I often think back to the last year of my grandmother's life. She was living not fifteen minutes away from me at the time, at my mother's house. Yet I strain to remember how often I went over there to be with her.
I have memories of that last year. Sitting with her beside that puzzle board on the card table. My grandma loved jigsaw puzzles, and she was always working on one. I loved working on them with her. I remember Pam being in that red walker, scooting around the
StartFragment The week before Easter was always one of my favorite times to be teaching small children in a traditional classroom. Bible time was always the same each year. I'd spend the week teaching about Passover. I believe that it's one of the most amazing stories in the Bible and I love teaching it. We'd begin by being reminded of the promise God made to Abraham. About how it was wrong for him to not wait for God. About how he pretended like he was helping God but h
StartFragment Once upon a time, long, long ago, there lived the sweetest grandma that ever walked upon the earth. She was tall with long, slender arms and legs, and even though she had been poor all of her life, she had an elegance and grace that caused her to carry herself like royalty. Her spirit was gentle and she was kind to a fault, or at least the world would perceive it as a fault. But to her firstborn granddaughter, there was no fault in her. She was the most wond
Depression. The final D. The place where the disappointments and discouragements of life lead. The place where the devil delights. The place where you do not want to be. If you have not read the previous two Ds, I suggest you go back and do that now. Start with disappointment, then read discouragement, and then come back here. This is a progression that you need to understand. Besides, they are a much lighter read. There is nothing about depression that I can put a li
StartFragment There are some things in life you just know. Undisputable facts. The sun on a July day in Florida is hot. God is good and the devil is mean. That ball is gonna hit me in the head if I'm playing right field every time. And when you do something big for God, Satan will attack you with your very words. I mentioned that I spoke at a ladies conference a week ago. I spoke about storms. The storms of life. The ladies in that auditorium were so attentive and the
Our second D is discouragement. You find yourself here as the natural progression of disappointment. Too many, too fast, too big. If you have not read the post about disappointment, do it now. This will make more sense. Discouragement is a feeling of sadness that comes over you. Like a blanket. Like thick dark cloud cover. You feel like people have used you as a football and no one really cares. You start to think, 'why bother?'. You are dismayed. That means you ar
I spoke before a group of sweet ladies last week. Since then I've been asked several times to recap the three Ds. They are a progression, and with God's help, they can be managed. So here goes. The first is disappointment. It always starts here. Disappointment is just a part of life and cannot be avoided. The example that I gave of a simple disappointment is what happens when you are in a huge hurry and you go through a drive-thru. You order a burger with no ketchup.
StartFragment I had to go to a terrible place this morning. That really awful place. No, not the dentist. The other one. Yes, the MVA. I still call it the DMV. Does that date me? My oldest daughter told me that writing about CDs last week dated me, but I told her that she being in her mid-thirties was what really dated me. So, I'm sticking with CDs and the DMV. Besides, Google Map knows exactly what I mean when I say it and that girl in there is really smart. I arrive
I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
I would tell you how He changed my life completely,
He did something that no other friend could do.
No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
O how much He cares for me.
All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
All my heart was full of misery and woe;
Jesus placed His strong
"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." ~Lamentations 3:22-24 His mercies and compassions are new every morning. Sometimes I drop into bed at night spent. Like, if my allowance for the day had been a dollar, I had spent ninety-nine cents of it throughout the day, and my last penny just rolled under the refrigerator. Spent. Nothing left. Notta. And that feeling is on