Children On Mission

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When our little one, Anna Laura, was only 6 months old, she took her first mission trip to Kenya to work in the villages where our ministry is serving.  I can not tell you how many people were shocked and concerned that I would even consider taking her “there.”  My response was, “Why wouldn’t I?”  God called me to be a missionary before He brought Anna into my life.  How could I even dare tell God, “Sorry, I know you called me to serve “the least of these” in Kenya, but now that I have a little … [Read more...]

The Witness Protection Program


Thanks to my momma and daddy, I’ve been in church all my life. I was raised with solid values and discipline. My parents did their job to the best of their ability. As a child I really didn’t know why it was important for me to go to church. All I knew was that it was part of our life and it was non-negotiable. When I was a teen, attending church on Sunday morning was the deciding factor on whether I could go to the skate center Sunday evening. My daddy use to say, ‘People who can’t go church, … [Read more...]

Ruled by Fear


For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT Sleep in the backyard in a tent? In the dark? Like most children, Fred feared the dark. His parents had talked to him, telling him there was nothing in the dark that wasn’t there in the light. Even as a youngster, he knew that wasn’t true. What about all those dangerous animals you never see in the daylight? Try as he might, he couldn’t shake the fear. Then one day at school, … [Read more...]

Passing Wisdom We Did Not Get

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Last night, Leila and I had our mom-daughter devotion and we talked about things I wish someone had told me when I was her age. As a mother, I want to be able to equip, inform and endow her with fundamental wisdom that I did not get when I was her age. My adolescence passed by with repeated gaffes, making wrong choices one after the other. What I knew about myself, my body, my talent and my relationships was taught to me by the world. So as much as I can, I'd like my daughter to avoid such … [Read more...]

Wisdom for successful living


Proverbs 3:13: NKJV Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; The Bible tells us that obtaining the wisdom of God, is the most important thing we can do in this life. Well that is going to take a lot of dedication on our part. We live in a busy world with a lot of things to demand our attention. But we have to ask ourselves the question, do we believe that God's Word is true? Well if we answered yes, then we have to make sure that we put seeking God's Word … [Read more...]

Hear. See. Move. (Part 2)


"Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man." -Joyce Meyer Welcome back to my blog and thanks again for allowing me to share my thoughts and experiences with you! It's been a few months since we last spoke, but I'm back and … [Read more...]

My Calling is to Abide


“Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5 For years now I have been convinced that my call in life is to be a missionary. My love for different languages and countries stems back to my childhood, and as I look at my life, my passions, and my desires, I … [Read more...]

Who Do You Love More?


The day we arrive at a new church I think about what the day that we leave will be like. This Sunday will be our last at Englewood Baptist Church. We will miss our EBC family so much. I have friends that are more like sisters, and in Christ, we are sisters. We have been blessed to be a part of this church family twice and leaving it the first time was hard enough. Now we must do it again. Many months ago, God began to stir us. We knew that He was moving us but where we did not know. When it … [Read more...]

Reading and Absorbing His Word


Understanding scripture can be confusing at times. If you're in a routine of reading daily and find yourself not remembering what you read or not being able to pass on what you learned to others, you probably didn't take much away from that precious time that you spent attempting to dig deep into God's word. It's time to take a step back and have a moment with our sweet Lord. Do you struggle with having the desire to read at all? Have you heard "force yourself first and the feelings and … [Read more...]

Hope for the Struggling Parent

Parenting is hard work! I always thought once my children became adults, I wouldn’t have to worry about them anymore. I was so wrong! If you are like me, you made it a priority to instill godly values in your children with the idea that they would carry these values into adulthood. What should parents do when they see evidence that their children have walked away from their faith? Many believe they failed as a parent. One day while I was praying for my children, the Lord brought me to … [Read more...]