Starring : Mr. Smarty-Pants Whippersnapper or You

Two nights ago I had a dream. It was actually more of a vision. Lights were out…. darkness surrounded all except for the luminous stream of light particles and words on a movie screen. I don’t know what movie had been playing, but it was over and it was time for the “credits” to roll.…

Do I Care if There is No Heaven?

I know…I know. I said that I wasn’t going to get “heavy”…but sometimes I just can’t help myself. I have been considering deep questions presented to me earlier this week…Then I woke up this morning with this song in my head…and the two seemed to go together. OK…lighter fare will be on the menu tomorrow.…

You are Beautiful…That is What They Will Say

Do you ever get immediate confirmation that you are not crazy? It is good to get confirmation that you are not crazy! Or do you ever get immediate confirmation that you are “on the right track”? You ask for a sign, “Is what I am doing what I should be doing?”…and “Voila!”…there you have it…your…

Jealousy is Not a Tasty Treat

I had an important realization Sunday afternoon. I was driving down the road thinking about the spot-on amazing sermon that I heard in the morning… and the wonderful words of encouragement spoken by Jen Hatmaker on Friday night and Saturday morning at a Women’s conference I attended. And I was thinking about how my friend…

So Many Goodies! (Please Take One!)

This weekend I felt like a little kid at a candy store. You don’t need to be rude and remind me that I am not a kid. I am old. I wasn’t at a candy store either. Everybody likes to go to a candy store! I was at a place that many people would probably…

Paths of Light, Love and Life…(Notice I Said “Paths”?)

Picture with me a few images…  a “mash-up” of views from Western North Carolina and East Tennessee where I was last week. Stand with me on a high hill top: Purple red-buds…shades of pale green leaves….dog wood trees, white and pink… bright green grass…. daffodils, tulips, forsythia and phlox more brilliant than a new box of…

Warning!!! Get Out! … of the Grave

“Iraqi forensic teams in the newly recaptured city of Tikrit have started exhuming bodies (around 1, 700 soldiers) from mass graves believed to contain some of the hundreds of soldiers killed by Islamic State militants last year, a government spokesman said Tuesday. Later, the Islamic State group posted graphic images online that appeared to show…

The Possible Paths From Here…

Friend: “There is going to be a blood moon tomorrow morning…the 3rd of 4.” Me: “Yes. What do you think about that?” Friend: “Read an article and some Christians think it’s a sign of the second coming.” This was part of a text conversation that I had yesterday with my friend Joy. She is at…

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?…

Dogs, God and Fish and Chips

Today on our way to his school, my 15 year old son and I were doing our typical verbal “sparring.” Usually the topic is something completely stupid…like how I didn’t know for a really long time that “chips” in “fish and chips” were actually french fries because I LOVED Long-John Silvers fish and chips and I…

Ode to “Mr. Billy”

Right now a church that I used to consider my home- away- from -home will be celebrating the life of a beautiful man that everyone knew as “Mr. Billy”.  Mr.Billy Hodges… official job title, “Sexton”. Yes, he looked after the church and the churchyard…but what he did was so much more! I have no idea…

And They’ll Know we are Christians by our Hate

“Whoa! Wait a minute! That isn’t how the song goes!”  “That song tells us that they’ll know we are Christians by our LOVE”. Indeed, “love” is what the song says…but when I look at our world -and that includes church leaders and church goers – what I see are a lot of haters. We are…