They’re Here!

I was blessed to have more than 20 years with my Mama’s parents. Grandmama and Granddaddy made life pretty special. Granddaddy told the best stories, gave us lots of laughter, and instilled in us deep courtesy for others and strong work ethic. Grandmama nurtured us, cooked with us, rocked us, taught us how to be […]

Farther Along…

This is the last post in our series of discussions on Corrie ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place.” And in the 5+ years we’ve been doing this, this is the saddest I’ve been to see a book discussion end. There were a lot of emotions while I was reading this book, but this, this chapter – […]


For those of you who aren’t reading along with us, let me tell you a story… It was at a church service in Munich that I saw him, the former SS man who had stood guard at the shower room door in the processing center at Ravensbruck. He was the first of our actual jailers […]

Life in Color

Life was so much easier when it was in black and white. Think about it. The good guys wore white hats. The bad guys wore black ones. Life, behavior, and even people were easily categorized – good or bad. Roy Rogers wore a white hat, thus he was good. For many years, my world was […]

Empty and Undone

What Love Can Do

It’s amazing what love can do. It can heal. It can give hope. It can restore one’s worth. It can save lives. Think of the woman in John 8. She had been caught in bed with a man who wasn’t her husband. According to the law, the religious leaders were within their rights to stone […]


Have you ever felt completely alone? Like nobody has ever been through exactly what you’re going through. There’s no way they can understand you. And nobody wants to be around you, Debbie Downer. Just keep to yourself, Negative Nelly. You suck the joy out of a party. I’ve been there. In fact, I think that […]

Clearer Vision

For several years, I had the opportunity to travel on medical mission teams with Mercy International. As a non-medical person, I wasn’t sure exactly how helpful I could be, but I found two roles where I was a productive member of the team. One of these roles was as a pharmacy tech. The other was […]

The Faith to Wonder

At what point does depression turn to a desperation strong enough to consider suicide? I’ve considered it a number of times over the last 25 years. But the times that I got closest were times that a little voice whispered to me – over and over again: “It never gets better.” It would be pretty […]

Playing “Mousie”

My Granddaddy was a character. And one of my earliest memories was him “playing” his favorite game with us. It was a game that he had created just for his six beloved grandchildren—a game called “Mousie.” The winner of this game was the grandchild who could be still and quiet (like a mouse) the longest. […]