Breaking News, friendship, promises, Uncategorized

A New Perspective

I settled into my seat on the last leg of my flight home after a simultaneously encouraging and exhausting weekend with other writers. I wrapped up in my blanket from my new friend, Denise, anticipating my arrival home and longing for the love and presence of my precious family. As I looked out the window… Continue reading A New Perspective

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consecrate, Faith, friendship, Hope, Uncategorized

Clouds of Doubt

I have this group of friends from college, an eclectic bunch pulled together over the last few years by social media. Funny thing is, some of these college friends I have never even met in person. Even so,we have spent many hours laughing and harassing one another. This group of friends includes several former ministers,… Continue reading Clouds of Doubt

Faith, friendship, Grace, Pain and suffering, Uncategorized

Giving Hope in the Midst of Pain

“You just need to pray more.” I remember hearing those words as my life was falling apart. I could barely muster enough strength to get through the day. The tears fell freely, like a fierce thunderstorm that sweeps in unexpectedly. My mind was cloudy, my thinking irrational, my words incoherent. And my faith? It was… Continue reading Giving Hope in the Midst of Pain

Dating, Faith, friendship, Grace, Hope, promises

To Be Loved Like Christ Loves

Before you read the words below, I want to give you a little background. One year ago, I chose to go on an official date with a friend I’d known most of my life. I chose to open my heart, my mind, to the possibility this friendship might turn into something more. I chose to… Continue reading To Be Loved Like Christ Loves

friendship, Pain and suffering, parenting

Friendship, Tears, and Pig Poop

Sometimes as a single mom you find yourself doing things you never dreamed you would do. And, when you are a single mom of boys, you really get into some smelly situations. Take my sweet Cole. Cole is my outdoorsman. If it involves being outside, he’s all in. Hunting. Fishing. Camping. Shooting guns. Hanging at… Continue reading Friendship, Tears, and Pig Poop

America, Forgiveness, friendship, Spiritual Growth, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

An Extravagant Response

How is a Christian to respond? This week, videos surfaced of students from a University of Oklahoma fraternity singing sickening, racially-motivated lyrics. The racial slurs were painful to hear, and the video should offend everyone who sees it. Racial tensions in our country are at an all-time high, at least in my lifetime. To add… Continue reading An Extravagant Response

About Dena, friendship, Hope, Just for Laughs, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

Dena and the Blue Bow Tie

Have you ever done something humiliating out of complete innocence? Embarrassed yourself because of your own naiveté? Kept that mistake buried for years? When the secret came out, you had to live with the humiliation for the rest of your life? I’ve made two such mistakes. The two biggest mistakes of my life (well, maybe… Continue reading Dena and the Blue Bow Tie