What is the Title? How about “Debauchery on a Boat?”

Yesterday I started a new post…but it really didn’t say what I wanted it to, so I scrapped it. That doesn’t happen very often, thankfully. Usually when I sit down to write it is because I am compelled to…not because I am obligated. As my mother recently told my father, “Christy doesn’t usually do things…

More than Animals

Life should not be more complicated than need be… problems and drama and crazy-making should not take up our time. People should not be simple-minded … drawn into things that are of no significance.Each of us should hope to be made of something deep and substantial. We are more than animals following the grumbles of our stomach…

It Really is THAT Simple

Yesterday I spent several hours in planning sessions for exciting new ministries that are about to launch at my church. After my last meeting with a group of three other women, we walked into the hallway outside of the church library and our Pastor greeted us and inquired about our progress. I chimed in… “It was extremely productive.…

Who Am I…or Whose…

I had never heard of “Redemptive Gifts”…but since I began attending my church a few short months ago, I have heard a lot about it. People in the congregation might say, “I’m a teacher” or “I’m a mercy” or “I’m a giver.” My pastor is an “exhorter”. My husband says he is a “ruler”…and that I am…

Archie’s Learning and Lessons

Archie’s brother came for a visit one summer before Archie got sick.  Daddy was outside sitting on the porch swing and visiting with the two red-headed brothers. “Don’t believe anything that you hear about mountain folks… unless it’s good.” Archie told Sal. “ I’ve lived here for over thirty years now and I am surprised…

Plans for Prosperity

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 I have to say that this is probably my favorite bible verse in the entire Bible…at least at this “season” in my life. When…

Naomi’s End

My granny Naomi moved herself and her boys back into the little shack that she had grown up in. Her Momma didn’t mind her pretty daughter and her fine young grandsons coming back home. She just had one rule that they all had to follow: they all had to be at church every time the…

NOT a Coincidence

Coincidence : 1. a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected 2. the fact, condition, or state of coinciding 3. of or relating to a circuit that produces an output pulse only when both its input terminals receive pulses within a specified interval   Hhhhmmmm….keep in mind #3.…

What are We Afraid Of?

The other night I had an “otherworldly” visitor. It showed itself to me at my bedroom window on the night before I bought my new home (notice I said “home” and not house? Years ago I bought an old painted door at a church auction for $40 that read, “A house is made of wood and beams, but a…

Come Little Children Come

Before, in a life that seems long long ago, I was a preschool teacher. I use the term “teacher” VERY loosely…because I my role was more a facilitator of play. We had our hands in the paint and in the beads and in the dough. We were always outside looking for rocks and pine cones…