A Glimmer of Hope

“God, I’m tired. I’m weary of the fight. I need something–some encouragement, glimmer of hope, confirmation–anything to let me know that You’ve got this.” These are the words I wrote in my journal this morning when I sat down to study and pray.  Bottom line–I’m discouraged.  If there’s anything I’ve learned in the last couple of years though, it’s this…God has a plan for my life and I’m not in...

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What Do Women Need to Know?

I’m writing to get your input.  I have been talking with some very influential, knowledgeable women about the need for women’s ministry events that instruct women on issues and topics that are of specific importance. What are the issues that you (woman, married/single, stay-at-home mom/ working mom, friend, and/ or daughter) deal with and need help with?  If you were going to take the time to attend a women’s conference or event, what do...

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Holy Anticipation: The Parable of Letting Down the Nets

Holy Anticipation: The Parable of Letting Down the Nets I am at a crossroad.  I don’t know which way to turn.  There are too many questions that need answers…too many decisions to make…too much heaviness…too few resources…it’s just too much! My husband, Gary, and I seem to be living in a state of uncertainty.  It’s as if every conversation that we have leads to the same conclusion.  And the conclusion is “We...

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God is God, and I am not!

I love the beginning of a new year!  It feels like a fresh start.  I don’t like to make New Year’s Resolutions because they usually don’t last very long.  I do, however, like to spend time seeking direction for the coming year.  For 2013, I believe that the direction I’ve been given is this:  God is God, and I am not!   This phrase comes from the book Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically by John MacArthur.  I’m reading the book...

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The Christmas Truce

In 1914, a very unusual Christmas event occurred.  The event actually happened.  After reading this piece during the Christmas season last year at the Pierce Arrow Theater, I had a man tell me that his grandfather was at this event, and he had told his family this story for many years.  I have added my imagination to the literary details of the story, but the historical event is factual.   The Christmas Truce Only one year before, a...

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The Shepherd of the Hills

My favorite novel is “The Shepherd of the Hills” by Harold Bell Wright.  The novel is set in the early Nineteenth Century in the Ozark Mountains about 10 miles from where I live.  It is fictional, but it’s based on some local characters that Mr. Wright met while here in these rugged mountains.  As is not uncommon, the educated stranger to these mountains is taught many important lessons by the regular folks who are born,...

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