giftings,  Life

    Budding: A Stage of Beauty

    I have to say, Spring is my favorite season! However, when October rolls around, you might find me saying the same thing about fall. It’s a beautiful toss-up between the two. In the cold silence of the long winter, it seems as if nothing is happening underneath the ground, no life, no fruit; everything is bare and bleak. But now, as the days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, and faint shades of color are attempting to make their entrance from the bushes and the trees, a bud appears, and there’s hope! Something was happening underneath the grave silence after all! Are you in a place of waiting…

  • All Writings,  Life

    In the Same Boat

    Our church has been working though the book of Mark over the past several months. One of the stories that has impacted me most is found in Mark 8. The disciples were in the boat arguing with each other over which one of them forgot to pack the lunch for the trip; all they had was one loaf of bread… …and Jesus… Just before getting into the boat with the disciples, Jesus miraculously fed 4,000 people with only seven loaves of bread. All ate and were satisfied. Jesus’ questions now to the hungry disciples holding the one loaf were as follows, Why are you talking about having no bread?  Do…

  • All Writings,  Giftings,  Life

    The Big Picture

    I walk a lot of golf courses. My son Davis plays for the University of Cincinnati so my husband Mac and I try to attend the tournaments that are reasonably close to home. On the golf paths, in the midst of beautiful scenery, I have learned to pray, and pray, and pray. Most of the time it’s not even about the golf that I’m watching; I just like to take advantage of this allotted time to pray for family, friends, and life issues–really, whatever the Lord brings to mind. BUT, before I sound too holy, I must confess, I do have a competitive streak in me that rises and falls…

  • All Writings,  Life

    5 Benefits of the Christian Life

    I’m not sure why, but early this morning as I was sipping my coffee quietly, an out-of-the-blue question came to my mind: “What’s the benefit of being a Christian?” Within 10 seconds, I came up with 5 reasons why I have chosen, by grace, to walk this daily path. Read and rest in these truths with me: Benefit 1: I have a place to “put my junk.” So much of the time, the things I think, say, or do are just plain wrong, and I know it. The cross of Christ is the place I can pour out my mess, and then walk away clean. If we confess our sins,…

  • All Writings,  Life,  Marriage

    Choosing Rain

    Are you struggling with a relationship right now– a friendship, a parent/child relationship, your marriage? This may sound too simple, but try kindness. Think of your kind words as much needed raindrops falling on a thirsty flower. Very practically, just as a flower cannot survive without water, neither can your relationship survive without kindness. First of all, be willing to humbly push aside any stubbornness, pride, or unforgiveness that exists in your own heart concerning the one you are struggling with. This attitude only keeps the air thick and the clouds dark between you both. Ask yourself, “Am I happy with these ill-feelings; really, am I happy being miserable?” If…

  • All Writings,  Giftings,  Life,  Parenting

    You’re Invited to Listen

    Dear Readers, Not too long ago I had a conversation with Michael Easley on his radio broadcast show called InContext. If you have the opportunity, I welcome you to listen to my thoughts and stories about life and God, highs and lows, messing up and maturing. The interview can be found here: http://michaelincontext.com/listen/ Resting in Him alone.

  • All Writings,  Life

    Faith Is…

    The other morning I woke up extra early. Within minutes, I had numerous thoughts about the upcoming day racing through my mind. When this happens, it is more tiresome for me to lay in bed than to just get on up and sit, be still with the Lord, holding a warm cup of coffee in my hands. So, I rolled out of bed… In the summer, my “quiet place” is a specific spot on the screened-in-porch. On this particular morning, it was still dark outside…very very quiet. Ahhhh. Even though it was dark, I knew the landscaping that existed just beyond the porch:  the crepe myrtles with pink blooms, the…

  • All Writings,  Life

    Flesh vs. Spirit

    Do not quench the Spirit. I Thess. 5:19 Because I believe in Jesus, I know His Spirit lives in me. Over the years of my faith walk, I have grown as a result of: digging into God’s word, trusting it to be true, and then following through with obedience. Sometimes this is as easy as 1-2-3, and sometimes it just plain isn’t. My flesh is still very much alive and, quite frankly, it can work in complete contradiction to the Spirit. To explain, I will share an experience from the other day. Only to make a contrasting point, I will share two Spirit-led “good deeds”from that day. One, I met…

  • All Writings,  Life

    Persevere with Pleasure

    How fitting for the doorknocker to reverberate and my dog to go wild with barking as I sit down to write this post. Over the past two weeks, we have had continual workmen coming in and out of the house due to water damage from the recent ice storm here in middle Tennessee. The first day, a strip of the hardwood floor was pulled up in our den; the second day, more was removed; the third day the kitchen bar and counter top was disassembled; the next and the next day, the kitchen hardwood and the baseboards disappeared. Today it’s part of a wall. Early on in this venture, I…