If I Was Nineteen Again

This morning a young lady, 19-years old, asked me a question, “What would you do if you were nineteen and could do anything you wanted to do in the world? Your parents aren’t putting any pressure on you whatsoever to do any particular thing…WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” I had to think for a moment. As I processed the gravity and profound implications of her question, I imagined that same question coming from my 13-year old daughter in less than six years! My answer, I firmly believe, would be the same … [Read more...]

Love Others: A New Command


"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." --John 13:34 New can be described as a plethora of things. It can be exciting, challenging, and daunting among many other adjectives. New is all of these feelings and much more when Jesus provides us a new command because it is personal and should be incredibly motivating. Anytime you see the words highlighted red, meaning the words are an exact quote from Jesus Himself, in … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

A Shuttered Library?

“Are you still doing speaking tours?” This was the question asked by a friend while I was on a speaking tour a couple of years ago. I don’t take any offense at comments like this; in fact I welcome them. If you don’t know me personally, then you may not realize why people ask me this question. And no, it’s not the first time someone asked me why I still tour and speak. You see, I am 77 years old, and apparently people think I should be at home knitting with the TV on. Actually, I don’t know … [Read more...]

Thanking your Pastor, 8 Ways to Show your Appreciation

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Has your pastor made a huge impact on your life? Has a leader from your Church been there for you through trying times? Church Leaders do so much more than share the Gospel. They care for the sick, perform weddings, and lead outreach efforts. There are many reasons that you might want to say thanks to your pastor or leaders within your church. Here are a few ideas for expressing your appreciation: 1. Never underestimate the power of a well written thank you note. It feels wonderful to open up … [Read more...]

Love in the Hurry

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When life's busyness hurries us through our days, it's easy to forget to love others through tangible actions.  We may think of ways to reach out—a word of encouragement, a gift, or an invitation—but we almost never have a convenient opportunity to do it, so we don't follow-through on our well-wishing thoughts.  As much as we wish that "it's the thought that counts" were true, we need to stop rationalizing our failure to act in love and start doing it! Here are 3 thoughts on loving … [Read more...]



He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147.3 Do you believe God heals? I do. I have experienced His healing in my life. It took time, because it's a process, but I've healed. You may already know this, but I have had surgery for torn rotator cuffs on both of my shoulders. The pain I felt when I injured them was bad enough but honestly, the recovery after surgery was worse! My right rotator had not only torn but there was an impingement in the shoulder area that … [Read more...]

Go Be Love


A friend of mine, Abby Pound, has recently started to paint. The pictures she paints are simple yet powerful. I bought a simple painting from her that had three words on it, “Go Be Love”. I look at these words and I could easily glance over them. But if we take a deeper look, we will find a beautiful challenge. LOVE:  First what does love mean? Is it the absence of fear? Is it the absence of hate? Many times in scripture Jesus challenges us to love. But why should we “Go Be Love”? Before I … [Read more...]