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Who’s Gonna Tell Them?

Who’s Gonna Tell Them?

Growing up, Juneteenth wasn't something that my family and I readily celebrated. In all honesty, I think we were ignorant to a pretty significant fact in American History, more specifically African American History. After President Abraham Lincoln signed the...

He Knows: A Graduation Blog

He Knows: A Graduation Blog

Congratulations Class of 2021! Graduating from high school or higher education is always a huge achievement! This year you have not only completed your coursework, but you have done so in spite of incredible obstacles both externally and internally. Take a deep...

An Abundance of Kindness for an Abundance of Controversy

An Abundance of Kindness for an Abundance of Controversy

“I’ve got to stop using my husband as my illustrations,” I thought to myself immediately before I used my husband as my illustration. He recently had a birthday and is one of those people that says they want nothing for their birthday, nor do they want to do anything...

Don’t Drink The Poison

Don’t Drink The Poison

I am the youngest of three kids, and I can honestly say that my siblings are my best friends. They are both incredible people, and they pursue the Lord with all their heart; I can’t imagine my life without their wisdom, their silliness, and their friendship. But...

God’s Way

God’s Way

Relationships are hard, but they can also be very rewarding. I have experience when it comes to doing life with others. I am the middle child of three children, come from a very large extended family, have been working in the service industry for over 25 years, run my...

Mom, Mum, Momma, Mommy…What?

Mom, Mum, Momma, Mommy…What?

“Mom, Mum, Mommy, Momma, Ma, Mom....”“What?!”“Hi!!” How many moms can relate to Lois's reaction to Stewie’s continual calling of her? That scene from “Family Guy” is funny and very familiar. I remember the frustration of trying to find five minutes of quiet during the...

On Grief and Glory

On Grief and Glory

“I’m really good at compartmentalizing”. That was my response to a friend who recently brought me some bad news. I had been expecting this particular piece of bad news for a few weeks at this point, but the shock of actually hearing that my fears had entered reality...

Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

I’m probably dating myself with this reference, but a few years ago (read: close to 20. Heck, how was 2004 so long ago?!), there was this Geico commercial series with the tagline, “So easy, a caveman could do it!” Essentially, Geico was promoting their product to...

Mistakes Included

Mistakes Included

So, I married a man whose nickname is, “Mr. Nice Guy.” His other nicknames include, “Golden Boy” and “Goldie”. Early in our relationship, I actually hated it because I do not have the story to have ended up with “Mr. Nice Guy.” He’s the kind of person who eats...

Just As He Said

Just As He Said

The Easter season is often celebrated with bright colors and happiness; we are joyful because we remember the gospel, the good news, Jesus’ love for us through his death and resurrection. But what happens when we approach this bright and cheery season, or just life in...

Why Should I Help

Why Should I Help

I love springtime! Nature that was sleeping now springs to life! Grass sprouts up green, and flowers blossom as life-giving nutrients flow up through their roots. The birds’ songs even seem brighter with each morning’s dawn. Easter arrives during this time which...

The Same Grace

The Same Grace

Growing up, I was all about basketball. Extremely competitive in nature, I worked hard on the fundamentals and conditioning not only during the regular seasons, but every summer I worked hard to get better. My older sister was my basketball mentor. While I was on a...

Hydrate

Hydrate

I have two siblings, one of whom has lived in the UK for almost 5 years now. He and his wife moved there so they could travel, and they did a fantastic job of it. They hopped around Europe for years, spending all their free time in France, Italy, and Spain along with...

Keep it Holy

Keep it Holy

Living biblically is living holy. The truth of the gospel demands spiritual submission. PERIOD. Yikes! There’s no easy way to say, read, or write that, but now that I’ve gotten that out of the way... One reason I believe we struggle with the truth of holiness is this:...

Think Again

Think Again

Imagine that you are stuck in traffic on Route 66 on your way home from work. You’re in one of the two middle lanes that is crawling along, when suddenly you notice the right lane is moving. Your instincts tell you to wait; surely this lane will eventually start...

Running on Fumes

Running on Fumes

I have to admit something to you, dear reader: right now, my “hope tank” is running on fumes. As I prepared to write this week, all I could think was, “How on Earth am I supposed to encourage people when I, myself, feel so incredibly discouraged?”  I don’t share this...

For When You’re Falling

For When You’re Falling

I grew up with two Siberian Huskies: Shadow and Bandit. We had a huge backyard, so they normally stayed outside, fenced in. I’ve heard from other couples and learned personally that there are normally two very different kinds of people, and they marry each other. The...

Love Paralleled

Love Paralleled

Can’t you feel it? Love is in the air and you have officially entered into the great month of February 2021! I absolutely adore February because, as an elementary school teacher, it is a time not only to teach of the importance of being kind and loving towards one...