You’re Breaking My Heart

You can probably see the hand going up, palm out; the face turning… eyes tilted… slit sideways glaring at you; front shoulder slumping downward to expertly avoid the burden they believe you have just attempted to place there.  Maybe you can even hear a huff escaping before,”Stop! You’re breaking my heart!” Can you hear it?…

Mourning,Positive Messages,Daily Devotional,Daily Devotionals,Christy Ethridge,Christy Webster,Inspirational Writing

Messages in the Mourning

This is a re-post of an article written during one of the most trying points of my life. It has been a “Private” post for a long time…but now in honor of the Lenten Season, here it is in its Revised Rendition (aka excessively unpleasant details have been removed for you). I offer it as a story of Faith…

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…

Peace, Baby, Peace

An important message shared by a friend… “This is what God chose as best, this is where He first became one of us: God chose to make His entry point into the world through the holy space of a woman, to enfold Himself inside of a woman, to drink of a woman, be held and…

Power of Prayer

When I was a kid I prayed most nights before bedtime…”Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. God bless Mommy and Daddy and Jamie and Grandmomma and Daddy John…(all of the family members and…

Angels Watching Over Me, My Lord

I have been a little bit of an emotional wreck lately. This morning, after only getting about 5 hours of sleep, I just wanted to pull the covers back over my head and close myself off to all that I needed to do and all of the things that are weighing on me. So I actually did get back in…

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In the Center of the Storm

This is an article that I originally wrote on April 16, 2011. A lot of things have changed since then… I am not a single mother of four…I am a VERY happily married mother of six. I am in a home and in a community where I feel like me again. Things are not perfect,…

“I have decided to stick with love…” MLK

In honor and commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. I wanted to offer you a few of his quotes to consider today. “Darkness  cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate;  only love can do that.” “Our  scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and  misguided men.”…

I Have Seen Yesterday, and I Love Today

My writing and my life are often mirror images…one and the same. My writing reflects my thoughts, feelings, hopes, pains, worries, and my dreams. I haven’t written lately…not because  I don’t have anything to say, but because I have so much  to say that I feel frozen.  I  feel frozen  in my life right now too. I have so…

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Signs in the Sky, Sand Castles, and A Destination

This morning on the way to school my youngest daughter asked me, “Do you remember the time that we saw all of the Sea Gulls in the sky?” It was an amazing spectacle. One of the biggest “WOW!” events that has ever happened to me to be sure…but they weren’t sea gulls, they were Pelicans.…

“And did you get what you wanted?…I did”

Motherhood is a quick and complete submersion into a brand new, indescribable world.  It is like nothing else. Yes, it is messy and at times terrifying, but it is also dazzling… blindingly beautiful. The moment that I looked upon the face of my newborn child, my life was transformed. In a split second, without even realizing the shift had occurred,…

Sex and the Church,God's Plan for Sexuality,Intimacy, and being Equally Yoked

One Lost Soul, Sister

Sex and the Church,God's Plan for Sexuality,Intimacy, and being Equally YokedTina Turner, Baby, all I have to say is, you got it ALL wrong! It’s not difficult to look at lives surrounded by easy come/easy go sex, drugs, alcohol, money, abuses of all kinds… just general hard-“living for the moment”… and understand why some people ask, “What’s love got to do with it?…” I always hated that song by the way. I don’t know what year it came out, but I remember I was still a kid, and even then I knew that it was MESSED UP….it was sad. It was bitter. It was lost. But in my youthful innocence I didn’t realize that  for some people”love” could be wrapped up with so much pain.

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