Truth


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


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


sight
The man had struck a pedestrian with his car. Or so we thought. We passed a car stopped at a corner the other day and realized the driver was a man we knew. He stood, looking bewildered, with his door open. Another car was stopped nearby. Our friend is older […]

What You See Isn’t Always What Is



Words are like jewels
To a writer, words are the tools of the trade. We agonizeĀ over finding just the right word to convey a specific meaning. Don’t use “walked” when “strode,” “shuffled,” or “ambled” is a better fit. Sometimes, it’s not the word, it’s the order of the words in a phrase or sentence. […]

Words Are Like Jewels


what to say
Ever worry about what you’re going to say in a crucial moment? I sure do. I’m heading to a writer’s conference this week, with some anxiety about being effective when I pitch my story idea to agents and editors. But there are other times I feel inadequate about expressing my […]

What to Do When You’re Speechless



Eclipse crowds
Are you one of theĀ millions of people in the path of totality for the eclipse today? Is there a crowd where you were, or did you watch it with just a few people? In my hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky–one of the sites with the longest duration of totality–some hundred thousand […]

One of the Crowd


Freedom
As Americans, we take our freedom for granted. Independence Day, the 4th of July, is one day when we can remember the hard-fought Revolutionary War that eventually won that independence from Britain. But now, nearly two and a half centuries later, the holiday is more about cookouts, boating, and fireworks. […]

Forever Free



5 things I learned from Samaritan woman
If you Google “things I learned from,” you get more than 200 million possible results. You can find posts about things I learned from my mother, my sister, my patients. From watching movies, from Winnie the Pooh, from a cow. Then there’s the “Advice from…” category. We have a refrigerator […]

5 Things I Learned from …


Are you justified in being disappointed in these situations? It's date night. Your husband is supposed to take you out to dinner. Only he doesn't know. It's your idea, but you didn't tell him. So he never actually said he would take you to dinner tonight. But still, you're disappointed with him. Perhaps even angry.

When We’re Disappointed