It is Still Raining

Last fall our area experienced what was called a 100 year flood.  It rained for days and days.  My kids looked out the windows often and reported incredulously, “It. Is. STILL. Raining!” It was really unbelievable how much water was dumped on parts of our state in a very short period of time, causing a…

Don’t Judge Me

I have a couple littles at my house that are crazy about bacon.  It’s an unnatural love for pork that I find somewhat disturbing, but nonetheless, it is what it is.  Recently I cooked a plate of bacon for breakfast and one of my littles, who gets up before the rest of the house, “called…

Independence Day

Two-hundred and forty years ago The United States of America was willed into existence as our forefathers adopted the Declaration of Independence declaring us a new nation free from the chains of England.  But it took much more than the Declaration to give us our freedoms.  It took a war.  A very high price was…

A Lifetime of Moments in an Evening

Sunday night was an incredible evening for my family.  Our 13 year old daughter with Autism and an Intellectual Disability was baptized.  In our church tradition we only bring individuals into full membership of our church after they have taken the step of baptism based on their belief in the saving knowledge of Christ. There…

Autism Podcast: Autism Education and the Church (Part 3)

This is the last installment of my recent interview.  The podcast is a 3 part series on Autism. The 3rd episode, called Autism Education and the Church is now available on itunes. I was interviewed by my good friend Joy Anisa, who lives in NC and is a wonderful speaker and author. If you don’t…

Reflections of a Preacher’s Wife

Today is my 18th wedding anniversary. My husband was already a preacher when I married him and so my life has been on display before a congregation of people since before I said “I do”. All these years later we have ministered in many settings to multiple congregations and have been blessed with 5 great…

Afraid to go Home

Sometimes I will see my kids do something and I’m suddenly transported back to my childhood. Today I was reminded of an incident with my twin brother. We were at my Grandmother’s house and were about 4 or 5 years old. We were playing in Grandmother’s garden. He had a rake and I had a…

The Frozen Heart: Post-it Note #127

This was originally shared at a meeting for pastor’s wives a few weeks ago.  Although the audience was specific, it has much broader application, reaching to any person in the church.  If you’ve ever been hurt by another believer, then I think you will find it hits very close to home. The Frozen Heart How…

When the Mighty Fall: Post-it Note #125

I have 5 kids.  I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen one take a tumble.  They fall down.  They jump up.  They go on.  This week one of my littles left something lying on the floor (no big surprise there).  I didn’t see it and I stepped on it.  Before you…

A Sacred Trust: Post-it Note #112

Sometimes when my kids go places without me I’ll say something like, “Have a good time.  Be good.  I trust you to act like I want you too.”  Raising kids that “behave” is not an easy task.  Kids are kids and they act like kids, but as they grow up we want them to act…

The Prison Break: Post-it Note #103

I recently referenced Acts 12 in Post-it Note #101 about Peter’s miraculous escape from prison due to the faithful prayers of the church.  But that passage had a powerful and unexpected application for me this week.   On Monday I received some very troubling news.  If was hard to take and I’ll admit it….I feel apart. …

Learning to say “NO”: Post-it Note #82

If you’re a parent, you probably have lots of practice saying “NO”.  No – you can’t turn a flip off the trampoline into the pool.  No – you can’t eat 5 Twinkies before supper.  No – you can’t go away for a weekend with your friends.  No – you can’t have any money.  No –…