Hold On!

My dear friend and prayer partner Phyllis died suddenly and unexpectedly a few weeks ago. From her symptoms, it seems she might have had a brain aneurysm. From God’s perspective, it was time for her to come home and be with Him. I’m happy for my precious friend, but I am deeply sad at the […]

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Fighting Our Battles

Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed . . . with my responsibilities, with my personal struggles, with the heartache in the world and the difficulties faced by others. It is in those moments that the Lord gently reminds me that I was never meant to face my battles alone . . . that He is there […]

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Nothing is Impossible with God!

Eighteen years ago, doctors told us our son Patrick was autistic, mentally retarded, and might not ever speak. A few weeks ago, Patrick graduated magna cum laude from Pfeiffer University. He sang “Corner of the Sky” at commencement, which is all about finding your place in this world. Those in attendance gave him a standing […]

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Jesus Wins!

The devil sauntered in front of the rock-hewn tomb and snarled, “I got Him, and now I’m going to get all of you!” My daughter Katie looked at me in horror. This scene took place 24 years ago as we attended a Passion Play in Charlotte. Katie was 5 years old at the time. “Wait. […]

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God’s Man for the Job

Sarah with Toney . . . and the key to her house Have you ever had an encounter with someone, and they reminded you of the Lord’s goodness and involvement in your life? Our family met such a man recently when my daughter Sarah bought her first house. Since she graduated college about 3 years […]

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You’ve Got a Friend!

Recently, I took refreshments to our Thursday morning Ladies Bible Study group, an activity that usually produces a lot of stress for me. I don’t have the gift of hospitality, so all that planning, preparing, and serving would usually wear me out. But not this time! That’s because I decided to jump in and help […]

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Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact that the Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe, thought about and took the time to shape and fashion your life? He orchestrated every minute detail of you—your personality, gifts, abilities, appearance . . . and even your struggles and challenges. He is a Masterful Artist, […]

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Goodbye Perfectionism. Hello Joy!

I sometimes struggle with perfectionism, and those feelings often try to block me from doing something, telling me I’m not good enough, inadequate, and unable. If I let those feelings stay around long enough, a heavy weight of responsibility replaces the joy in my life. The Lord showed me something wonderful this past week, and […]

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Cutting Our Teeth

My grandson Landon with his parents, my son-in-law Curt and daughter Katie My grandson Landon is cutting his first teeth. Two little white pearls are emerging through his bottom gums. While the rest of us are excited about this new development, our little man now sometimes trades his winning smile for a little furrow between […]

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