Grandaddy versus Abel Tucker…Round One

  Able Tucker was born in much the same way that all babies are born. He had a one year old birthday party, and a two-year old birthday party, and a three-year old birthday. But when he turned four, as some folks do, he went right from being a baby sucking down milk to being a fifty…

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…

Granny Naomi, Indian Spirit – Part I

My Daddy was a real good-looking man. We aren’t real sure who all his people were because the Jefferson County Courthouse burned down just after he was born. All the records of births and deaths and marriages went up in smoke. Like quite a few people up in these parts,  Daddy had a good amount…