Cliché notwithstanding, social media in all its forms is the ultimate double-edged sword. One edge blessing and one edge cursing. Whether we like it or not, it is here to stay, and it’s growing, so the trick is to embrace the blessing. When it comes to youth ministry, embracing the blessing is not always an easy... Continue Reading →
Taking Off the Mask
Wearing a mask brings certain comforts, but it also may hinder our personal growth. As long as we wear the mask we don’t have to deal with the underlying problem. But when we are truly able to confront the truth about ourselves we will find true freedom. We can find healing.
Note to Self: Set Boundaries
I want to say YES to everyone. I want to be available all the time. I feel guilty when I miss a phone call, or cannot respond to texts or emails right away. I want to be available 24/7 to provide everything you need or want. But, I can't. It's just not possible. STOP! Stop trying to be everything for... Continue Reading →
Encouragement for the Shepherd’s Heart
Dear Minister, Please keep your head up. Stay clothed in the armor of God and filled with the Holy Spirit. You're doing the best you can to follow God's leading, and serve people. Ministry is very difficult sometimes. People are people. As ministers of the gospel it's easy to get discouraged when things don't go your... Continue Reading →
Man alive! If all Christians focused on being filled with the Holy Spirit and less on trivial matters like what day we should worship, the kind of worship music we should use, drums vs. no drums, who gets to be in charge, who sings the next special song, the color of the carpet, etc., the church... Continue Reading →
The Time is Now
"I'm a 15th generation practicing pagan, and proud of it." Her southern accent was thick as molasses. Her words dripped off her tongue like honey off the comb. Her box-blonde hair was fashioned in a bushy updo, and her makeup was as flashy and vibrant as her personality. She stood over us with one hand... Continue Reading →
The Day I Died
Several years ago my husband, Chris, and I were told we would never have biological children. That's a long story....(a future blog entry) Then we were blessed by foster care, adopted our son, Nathan; my miracle boy. We had a foster daughter, Raechell, and her son, Izaiah, whom we love completely. And then we found out I was pregnant... Continue Reading →
Confessions of an Overstressed, Manic, Slightly Deranged Mother
Perhaps I'm alone in this feeling; so overwhelmed by all of life's pressures that have gradually stacked up, one right on top of the other, that I begin to crack a little. Each situation more confounding than the last, the load becomes unbearable and I feel like I'll burst at the seams. I suspect I'm... Continue Reading →
The Big Decision
Two great moments in our lives are, 1) when we are born, and 2) the day we discover why we're born. We were created for a reason. A divine purpose. Our lives are not accidents or fate. Whether your parents were happily married, unhappily married or "hooking up" when you were conceived... Whether you're adopted,... Continue Reading →
How Do We Make a Positive Change in the World Around Us?
How Do We Make a Positive Change in the World Around Us?.