Can We Be Light in this Darkness?

We hang a Moravian Star in our front bay window yearlong, and of course we are especially mindful of keeping it lit up during this season of darkness, social distancing, and isolation. Into such dark times as we are experiencing Mike and I desperately long to “shine like stars” into our world, somehow even whilst being almost totally invisible. I love this paraphrase of Christ’s words delivered during the Sermon on the Mount: “You’re here…

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What He Did

 I still cannot believe what Christ did. For me. This is Holy Week. It began as Christians all around the world celebrated Palm Sunday – a commemoration of that day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to the cheers and adulation of crowds waving palm branches and singing “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” In mere days those cheers turned into the jeers of angry crowds shouting “Crucify…

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How to Survive April

When I first awaken it all seems like a bad dream — a nightmare full of fearful things I can’t control… Then I realize it’s all real. There is a worldwide pandemic and people are falling sick and dying at an increasing rate every day in my region of the country. I have been quarantined in my home the past 18 days and will be at least for 30 more days — only getting out…

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With One Another in this Place of Sorrow

Whoever heard of a Christmas concert that encouraged lament? A few years ago, Michael Card came to our ancient meetinghouse to share Christmas music. But in the midst of all the joy-to-the-world celebratory songs, this amazing storyteller and musician did something totally unexpected. Card publicly acknowledged that the holidays are a difficult time for many people. He confessed he had been struggling with depression and encouraged us to recognize our griefs and losses at year’s…

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What do you want Me to do for you?

Do you ever just want more? More peace. More purpose. More power. Your desire is calling you deeper. Not to just know all about God but to know Him intimately. That desire from within is a hunger for more of God. The Almighty. The King of kings and Lord of lords. Creator and sustainer of the universe. The One who spun the stars into space and counts every hair on your head. The Man of…

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Why I Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

What if evil hijacked your youth and held you captive for years and years? When escape to a new life was finally achieved, you would vow to stay as far away from your former captors as possible, right? Well, maybe not. Maybe you would choose to return and “conquer evil by doing good.” (Romans 12.21) Patrick was a sixteen-year-old teenager when he was abducted. There were no milk cartons broadcasting his disappearance, no organizations rescuing…

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Is It Time for You to Return?

My friend Ruth Graham went straight for the heart when she shared two years ago at Billy Graham’s funeral:  “Daddy wasn’t God, but he showed me what God was like.” She went on to tell of when she returned to her parents’ home after disobedience and sin, knowing she had made bad choices and hating to disappoint them… and God. “We live on the side of a mountain and as I wound myself up the…

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Lent ~ It’s Not Just Giving Up Chocolate

When I was growing up in south Georgia, my Episcopalian friends Mercer and Lisa always proudly announced this time of year that they were “giving up chocolate for Lent!” I never really knew what that meant. All I knew is that they didn’t seem any holier after doing this, so I kept eating chocolate… Now, I not only know what “Lent” means, I embrace this season – the 40 days prior to our celebration of…

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Because You Asked …

When a new book is released, people have all sorts of questions for the author — not the least of which is “How can I write a book too?” That may have to wait for another blog.. But for now, I’m going to try and answer some of the questions folks have been throwing at me lately… Feel free to pose any of your own questions in the comments. Why did you write Soul Strong?…

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6 Questions Before You Hit “Post”

I’m currently on social media more than normal, which often happens as a new book is being released. But I confess that posting is a delicate dance. I find that balance is important and I often take a whole month offline, just to rest. Yes, I want to make a difference in the world and reach as many as possible with the hope of Christ. But I am not willing to live on social media.…

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My Whole Life in One Short Poem

As I’ve been considering God’s fingerprints on my life thus far, I wanted to find a poem that might be a great summary of so much I have experienced. My idea was to use that poem on the dedication page of my new book “Soul Strong.” I dedicated this book to my own two daughters — Fiona and Maggie — and to daughters everywhere. To Fiona and Maggie I say, “Thank you for listening, loving,…

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No Resolutions, Just One Word…

As we entered a new decade — 2020 — I decided to forego a long list of resolutions. I feared the list would be too long, and the enormity of what was required for achievement would render me immobile. There is nothing wrong with the desire for improvement, setting goals, forming new habits, and finally getting around to much-needed simplifying… But I’ve discovered that the longer my list of resolutions, the quicker I seem to…

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