In an effort to embrace the red bell pepper more often in my day, my mind has harkened back to the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In that movie, red bell peppers, so to speak, meet up with plain toast people to the tune of hijinks and merriment thereafter.Read More
I simply want to focus more on how my words make others feel. That vendor had a “potty” mouth in the presence of my daughter, but there are girls at school who have made my daughter feel downright awful without uttering a single cuss word.Read More
I hear the condescension in their voices that scream with their tone and their eyes, “You idiot!” And that voice in my head teeters between being mad at myself for not knowing the new rule and mad at the people who constantly change the rules.Read More
Freedom feels great, but only if you know your margins. If you step outside of those margins into uncharted territory, you have taken away your peace. How freeing is that, then?Read More
There's a lot we can learn from the animals in our lives if we would take the time to let them teach us. One day, a while back, I took the time to “research” the ways of my cat, Ophelia…. She was extraordinary and taught me so much, believe it or not, about how to be a better Christian.Read More
Ever try to put something together, like pieces of unassembled furniture, and the directions are quite skimpy? You have no idea from the picture presented where each piece is supposed to go and which fasteners are supposed to be used at each point.Read More
You could throw your hands in the air and say forget it! Why bother to try when there are people out there more influential than I am who can and will do it anyway? But God has a different approach. He uses the little guy way more than we give Him credit.Read More
So, even if you follow leaders more than you lead, you still need to have enough knowledge to lead yourself when your own leaders fail you. You need your own knowledge. You cannot borrow someone else’s knowledge when making fast, crucial decisions about your life and about the lives of those you lead.Read More
And don’t read this thinking, well, I follow more than I lead, so I don’t need to know this. Think again, my friend. Moses spent 40 years tending sheep in Midian before he was thrust into the role of leading a flock of people out of Egypt. God might be equipping you for something greater …Read More
I went to bed tired. I woke up tired. I sometimes feel like I am juggling 25 balls at any given time. I throw them up in the air, thinking I have managed them well. What I seem to be unaware of is that someone up there catches them and holds on to them only to zing one straight at my head once in a while that I didn’t see coming.Read More
I asked for direction moving forward because I was really lost. I made a list of all that I wanted in a husband and submitted it to the only One who was in better control over my life than I was!
I think we overlook those kind of day-to-day, years-in-the-making miracles in favor of people walking out of a totaled car unscathed or being pronounced dead on the operating table only to come back to life…. Should we blame the internet for sensationalizing everything so that a sprouting flower seems paltry by comparison on the miracle scale?Read More
My daughter’s wedding is approaching quickly. We have so many decisions and choices yet to make, but there is another wedding that is also coming quickly!Read More
My devotional that day, on prayer, had brought to my mind all of the sweet women I had met on that trip who desperately needed my prayers. When was the last time, though, that I had taken the time to pray for their individual needs?Read More
In my small part of the world, General Motors has chosen to use the word “unallocate” to describe the situation at our local Chevy Cruze car plant.
Ever walk by a row of crooked picture frames on the wall and feel the need to straighten them before you can concentrate on anything else? What if it’s not even in your own home? Do you fix it?Read More
When I was in Kindergarten, I received my first gift from a boy. One day, during recess, little Johnny Hays marched right up to me proudly bearing his precious gift.
No matter their age, our children will always be our children. Therefore, we have a life-long responsibility to set the example. This will look different as we go throughout our lives, but the key is consistency.
Why do we give a lie so much power? Think about that for a minute. It's very easy to get upset with Camille for believing that we teachers were lying, but it’s no different than believing lies we tell ourselves every day …Read More
For most of my life I have had to wear glasses. In the 1980’s the style was big and plastic, and the glass had to have a pink tint! Oh my! What a statement we made with those. We were so cool! And when we look back at pictures, we now think, “What were we thinking?” Yes, the 80’s were the years of big hair and big glasses.Read More