Inviting God to dinner

When my husband and I were newly married and newly committed to following Christ in a way we had only flirted with in college, we were invited to dinner by Emil and Beulah. Emil and Beulah were in their 70s and, after a lifetime of teaching, Emil was a lay pastor in...

Finding Your Way Down the Road of Grief

A few months ago, I was returning home from a speaking engagement. The church was in a rural community, located a couple hours from my home. As I looked at the beautiful, orange sun beginning to set, I suddenly panicked. I didn’t remember the road to get back...

Black Hole of Need

I listen to Julie (not her real name) tell of the abusive relationship she was in for a few years. It has been about four years now since that relationship ended in a physical explosion in which she almost lost her life. I listen to her recount the slow descent into...

Everyone Has a Story

I am a people watcher. I admit it; I’m a gawker! I can pass time staring at strangers, observing facial expressions, the way people dress, and how they interact with others. You can tell a lot about a person when watching. But even when observing moods and...

Organizing your Digital Memories

Summer months are a favorite time of year to capture memories with a camera. Who doesn’t love looking back at photos of vacations, back yard barbeques, ball games and pool parties?  Back in the days of using film, many people collected shoe boxes full of photos....