Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends

“I don’t talk to them,” my niece Michelle casually stated as we drove by a group of girls near her middle school. “What do you mean?” I asked. “You don’t know them?” “No, I know them. They are the popular girls, everyone knows them. I just don’t talk to them.”...
Embrace the Cross

Embrace the Cross

Most of the major religions throughout history have had emblems or symbols to distinguish themselves from other faiths. Judaism has the Star of David, Buddhism the Wheel of Dharma, Islam the Star and Crescent, and on and on it goes. But Christianity has a totally...
Never Say Never

Never Say Never

I was never going to homeschool my girls.  It just wasn’t for me.  My older siblings all homeschooled their children, and my husband and I firmly agreed that wasn’t for our family.  I’m that mom that cheered when her kids got on the school bus. ...
Why I Won’t Just “Get Over It”

Why I Won’t Just “Get Over It”

Just get over it. Why can’t you move on? Expectations echo in my head. Getting over it is what we’re supposed it do. Something happens, and then we get over it, right? My self-talk isn’t working. The ache in my heart argues back, won’t let me ignore, won’t let me move...
Lenses

Lenses

“Who wants to go to town?” Mom asked as she loaded a new roll of film in her camera and stuck a notepad in her purse. I was the first to exclaim, “ME!!” Mom worked for the newspaper. The editor wanted her to write a “human interest” story, and he needed it completed...
Influence: The Secrets of Salt and Light

Influence: The Secrets of Salt and Light

I love our mission statement at Lifeway Church: Know Christ!Experience Connection!Discover Purpose!Impact Lives! It’s that fourth bullet point that I want to zero in on with my blog today. I am sensing that God has been profoundly speaking to Lifeway Church. Two of...
Live Worthy

Live Worthy

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal...
Today Only Happens Once

Today Only Happens Once

Have you ever started your day in the best mood only to have it quickly shattered by the world? Maybe your boss is in a bad mood.Maybe your children are fighting.Maybe your marriage is in a difficult place.Maybe you received notice of your child’s school closing down...
What If I Didn’t Get Healed?

What If I Didn’t Get Healed?

Have you ever received prayer for healing and had faith that God would heal you—yet you walked away unhealed? Have you stood in the prayer lines, excited and hopeful, believing this was your night—only to return home unchanged? I have. In fact, I have struggled with...
Shattered Beauty

Shattered Beauty

Mrs. Dunlap, my teacher at the one-room school, thought long and hard about a craft we could do for Mother’s Day. For Christmas we had made and painted candle holders out of Plaster-Of-Paris. Last year we painted a shapely jelly jar with paint that cracked and made...