Grace, Guilt, Ministry, Pain and suffering

When A Pastor Falls

I like to listen to sermons. When I drive. When I run. When I get ready for work. I often have a podcast playing, just to keep my mind focused. I have several favorites on my playlist. I regularly listen to Mark Batterson at National Community Church, Andy Stanley at North Point Community Church, Craig… Continue reading When A Pastor Falls

Guilt, parenting

Serving Left Overs

I have very fond memories of my childhood. Many people say I was raised in a Leave it to Beaver home. My dad worked for the government, and my mom taught Home Economics at the local high school. Dad was raised as a farmer, and we always had a huge garden filled with fresh fruits… Continue reading Serving Left Overs

Faith, Guilt, Hope, parenting

When Life is Hard

Being a single parent is hard. There’s loneliness. The longing to love and be loved. The desire for adult companionship. An intense need to share your life with someone. And it is so much harder during the holidays. There’s guilt. Will my kids be ok? Will my kids overcome the loss they have experienced? Did… Continue reading When Life is Hard

Guilt, Hope, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

It’s Not About You

I’ll never forget the conversation I had with my then husband about the woman he was having an affair with. “It’s just exhilarating that someone like that would be interested in me,” he said. Adultery hits at the core of your being. Every ounce of self-confidence and self-respect that you carry is destroyed. You look… Continue reading It’s Not About You

Faith, Grace, Guilt, Spiritual Growth

Christ’s Prayer for Us

Do your kids argue and fight? I have three kids whom I love dearly. But, there are days when I feel like I will never survive. “He touched me!” “She didn’t ask if she could ride my bike!” “He came in my room without asking!” The bickering seems to never end. I often become weary… Continue reading Christ’s Prayer for Us

Anger, Guilt, marriage, Pain and suffering

Are You a Nabal or an Abigail?

There was a man in Maon who did business in Carmel. He was a very important man and owned three thousand sheep and one thousand goats…. The man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and attractive woman, but her husband was a hard man who did evil things…… Continue reading Are You a Nabal or an Abigail?

Guilt, Hope, Pain and suffering, promises, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

Divorced…To God’s Glory!

I don't pay much attention to the stats on my blog, but today wordpress sent out a year-end summary. I glanced through the stats, and I found that a post from October 2013 was the most viewed post for two straight years. As I reflected on the words in that post, I began to think… Continue reading Divorced…To God’s Glory!

Faith, Guilt, Just for Laughs, parenting, Surviving Adultery and Divorce, temptation

Lessons from a Loogie

Several years ago, I took my kids to the local amusement park. One of their favorite rides is known as the Schooner. It’s a large ship with rows of seats. It swings back and forth like a pendulum, going higher and higher. My kids love to be in the very top row of seats. On… Continue reading Lessons from a Loogie

Guilt, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

To Reconcile…Or Not (Part 2)

As I said, I am going to attempt to dive a little deeper into this topic. I have written and rewritten this post multiple times in the last few days. To be honest, I’ve gone from downright angry to attempting to be firm yet gracious. I only hope that comes across in my words. Since… Continue reading To Reconcile…Or Not (Part 2), Guilt, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

Just a few quick thoughts…

Hi, Friends! I usually post mid-week. However, my plans have changed this week. Let me give you a quick update on what's going on around here in Oklahoma. First, if you have emailed me or commented on a post, please be patient! Let me assure you that I have read each comment and email, I… Continue reading Just a few quick thoughts…