It gets harder every year. If you're a parent, you probably understand what I mean. I try so hard to keep the focus on Jesus during this Christmas season. I mean, cue all the cliches, right? He's the reason for the season! You can't spell Christmas without Christ. And all those familiar sayings. We do … Continue reading When An Attitude of Gratitude Isn’t Enough
When Knowledge Becomes Sin
A few years ago, I decided one of my goals was to run a half-marathon. I'd been an avid runner for many years but had never gone above a 10k. Then in the summer of 2018, I suffered a knee injury from which my doctor assured me while, yes, I would recover, my running days … Continue reading When Knowledge Becomes Sin
Breaking News From Babylon…
I am a recovering news junkie. If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know my background is in the world of journalism. After obtaining a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University, I worked for a short amount of time in both print and radio news before turning my attention to fiction … Continue reading Breaking News From Babylon…
You Have Nothing to Fear…Except for God.
This is my favorite time of year. After a long, hot New Mexico summer, there's a certain relief when fall finally arrives. The nights get cool, the leaves change hue, and I can finally-FINALLY-wear jeans without feeling as I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion. But also...it's spooky season. Ever since I was … Continue reading You Have Nothing to Fear…Except for God.
When Sin Seems Justified
"She started it!" "No I didn't!" "Yes you did!" "Nu-uh!" If you're a parent, I bet you're cringing right now. And, even if you're not, my guesses are you might be, too. Because we've all been there, either with our children, the children of others, or even in the memories of our own childhood. A … Continue reading When Sin Seems Justified
The Most Faithful Doubter In History
When we think of heroes of the faith, there are many names that come to mind. Abraham, Noah, David, Peter, Paul. But one man who doesn't get enough credit is John. No, not John the disciple. I'm talking about the other John, the original John, the first John (okay, not, like, the first John ever … Continue reading The Most Faithful Doubter In History
I Want To Be God’s Favorite
My daughter loves to pray. There is no sweeter sound in the world to me than her small voice speaking to Jesus. What's even sweeter is that she's still learning to pray so much of her verbiage comes from words and phrases she's heard others speak. She ends every prayer with "in Your Mighty and … Continue reading I Want To Be God’s Favorite
A Pinch of Salt Is All You Need
There's a light at the end of the tunnel, folks. Since my kids were born, we've been in the throes of "I won't eat anything but chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches." Try as I might to introduce them to different foods, my kids would, without fail, take the one required bite … Continue reading A Pinch of Salt Is All You Need
My Birthright for Some Stew!
"I would sell my soul for a piece of chocolate right now." Okay, we all know this a figure of speech. No one would actually sell their soul for food, right? (Although I admit, there were times during the worst of my pregnancy cravings I might have come pretty doggone close!) But we all know, … Continue reading My Birthright for Some Stew!
The Worst (and Best) Gift I Ever Received
I don't remember a lot about my childhood birthdays but there is one particular moment from one particular birthday that lingers even now, over thirty years later. One of those "flashbulb" memories, if you will. It was my sixth birthday, and my parents threw a large bonfire-type get together with my entire extended family. The … Continue reading The Worst (and Best) Gift I Ever Received