Remembering to Praise in Hard Times

My husband and I recently attended the funeral of a friend who battled breast cancer for three years. Another friend’s wife is celebrating remission. Our niece was diagnosed with the same cancer in March. She has two young daughters. My heart breaks to see what she is going through. “I have no sil ... [Read More]

Remembering 9/11 and the Aftermath in a City I Love

There is just something about New York City. I live in Alabama, but I have visited New York many times. No matter where you live, it feels familiar. Like a vivid backdrop for pop culture. Times Square, Broadway and Central Park are as much a part of our cultural mindset as our own hometowns. As ... [Read More]

How to Pray For Your Adult Children

Graduation, wedding and birth announcements flooded my Facebook feed. Suddenly, I realized – my life is changing. My kids are both out of the nest, but my heart continues to yearn for God’s best for them. Praying for our adult children is different and challenging from our prayers for them as lit ... [Read More]

Call Me Ms. Controlled Chaos

Checkmate. After almost 28 years of marriage my husband will not play chess with me because I do not play five moves ahead. I live more in the moment. The funny thing is – sometimes I win because it is so unexpected! Of course, chaos predictably does not always turn out so well, and most of the t ... [Read More]

Sticks, Stones and the Value of Kindness

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” ... until they do. We all know the power of a woman’s words. Whether they are used for good or evil, they often cut deep. We learn very early in life that our internal wounds take the longest to heal. I remember hurtful words ... [Read More]

Finding Your Way Back From Grief

Have you ever experienced a disaster which left you paralyzed with grief or loss only to wonder how the world continued to turn and people went about their business as if nothing had happened? Naomi, the mother in law of Ruth, survived a series of disasters. She left Israel due to a famine with ... [Read More]

The Inheritance of Daughters

They fought for their inheritance. We don’t hear about them in our Sunday School classes, but the story of these five sisters is important to me because it reminds me that the Lord loved His people and desired the best for them. Tucked within the book of Numbers is an important reminder of the ... [Read More]

Dare to Make a Difference

Ever think of just the right response … two hours after the conversation? Me too. It is often in our weakest, most fearful moments that opportunities to be daring are found. The Lord loves us and desires to draw near in those moments. In our weakness, He shines brightly if we are willing to be ... [Read More]