Only with God

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family.” (Proverbs 31:15 NIV) During the school year, this verse speaks to me almost every weekday morning as I rise before the sun. The middle school day in our district begins early, and one of my tasks is rousing my thirteen-year-old son. … Read more…

Faith, Parenting, and Faithful Parenting

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) This is one of my favorite verses. A simple, yet complex explanation of faith. Because that is how faith is. So simple, yet so complex. Just look at the second part of the verse, “the evidence of … Read more…

Seeing the Good

Sin. It’s ugly. Actually, that’s not completely true. A lot of sin is not ugly. It’s enticing. It’s fun. Sin itself can be downright attractive because the devil is a deceiver. The results of sin, however, are ugly, and this world can be a whole mess of ugly. Why? That’s a question both the faithful … Read more…

On My Bookshelf: Unscripted by Ernie Johnson Jr.

As a native Georgian and a huge fan the Atlanta Braves, I am very familiar with the name Ernie Johnson (both Jr. and Sr.). The voices of Ernie Johnson Sr., Skip Caray, and Pete van Wieren crackling through the AM Radio were the soundtrack to some of my favorite childhood memories. I grew up a … Read more…

New Year, New You?

I’m the worst at New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you’re like me. I have high hopes and lofty aspirations on January 1. Then, slowly but surely, life gets in the way and my resolve fades. My resolutions are pushed down the to-do list until they drop all the way off. Part of the problem is that … Read more…

Unity in Christ

“We are your church, and we need your power in us.” ~Rend Collective, lyrics from “Build Your Kingdom Here” Sometimes it’s difficult to separate the concept of church from the idea of a building. But the church is not a building; the church is people. The early church didn’t have a designated building. Believers gathered … Read more…

Following Where He Leads

I like predictability. I am a planner and a list-maker. I am not a huge fan of change. Funny how life doesn’t really follow these ideals. And while the Lord is 100% solid and dependable, walking in faith does not follow a predictable plan either. I have had to restate my prayer of “Yes, Lord, … Read more…

Stepping Out In Faith

Recently, we had a chance to visit the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a beautiful place both aesthetically and spiritually. Spiritually, not because Billy Graham is a great evangelist, but because the purpose of the library is to spread the Gospel. At the library the Gospel is shared daily. Billy Graham … Read more…

Five Inexpensive Ways to Practice Self-Care

You grudgingly roll out of bed in the morning after smashing the snooze button two– okay, three or four—times. Your feet hit the floor, and you shuffle to the kitchen for coffee.  You groan at the thought of another day packed with things-to-do. Work, school, house cleaning, kids, practices, laundry, dinner. The long day after … Read more…

The Beauty of Books

I love books! I always have. From the time I could put sounds together to make words, I have been a reader. I love a good fiction book that can take you to another place in the world or another place in time. I also love to read biographies and read about history. I love … Read more…

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