We are so desperate for God

  I was at church today and I seemed to cry during every song and then during parts of the service. God was at work in my heart as I prayed and worshiped and asked Him to show me direction.  I feel so confused and frustrated and overwhelmed right now. I get this way...

It’s like you’re living the movie, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” — Angel Clarence When my friend Jenni set up the meal train for us after our Accident, there was a...

Having a Mary mindset in a Martha World

My daughter left yesterday.  You’d think I’d get used to it. I don’t. When my daughter visits from across the ocean, we stop the busy-to-do-lifestyle life. We go to indie coffee shops and on long walks in the neighborhood and make sure we meet with friends. We bake...

Sarah on her mom: “My beautiful mother, friend and role model…departed for Heaven”

My daughter Rachel emailed me from Tanzania asking if I had heard about Sarah and Michael’s mom, Kathy Bernert.   Heard what? I wondered, already fearing the worst.   Knots starting tying up in my stomach.   Sarah and Michael’s mom, Kathleen Carol Bernert, 51, had...

Are you a Success or a Failure? It’s Not What You Do or Don’t Do, It’s Who You Are

     Our Writers Connection visited the Oregon State Penitentiary recently for their yearly Essay Presentation. I served as MC, and they also asked me to present an essay. As I thought and prayed about what to share, I remembered a recent exchange between my...

Huffington Post: Two Tales Involving 350 Kids, Entitlement and Lessons in Parenting and Life

(Originally published: Huffington Post-Two Tales Involving 350 Kids, Entitlement and Lessons in Parenting and Life) Let me get this straight. Three hundred teenagers break into the vacant vacation home of a former NFL player, ransacking the home while drinking and...

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