There's a lot of chatter in our churches about producing fruit. We need to be attached to the vine so we produce good fruit. We judge church health by the fruit its members produce and by what fruit we see coming out of it. I think producing fruit has become the measurement of success for … Continue reading What Fruit Are You Eating?
Did you hear about the man who when asked, "How are you?" responded with "Not bad under the circumstances." Then his questioner laughed and said, "What in the world are you doing under there?" If there is one thing the Lord has pressed on my heart over the last 2 years dealing with this tumor, … Continue reading Under the Circumstances
I've heard this verse one thousand times and never really truly understood it. I accepted it as truth simply because it's God's Word. Infallible. Always true. I've even quoted it to people going through a tough time to remind them to hope in the Lord. God's got this, right? It wasn't until I experienced my … Continue reading Romans 8:28 in New Light
I am a cancer survivor. We hear that statement a lot these days. It's a war cry associated with various colored ribbons that immediately identifies a person as someone who overcame something difficult. Someone who survived a dreaded disease. Someone who deserves a pat on the back and recognition. If you've ever had a bout … Continue reading I Am Not Just A Survivor
Grief is a funny little thing. You never know when it's going to hit you or what event is going to trigger it. I'm 141 days into losing my larynx to a cancerous tumor. Some days are better than others, but the grief still hits me. Last night grief arrived as I watched a video … Continue reading Holy Holy Holy Is the Lord God Almighty
A lot has been written and taught on prayer over the years. My personal book shelf holds thousands of pages on the topic. How to pray more effectively. How to pray the best more fervent prayers. How to get better results when we pray. Visit any Christian book website or brick and mortar store and … Continue reading Lord, Teach Us to Pray
119 days post life changing surgery and for the most part I'm doing well. I'm healing. Physically, mentally and spiritually, the pieces are slowly being put back together. I'm adjusting to a new normal as one who breathes from my neck instead of my nose. Most days we are in a groove. I've even started … Continue reading Take Off Your Sandals
The surgery coordinator called last week. This surgery has potential to change my life completely. One way or another, life will never be the same. When I got off the phone, my emotions were a whirlwind. The finality of it all overwhelmed me. I've prayed against, thought about and claimed victory over this day for … Continue reading Power Position of the Cross
Does the Lord ever surprise you? Truly? Does He ever just open up heaven and amaze you with His goodness? I've been walking with the Lord all my life. I was 11 years old when He knocked on my heart's door and said, "Beloved, come to me." As I've matured in my faith and fellowship, … Continue reading Why Am I Surprised?
As I watch my daughter grow up, I am reminded of my own childhood. I see so much of my little girl self in her. Adventurous. Bold. Strong. Funny. Kind. Thoughtful. I watch the way my daughter plays and it brings back my own childhood fantasy play. While she's playing out Minecraft stories and pretending … Continue reading A Conversation About Beauty