Eye of the Storm,Troubled Relationships,Center of the Storm,Coping with Depression

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,…

“Loves Me Like Jesus” – Makes Me Want to HURL

I have A LOT to do today…but I can tell that I am not going to be able to concentrate until I get this off of my chest. Please don’t misunderstand me…I am a definitely a Jesus loving, Good- Ol’ -Country girl. I’ve lived in Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama…I love me some country music radio – and the countrier…

“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.”…

Sacred Poems and Prayers

Psalm 1… a good place to start a much-needed read-through of the Bible. When I decided that my first New Year’s Resolution was to spend daily time with God it seemed important that I have a plan. Time with God could mean anything really – an acknowledgement that I made it through another night and woke…

“Essential Prayers” to Start it ALL Right

HELP  THANKS  WOW  the Three Essential Prayers  … by Anne Lamott  – That is the title of a book that my Mom gave me for Christmas. Christmas 2012. Twelve days ago. Christmas. Has it really already come and gone? Again? How can that be? And tomorrow my children return to their classes after a great…

A Life Time Ago – In the Beginning Part One

“Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone…” # 7 ~  from The 2nd Ten Commandments. My oldest son brought home a couple of pieces of card stock paper a while back. He had gone with some friends to hear an inspirational speaker, the basketball coach for Northern…

“THE WALL” – Not a Barrier but Protection for a Heart

The Wall by Jeff S There was a moment during my marriage (perhaps you could say it was the emotional end of my marriage), when “the wall” went up. It was the moment when I said “I realize that I do not know you, you are not safe for me, and I will not allow…

“Let There Be Peace”…God’s Way Day by Day for Success

My oldest son gave me a devotional book a few years ago by Charles F. Stanley called “God’s Way Day by Day”. Each day there is a Bible verse and a little “food for thought.” It isn’t a book that says,Thanksgiving Day reading…or Easter Day reading…or Election Day reading… but this is what November 6,…

The CHURCH is not a Building – it is You and Me (We have Eyes and Ears)

Pastor Jeff Crippen says in his article “Christless Religion is Always Abusive” the following statement: “Christ is the central and chief theme of the Bible in both Old and New Testaments.  His disciples could not understand the Scriptures until He opened their minds to this fact.  They just didn’t get it. Neither do many who claim…

“What is Abuse” ~ Do YOU Know?

What is Abuse? Very few people know what abuse really is, though everyone seems quite ready to give advice to its victims.  If you believe that abuse is physical battering, you have some learning to do. Abuse is fundamentally a mentality.  It is a mindset of entitlement.  The abuser sees himself as entitled.  He is…