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April 26, 2019

I grew up in the United Methodist Church, and the denomination itself was a huge part of my identity.  You see, I was always told that my mom and dad had struggled with infertility for nine years of marriage, and were super-thankful that an unprepared teenage mom was t...

August 16, 2018

As the time for the discussion question, What has been your vision of heaven? started last week at worship, the first person in my group commented that in the past, she understood that when she died, God would give her a nice, big mansion.

All to herself.  

As she’s prog...

June 6, 2018

When my father-in-law passed away almost two years ago, we set about the task of clearing out forty-five years worth of stuff from his ranch style home in Ft. Worth, Texas.  We knew this day was coming, and we knew it would be sad, but I don’t think any of us expected...

March 27, 2018

When I was young, my parents told me I was adopted, that they had waited a long time to get me, and had to save a significant amount of money to pay for adoption costs.  A lot of people have asked how I reacted to knowing I was adopted, and I’ve told them I always felt...

January 27, 2018

As the afternoon sun pours in my classroom window, it highlights the swirling particles that are mostly invisible throughout the day.  I’m shelving the wonderful classics and mysteries I’ve collected over the years for my students, and restoring the colorful poetry boo...

December 4, 2017

Click here for a printable PDF of this post that includes a devotional journal page.

While driving in the car this week, I heard a song by Dave Matthews, “Too Much.” Some of the lyrics are:

Ooh traffic jam got more cars
Than a beach got sand
Suck it up, suck it up, suck...

November 9, 2017


Family stories … we all have them. Sometimes they’re cringe-worthy, as in having your aunt reminisce about the time you pooped your pants and it was so bad she chose to throw away the training pants instead of washing them, and just maybe that story gets embelli...

September 8, 2017

“Sis, let’s take a drive to Jiggs and Maude’s to see the dogwoods and redbuds,” my granddad would say on a sweet spring day when we visited at Easter time. My mom and I would load into their boat of a car, Mom in front to enjoy the opportunity to be close to her dad, a...

July 13, 2017

This week’s teaching will be on Psalm 131—a song of hope in the midst of unmet expectations. As the teaching team met yesterday morning, we discussed how believers maintain hope in God’s truths. We have hope because of the things we’ve seen God do, the stories we’ve re...

June 22, 2017

After a fairly traumatic early childhood, I was a very anxious and self-conscious tween.  My fifth-grade teacher noted to the whole class that I wouldn’t speak up when called on during instruction time and made a snide comment about how she would be shocked if I ever d...

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