American Idol

I’ll have to admit that I love the show American Idol. It’s magical when ordinary folk see their dreams come true. It’s the old rags-to-riches story. With American Idol, the fantasy becomes reality for some fortunate young talents. The term “American idol” can have much deeper meaning. When I think…

Emotions

Do you consider yourself an emotional person? Are your highs high and your lows low? Do you love to laugh, yet easily shed a tear over the heartbreak of another? Does a toddler warm your heart, and does a puppy melt you? Do you hate good-byes? Do you get uber-excited…

It’s About Time

It’s that time of year – time for proms, graduations, and high school or college reunions. It’s time for new beginnings, celebration, reflection, and remembrance. It’s a good time. This year will mark 40 years since I’ve graduated from high school. While I’m unable to attend the reunion festivities in…

There Are No Words

We just returned from a wildly successful fishing trip to Kentucky Lake. “Wildly successful” had nothing to do with the fishing; our catch was pretty meager. We succeeded in having an absolute blast with our children, and that’s as good as it can get.  Our son-in-law has not done a…

A Precious Deposit

A dear friend often says that her longing for heaven increases with each deposit made. She’s referring to the passing of her mother, then her father, into eternity and her desire to join them there. Knowing this dear friend’s love for our Lord, I know she will run to His…

No Regrets

We only get one shot at life. There are no do-overs. Get it right or live to regret it. When it comes to parenting, we need to get it right.  When it comes to our parents, we need to get it right. We are called to honor our mother and…

Super Hero

Every time the Super Bowl rolls around I am reminded of Super Bowl 2000. This classic match-up was between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. We were living in St. Louis at the time, so we were very much caught up in the excitement. My husband and I…

Open the Box

There’s nothing sweeter than sharing worship with others from various denominations, walks of life or ethnic backgrounds. It’s sweet because it is a picture of heaven, a menagerie of humanity born and called to one purpose – to glorify God. I’ve experienced this diversity through Women of Faith conferences, participation…

What’s Real?

As I’ve shared with you in “My Beginnings in Grace,” there was no money in my growing-up household. My parents rented a small farm, so there was a lot of work and not a lot of income.  Like with most children, I thought Christmas was absolutely magical. Now that I’ve…