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Many Sparrows Book Review

Many Sparrows Book Review

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton book review. Book info   About the book:   Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . . In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. … Continue reading

A Family Shaped by Grace Book Review

A Family Shaped by Grace Book Review

A Family Shaped by Grace by Gary Morland book review.Last fall I had the opportunity to travel to North Carolina and attend a conference called Hope Writers. Gary Morland was one of the speakers who helped to put on this conference. I can tell you he puts his all into helping others…which can be seen … Continue reading

Secrets Book Review

Secrets Book Review

Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances by Jonathan Daugherty book review. Secrets by Jonathan Daugherty   Marriage/Addiction New Growth Press Everyone has a secret or two—areas of their life they would rather not share with the general public. But Jonathan Daugherty had a life-altering, relationship-ending secret that he wanted to keep … Continue reading

What Children Need From Their Parents

What Children Need From Their Parents

How quickly our world is changing! We receive a constant influx of data…daily. So much so that it is impossible to keep abreast of all that is taking place around the globe. One would believe that with so much information at our fingertips parenting would be a breeze. Not so! Who among us could possibly … Continue reading

Have You Ever Looked Pain In The Eye?

Have You Ever Looked Pain In The Eye?

Have you ever looked pain in the eye? Without a doubt you have–this brokenness that hides, but becomes visible in one’s eyes. Yes, it’s hidden behind bright smiles, infectious laughter, and words of  I’m Great!, Things have been a little hectic, but I’m fine, and I’m going to be okay once things slow down–but things … Continue reading

The Woman Behind the Pen…Continued.

The Woman Behind the Pen…Continued.

I received some, truly, heartfelt comments from yesterday’s post (Whose Behind the Pen…and Why I Blog), and I want you to know what a blessing it is to hear from my readers. When we take down the masks…be real…and stop pretending that we have this thing called “life” figured out, then and only then, can … Continue reading

Twenty-one Years

Twenty-one Years

Twenty-one years ago today, with stars in my eyes and love in my heart, I slipped into a white velvet dress and said, “I do!” A bride of twenty-five and a groom of thirty-one would become one. For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and … Continue reading

God’s Shining Light

God’s Shining Light

My oldest son and I sit, flipping through magazines, in the eye doctor’s office waiting for our appointment. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays on the radio.  An older gentleman–once vibrant now on decline–waits.  Confusion cloud’s his mind–making him angry.  He is going from the light to darkness–dementia.  It could be any of us…someday … Continue reading

Depression is a Parasite…a Thief.

Depression is a Parasite…a Thief.

Parasites show up uninvited. Often we don’t even know they have arrived, that is, until they have stolen our energy or made us ill. When my brother and I were children we often spend time in our grandparent’s woods. After a day of trekking through the forest my mother would take a comb and look … Continue reading

When We Replace God

When We Replace God

Although, we don’t bow down to golden calves (Exodus 32:2-4) or a giant statue of King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:1) doesn’t mean idolatry isn’t a problem every single one of us face daily. Idolatry isn’t just about bowing down to ornate objects; idolatry is about replacing God with man-made substitutions. Man was made in the image … Continue reading

Summertime…Slow!

Summertime…Slow!

When was the last time you sat on your back porch and listened to the sounds of summer–a thousand and one insects chatting all vying for center stage, a lone cricket whispering his solemn chant? Looked up to see brilliant blue sky made brighter by the sun’s warming rays? Or drank in the large…white…fluffy clouds … Continue reading

Criticism

Criticism

We’ve all done it, spoken words that cut a soul to ribbons, arrest a spirit, and leave deep scares–criticize. It takes but a moment to deliver words that wound… and oh, how smoothly they flow from our lips as easily as one pulls the bow across the strings of a violin and make no mistake … Continue reading

Drive-thru Faith?

Drive-thru Faith?

It’s all about speed–nobody has time for patience! (Forget the fact that patience is a fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:22-23). Getter done…fast and move on to the next thing. Drive-thru–food, banking, prescriptions, and dare I say…drive-thru lives. Everyone’s in a frenzy of business–hurrying from one thing to the next–no time for the present. No … Continue reading