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Falling Scales

The mind is an interesting, powerful thing, isn’t it? In a flash people, events, memories, choices can interrupt my thoughts, completely unprompted. Just barging in, reminding me of things I love and even things I don’t. Has this ever happened to you? You’re driving down the road and out of nowhere this thought or memory […]

Waiting For God’s Counsel

“Yet how quickly they forgot what He had done! They wouldn’t wait for His counsel!” (Psalm 106:13 NLT) It’d been a long, hard journey for the Israelites. God had led them, with a mighty hand and with great wonders, out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. His presence, manifested in a cloud, sheltered them […]

Looking for gratitude

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 I drove down an Indiana highway recently, marveling at the crimsons and scarlets, the oranges and pinks and golds and yellows, the nearly-purple reds and the rich camel browns of the landscape. I almost […]

How To Get Your Heart Right This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and yet if I’m being honest there are days in this season of life when it is just plain hard to be thankful. Shocking, I know. I shouldn’t be saying that to you, I should put on my Patty perfect pastor’s wife hat and pretend to have it […]

When You’re Called to Make Your Block

The other night, wrapped in one of my dad’s oversized sweaters, I had some much-needed introvert time. I found myself sitting on the floor of my bedroom with a peppermint mocha and some Christmas-themed worship music, flipping through old journals. I came across the following words from the middle of my senior year of highschool: “One day, I’m going to sit in eternal fellowship in Heaven and I’m […]

The Power of Your Words

“Your words have power…” We have all heard that statement a million times. We have all had this information presented to us before through; sermons, books, devotions, blogs, and countless testimonies.  I feel like, for the most part, we have blocked out the truth behind that statement because of the responsibility it carries. When we […]

Free To Dream!

A dreamer…that she was. Always hushing the spirit within, the one beckoning her to run into wide-open spaces, unhindered and free. On road trips with her family, she’d gaze out the window to meadows & fields of green that seemed to stretch for miles. And, it’d be the same dream every time…she’d take off running, […]

The Zombie Parade

For You have delivered me from death
 and my feet from stumbling, 
 that I may walk before God in the light of life.  Psalm 56:13   You haven’t lived until you’ve had a front row seat to a Zombie parade. It’s mid-October and our son and his friends met at Marietta Square to take pictures […]

Let Go…and Let God!

My phone was set on silent. I missed the calls. I didn’t get the multiple texts he sent. As I cruised south on the highway I noticed a car that looked like ours parked on the side of the road. The longer I stared, the more familiar it looked. Yes, it was ours. Slowing down, […]

Does God Care About Me?

Sometimes a day can just wring every ounce of hope out of your soul. Sometimes an hour can, too. Your physician’s office calls and says they need to see you back in the office ASAP. The mailman drops a(nother) late notice from the power company in your hand. The flashing blue lights on the police […]

Be the one

“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.” Luke 17:15 NIV. There is a wonderful little true story in the Book of Luke where Jesus heals ten men afflicted with leprosy. “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he […]

Changed by mercy

Only seconds remained on the clock. Down by three points, I stood at the free throw line. Breathe: just breathe and follow coach’s directions. Sink the first shot, bank the second so one of our posts can grab the rebound for a jump shot. If this was executed properly, we would win by one point, […]

A Season of Joyful Thankfulness and Deep Gratitude

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) November comes with all sorts of opportunities to express thankfulness. The things at the top of my “Things I’m Thankful For” list are not surprising. They include salvation, family, friends, church, home, and […]

For all of us who need to know that we can hide in Him

Recently, I had a Skype meeting about my writing with Jonathan Merritt. He’s a teacher at the Writer’s Bootcamp Conference I attended last spring. Jonathan nailed me from the beginning, saying my writing was too vague; I needed to “make every word tell” and make my point more clear. And so, in a few direct […]

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