Emotional Abuse, Ministry, Pain and suffering, Uncategorized

On the Church and Divorce: Thoughts About Paige Patterson and the SBC

The last few weeks, a firestorm of controversy has erupted in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Allegations against Paige Patterson, now president emeritus at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, have been made public, allegations that include his stance that women should stay with their abusive husbands and his mishandling of a rape on a seminary campus… Continue reading On the Church and Divorce: Thoughts About Paige Patterson and the SBC

Faith, Hope, promises, Uncategorized

Guilty of Idolatry

After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said,… Continue reading Guilty of Idolatry

consecrate, Faith, Spiritual Growth, Tornado

Be On Guard!

In Oklahoma, few things are more certain than the uncertainty of the weather. Thunderstorms are simply a way of life for us. Many of us love the sound of the thunder and the flash of lightning. There’s no better sleeping weather than right in the heart of storm season. We are even growing accustomed to… Continue reading Be On Guard!

America, Grace

Wrestling With the Tough Issues

Our country is in tumultuous times. Everywhere we turn, we are faced with division and strife. Racism. Same sex marriage. Refugee crises. Transgender issues. Targeting of law enforcement officers. Terrorism. Religious freedoms. Gun control. Everywhere we turn, violence erupts. With each hot-button issue, emotions run deep. We have become a deeply divided nation, one spewing… Continue reading Wrestling With the Tough Issues

America, Grace, Spiritual Growth

A Call to Radical Extremism

For the last two months, my life has been moving at warp speed. Every waking moment seems to be spent watching my children, looking for signs that their grief is overwhelming them. I haven’t taken the time to watch the news, and have in many ways withdrawn from the world in which I live. Today,… Continue reading A Call to Radical Extremism

Emotional Abuse, Faith, Grace, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

Behind Closed Doors

“He is a charismatic leader at church,” the email begins. “Everyone loves him. They believe everything he says. He has managed to turn everyone against me. But they don’t know the man he becomes behind closed doors.” I receive emails similar to this almost every day. Male and female. Young and old. Emotional abuse is… Continue reading Behind Closed Doors

Faith, Grace, Hope, promises

The Perfect Sacrifice

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press… Continue reading The Perfect Sacrifice

Uncategorized

Super Tuesday Wrap Up

Yesterday was Super Tuesday, and, yes, I exercised my right to vote. I tend to shy away from political statements on my blog because I am first and foremost committed to using my blog to point others to Christ. After all, He is the only hope for us as individuals and for us as a… Continue reading Super Tuesday Wrap Up

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

Breaking News

Guess What?

I am going back into the Sitting Room with Kathy Chiero next week! I don't know about you, but sometimes Mother's Day puts me into a funk. Maybe it's because I feel so overwhelmed with doing it all by myself. Maybe it's because I feel like no one really notices how much I sacrifice as… Continue reading Guess What?