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Ladder lessons
Last week I worked on a Samaritan’s Purse rebuild project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Samaritan’s Purse uses volunteer crews to repair and rebuild homes damaged in disasters. We were reconstructing houses damaged in a massive flood in 2016. These people have been out of their homes for more than two years.  Before […]

2 Lessons from a Ladder


Jesus' birth
The story is familiar. At Christmas, we remember and celebrate Jesus’ birth: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11-12, ESV). Did you get […]

Christmas: He Was Born for You



The customer service representative was pleasant enough. She repeatedly said, “I’m sorry, but…” I was frustrated after spending a total of two hours on the phone and on chat. I did not feel like I was being heard. I knew I was in the right, and good customer service dictated […]

When ‘I’m Sorry’ Isn’t Enough


Give thanks to the Lord!
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week, the praise song “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” seems especially appropriate. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try listing that many blessings. But given enough time and patience, I’m sure I could come up with more than 10,000 reasons I am thankful […]

10,000 Reasons to Be Thankful



Daddy & little girl walking
As an author, I write characters with wounds and scars. Often those occurred in childhood, they are usually invisible, and they resulted in a lie (or lies) the character believes that affects his or her actions in adulthood. Just like real life. I’m sure I have wounds that have influenced […]

Scars Remind Us of Our History


God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness. Eph. 1:7
Sometimes I think I’m not over my growing pains yet. Remember those aches and pains when you were growing up that your mother called “growing pains”? And those raging emotions over broken friendships, broken hearts, and broken dreams? Yeah, those were growth pains, too. Seems like a long time ago, […]

Growing Pains



My mother
Advice your mother gave you stays with you all your life, right? When I was a college freshman and going on a spring break trip to New York City with friends, my mother sent me off with this advice: “Remember who you are and what you represent.” At the time, […]

Best Advice Mother Ever Gave Me


Montreat gate
When I think of gates, the first one that comes to mind is the archway at the entrance to Montreat, North Carolina. It’s not really a gate anymore since there’s no blockade to prevent you from entering–unless you’re driving a truck. This double stone gateway is barely wide enough for […]

Choosing the Narrow Gate



Parking-never back up
My husband tries to avoid backing up in a parking lot. It’s dangerous, he says. Whenever possible, he chooses a space where he can pull through–not so he can exit faster, but so he can see what’s coming and avoid being hit by someone else who is backing up. He’s […]

Never Back Up


Are you a fixer-upper like me? I’m not talking about rehabbing houses–or even making minor repairs, although I enjoy restoring or updating houses to give them new life. I’m talking about “fixing” other people–giving advice, seeing exactly what they need to do.  Jesus called it hypocritical: “How can you say […]

Are You a Fixer-Upper?