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One Step at a Time: Avoid the Bumps

Children love stories. Grandchildren especially love hearing stories about their parents when they were children. Recently we had the privilege of keeping two of our grandchildren so naturally I shared many stories about their dad as a child. They were always mesmerized when I started one of the narratives. One story was about Joshua when…

Being Present

We are no longer a “present” people. We’re distracted with information at warp speed. We constantly multi-task. We have access to music, movies and sports 24/7. No longer do we have to wait for our favorite television program to appear on the schedule. We can stream it. Now. On demand. How does that affect our…

One Step at a Time: Walking the Walk

A sudden fall took my 86 year old father by surprise. He wasn’t doing anything extraordinary….just fetching a take out pizza. However, the missed step caused him to falter. Several young men saw him fall and quickly ran up to him assisting him in order to get him to his feet. He declared that he…

Nature’s Call: Hummers

The hummingbirds are taking over! The hummingbirds seemed to get a late start this year. Typically they are all a flitter in March or April but they postponed their arrival until June this year. Many friends were even posting on Facebook asking where these little ones were. Nobody knew. But they are here now and…

It Comes to Mind: Helping the Helpless

Recently my husband and I were trying to locate a restaurant in a town other than the place we lived in. We pulled over in the downtown area to check our GPS instructions since they seemed to be leading us to another community. When I looked up a disheveled middle-aged man appeared at my window.…

It Comes to Mind: Helping the Helpless

Recently my husband and I were trying to locate a restaurant in a town other than the place we lived in. We pulled over in the downtown area to check our GPS instructions since they seemed to be leading us to another community. When I looked up a disheveled middle-aged man appeared at my window.…

It Comes to Mind: Containing our Excitement

The excitement was in the air. The conversation was all abuzz last night at church. Vacation Bible School was winding down and children were everywhere. Parents were happily dropping off their children for a few hours of respite. However, the prevailing conversation wasn’t about the Bible or salvation or Jesus. The conversation was about sports.…

It Comes to Mind: Words Matter

I have inherited from my mother the uncanny ability to remember specific spoken words from specific moments in time, even years after the event. Some spoken words were encouraging, but most were not. We seem to feel the lingering effects of those negative moments. Recently I was with a group of ladies who meet together…

It Comes to Mind: 9/11

Why do traumatic events cause us to freeze in time? Everyone that experienced 9/11 twenty years ago remembers where they were and what they were doing. It’s etched into our minds with indelible ink. During that time I was teaching at two different schools. I taught 7th and 8th grade drama in the mornings and…

God Whispers: Home

We married off another son last weekend. It was a sweltering Southern August afternoon outdoors in Mississippi. The wedding was a small gathering. The bride was running a bit late and between the heat and anxiety we were all a bit frayed. However, the moment that that bride began to climb the stairs all anxiety…

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