My Tangled-Up Roots

I grew up in a little United Methodist Church that my Granny attended every Sunday long before I was a thought. My mother, being a good daughter-in-law, joined her. The men-folk really didn’t go to church, especially during ‘deer season.’ My memories of church in those days included early morning Sunday school taught by someone’s mom and sitting in church trying not to get in trouble. One particular service, as I’ve been told, I stood up on the pew and shouted back at the pastor to “hush!” Needless to say, I also have some memories of being drug out to the front steps during service. My mom once told me later that if she wanted to put me in the church’s nursery that she would have to go teach it, then missing church to begin with. After service, the whole family, cousins and parents would go back to Granny’s house for lunch. That’s where the men would be.

My mother was the first strong woman from my memories. She was Read more


Multiple Dimensions of NOLA

IMG_4625I live in New Orleans; city of festivals, Mardi Gras, tourism, Cajun food, and jazz music. The one year anniversary of taking faith steps of moving here is around the corner. The city and I have become good friends, quickly. I slid right into step with the culture. Although I’m not native I am proud to now consider myself a local. I can give you directions and tell you the best places to eat. I have bowls of beads on my table. I know not to wear flip-flops to the quarter. I’ve experienced roaches bigger than my dog and been swarmed by termites.  I’ve also become pretty much ok with being soaked with sweat any given day of the very long summer.

Put Me In Coach!

Over the last year I’ve been Read more

Day 5: Tithing

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10

And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful! Psalm 90:17

And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:13

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Open Letter to My Friends about Starbucks.

Dear Friends,

Peppermint MochaI’m starting to get excited about the upcoming holidays! I’m looking forward to eating myself into a stupor for Thanksgiving while trying to remember all the ways I’m thankful. I’m looking forward to the smells of cinnamon and pine in the air. I’m looking forward to glitter and sparkle. I’m looking forward to that awful Christmas music that we all love and hate. (You know you sing along). I’m also looking forward to my Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. Read more

Lessons from C.S. Lewis on a Greek Island

IMG_3629I’m always in awe how God speaks to me. He seems to give me answers to questions I haven’t asked yet. For example, whenever there is a controversy in the news (which let’s face it, is often), somehow it aligns to either where I am in my Bible, a recent sermon, or in study that I am doing. Currently for my travels to Greece, I brought the C.S. Lewis collection with me and I’ve started with Mere Christianity.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Kim Davis is making a mockery out of Christians. Read more

Pray for One

God please give me one person to share your love with, Amen!

… and then we are sitting at a bar…

Encouraged by leadership and mission of Manchester Christian Church, my husband and I have been praying for one person to share God’s love with and to be a light. Our small group has also been focusing on this mission and prayed for God to prepare the hearts of co-workers before we moved to NOLA. We have this as one of our family’s missions: individually, in our marriage, and anywhere or how God wants to use us. We’re also very human and have all the uncomfortable and too comfortable flaws that come with being human. Sometimes we forget or lose momentum in the prayer and have to remind ourselves and refocus. We submitted a prayer request, for one, with a new church, Vintage Church New Orleans, we attended and we prayed it together in our final prayer that evening.

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Faith restored in Marriage

Ahhhh, Marriage. Tis the season. Over the last month, my husband and I have been traveling for two very special celebrations. One was a 40th wedding anniversary and the other was for a wedding day. It was such a honor to participate in the start of one marriage and get a preview to a long lasting one. Today, I went to a baby shower.

Unless you live under a rock, marriage has been a hot topic recently. Both “biblical” marriage and “same-sex” marriage have been buttons that most people haven’t been graciously responding to and there have been some missed opportunities for people to show each other love and simple considerations. Read more

My Testimony: Seasons of Divorce and Marriage

It was just another cold snowy New England winter. I was leftovers of a broken marriage, living in a wretched apartment, piled under crippling amounts of debt. All I had was, Jacquin, my Golden Retriever and the relationship that was being mended with God. Marriage was the most difficult thing I had ever done and I never expected to ever do it again. Quite frankly, I never wanted to do that again. It was too painful. It wasn’t worth it. People lie, break promises and hurt each other. Read more

Accountable to Love

…take up your cross and follow me. Jesus

As Christians we are to strive to be Christ-like. Jesus very specifically says the second most important commandment of God is to Love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:39). To be Christ-like is being of the same mind, same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. With humility, we are called to regard one another as more important than ourselves, looking out for the interests of others (Phil 2:2-5) submitting to one another (Eph 5:21). To love is to show patience, kindness and to not be boastful, arrogant, rude… love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things (1 Cor 13).  Love also keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:6). If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions (Matt 6:15). Hate the sin, love the person (Rom 12:9-10).

Then there’s the world that is presented to us by the media.

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Coffee, crepes, and conversation

Que Sera

I’m finding that God is constantly preparing me for what is to come. I do see His handy work in hindsight and get overwhelmed with feelings of being cared for and loved. He doesn’t always reveal what is around the corner and a lesson that He’s teaching me is to live for today by being present. This is a huge challenge for me since I’ve always planned my next move by living in five-year plans. Ironically, I haven’t had one five-year plan come to fruition. This is not due to failure but unexpected events, opportunities, and directions in life. Now with this new surrendered life, I’m letting myself be open to God’s plan for me and whatever that brings. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34. So now I find myself singing “Que Sera, Sera… whatever will be will be, the future is not ours to see…” Read more