Love is Stronger than Death

…for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned. (Song of Solomon 8:6-7) Jesus Christ defeated death and through him all believers have eternal life. The…

You are Not an Imposter

Have these maniacal self-doubt instigators ever won you over? “Nobody wants me here.” “I don’t belong.” “Any moment somebody’s going to see I’m just a fake and I’m really not good at my job.” Or the famous line from the sadistic mother in Carrie: “They’re all gonna laugh at you.” These are fallacies from the…

Is Being Right Ever Better Than Being Kind?

On old college friend posted this on Facebook: “If you’re a supporting (such and such) candidate un-friend me now because you’re too stupid to talk to.” As a society we’ve become polarized by so many things. For a lot of us, being right is more important than being kind. Having married a man who does a…

Bitterness: How to Avoid It’s Grip

Bitterness. Every day is a full on battle to avoid its grip. On one side sits my ‘angel’ reminding me how blessed I am. Then the devil whispers every failure, disappointment, and betrayal. Bitterness is like a festering melting pot of unresolved anger, hurt, un-forgiveness, dissatisfaction, disappointment, and regret. Acceptance is the only anecdote for…

Finding Good IN the Bad

Sorrow can be overwhelming. Sometimes it renders me helpless because I simply don’t know what to do with the pain. Trials, difficulties, and suffering all seem so unfair. If I could change certain things I would; but then there are certain things I simply can’t change, ever. The one good thing about sorrow is it’s…

Broken Angel

Today I’m eleven years sober from drugs and alcohol. My family’s been torn apart by an addiction that killed my only brother 13 months ago.  I have a great life with Christ at the center; and my brother Casey is dead. I always ask: Why me? Why am I alive? Why is he dead? What did…

Today’s difficulties; tomorrow’s victories

The bible says “finishing is better than starting,” and “patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Both humility and patience are learned through life’s difficulties and trials. Therefore, thank God for today’s difficulties; they just might be tomorrow’s victories.      

The Death of Old Sam Stone

Recently I was talking with a friend about old folks songs inspired by her invite to join her and her husband for a John Prine concert. They were surprised I knew about old ‘Sam Stone’ from 1971, which recently made Rolling Stone magazines Top 10 Most Depressing Songs of all Time list; it’s about a…

How Will I Ever Get to Heaven?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law – Galatians 15:22-23. Some days I’m lawless; feeling hopelessly unsaved and hell bound wondering how I’ll ever get to heaven having none of these traits. I feel chained to my sinful…

Is God Still Enough When Life isn’t What You Wanted?

I know it doesn’t sound very holy, but sometimes I chuckle in church when I’m singing worship songs like I Surrender All because I know how difficult it is to surrender anything. I usually surrender my will after I’ve tried it my way a thousand times, proving the definition of insanity; doing the same thing…

How Does Character Produce Hope?

“…We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…” (Romans 5:3-4) When I experience difficulties I admit I don’t always rejoice in them. However, I do see how suffering has built up my endurance because I can deal with a lot more challenges today; and I…