November 20, 2018

Swords into Plowshares.  When Teresa sent out the email requesting volunteers to share blog posts, that title stuck out at me first from the list of weekly topics.  "ME! I pick that one!" I responded, because that phrase appealed to me on many different levels. Plus, i...

November 9, 2018

As we approach Veteran’s Day this next weekend, I would like to ask my church family to pray for all veterans.  Besides the obvious physical disabilities many of these veterans struggle with as they return from war, there are many more with the often-unseen struggles w...

October 26, 2018

It’s cold here in the Ozarks. The streets are damp, and the leaves are changing. I woke up on this crisp autumn morning to the news that Eugene Peterson is entering his final days of this life. For those of you not familiar with Peterson, his best-known work is a parap...

October 5, 2018

Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29

The story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea.

While reading the text several thoughts and memories came to mind. Every time hear about the story one word comes to mind: trust. There is a word that is extremely hard for me to do. After bei...

September 14, 2018

Of all of my character flaws, the greatest must be my incessant need for control.  This deep-seeded desire rules both my personal and professional lives. I was that student in college who, when given a group project, would tell my group to just show up for the grade....

September 13, 2018

I just couldn’t wait.

As soon as I clicked over to my 18th birthday, I was out of my house like a bullet from a gun. It’s not that I had it bad at home; quite the contrary. I lived in the same house I’d grown up in. My mom pretty much gave me free reign and cleaned up a...

September 6, 2018

We're happy to share our Grace Church Ministry Advocates for this year! The goal of our Special Needs Ministry Advocates is to create an environment for families who have children with special needs that is welcome and accommodating to them so that the family AND the c...

August 31, 2018

Americans love the Lone Ranger.

Now, many of you may never have actually seen the Lone Ranger of TV lore like I did as a kid (yeah, I know I’m old), but believe me: You’ve seen the the Lone Ranger. Whether it’s Rambo, Jessica Jones or Deadpool, the myth of the lone en...

August 29, 2018

I was out to lunch recently with a friend. Catching up with her, I mentioned I had a journal that asked a question a day and each page had a spot for five answers, as it was a five -year journal. She inquired as to what kind of questions were asked. Off the top of my h...

August 24, 2018

So, fun fact about me: My first long-term romantic relationship was with Rick Springfield.

For a totally made-up mirage that only ever existed in my head, I’m not gonna lie — it was a Many Splendored Thing. I could NOT get enough of that beautiful man! I loved him deepl...

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