We Are Not All Children of God

Faith

My pastor once told a story of a missionary who served in the Amazon. One day, this missionary walked into a village and found a beautifully handcrafted chair. Now, as there is no Ikea in the Amazon, everything the villagers had was made by their own hands. The missionary pulled the chair into the middle […]

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The God of Bethel

Faith

It was one of those “out of body” moments. I sat there, at the conference room table, across from a woman I loved and respected, and listened as she offered me the very opportunity I had always dreamed of. In complete disbelief, I sat as she told me she and others in leadership had been […]

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My Word of the Year is ‘No’

Life

This past week, as one year ended and another began, all of my friends on social media were sharing their “Word of the Year”. It was so fun to read their choices; words like Dream, Trust, Dig In, and Embrace. I decided I, too, wanted a word to live by this year, so during one of […]

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Favored One

Devotionals

Luke 1:29 tells us that Mary was perplexed by this greeting, spoken by the angel. Surely, the appearance of the angel would be terrifying and amazing, but I wonder if it wasn’t also the words he spoke that gave her pause.

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We Are Not All Children of God


Faith

My pastor once told a story of a missionary who served in the Amazon. One day, this missionary walked into a village and found a beautifully handcrafted chair. Now, as there is no Ikea in the Amazon, everything the villagers had was made by their own hands. The missionary pulled the chair into the middle […]

January 17, 2018

The God of Bethel


Faith

It was one of those “out of body” moments. I sat there, at the conference room table, across from a woman I loved and respected, and listened as she offered me the very opportunity I had always dreamed of. In complete disbelief, I sat as she told me she and others in leadership had been […]

January 11, 2018

My Word of the Year is ‘No’


Life

This past week, as one year ended and another began, all of my friends on social media were sharing their “Word of the Year”. It was so fun to read their choices; words like Dream, Trust, Dig In, and Embrace. I decided I, too, wanted a word to live by this year, so during one of […]

January 3, 2018

Favored One


Devotionals

Luke 1:29 tells us that Mary was perplexed by this greeting, spoken by the angel. Surely, the appearance of the angel would be terrifying and amazing, but I wonder if it wasn’t also the words he spoke that gave her pause.

December 21, 2017

Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel


Devotionals

Emmanuel, “God with us”. This name of Christ assures us, reminds us, he is here. We are not alone. In this Advent season, we reflect on a time when mankind awaited their Savior. We remember our lives before Christ before our souls felt their worth. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel has come to thee, O Israel! This […]

December 16, 2017

Christmas and Divine Hospitality


Faith

This Christmas season I find myself struggling to get into the holiday spirit. Perhaps it has something to do with the eighty degree weather we are experiencing in Texas, but I suspect it has more to do with the current state of our nation. It is difficult to feel jolly when our world seems so […]

December 9, 2017

When I Am Overwhelmed


Devotionals

When my spirit faints within me,     you know my way! In the path where I walk     they have hidden a trap for me. Psalm 142:3 (ESV) The baby isn’t napping, I’m behind in my writing, the house is a wreck and I have to submit my plans for Women’s Bible Studies next Spring by Friday. Overwhelmed? Yes. […]

October 25, 2017

Supporting Your Friend Through a Miscarriage


Life

The ringing phone reverberated through my quiet office. I reached across my desk lazily and picked up the receiver: “Expectant Heart Pregnancy Resource Center, this is Mary K. How can I help you?” “Mary K., I…I lost the baby,” With those words my sweet client dissolved into tears on the other end of the phone. […]

October 21, 2017

How Would You Answer?


Devotionals

And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”  And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” Mark 10:51 I recently listened to Emily P. Freeman’s podcast The Next Right Thing and at the end of one of her episodes, she describes Jesus as a great question-asker, […]

October 20, 2017

Is It Enough?


Devotionals

“But scripture tells us that we were created to glorify God, indicating that we are important to God Himself. This is the final definition of genuine importance or significance to our lives: If we are truly important to God for all eternity, then what greater measure of importance or significant could we want?” – Wayne […]

October 16, 2017