• Devotional

    Jesus Loves Me: An Old Song With An Eternal Message

    My husband text me a YouTube link to a song this week, insisting I listen to it. On my way home, I clicked on the link and it took me to a Gaither Vocal Band video. Not surprising. Brandon is a Southern Gospel junkie, always sharing songs with me in an effort to convert me. Not a ‘convert’ quite yet…. The song choice was simple. The quartet sang an artistic version of Jesus Loves Me, a very familiar tune. This time, I stopped and actually listened to the lyrics, struck for the first time by the depth of the simple, child-like lyrics. They spoke to this heart of mine that…

  • Devotional,  Family

    Playing With Dolls

    Hallie absolutely LOVES baby dolls- a stage I hope she stays in for at least a little while longer. I love watching her fill up an old purse of mine with used gift cards in one of my mom’s old wallets, a defunked cell phone, a mystery set of keys, and a checkbook cover and register. She feels so grown up wearing the purse and pushing the stroller and baby around the house. A friend of ours recently gave me a bag containing a couple of American Girl dolls, a bunk bed, and a handful of outfits. She knew the girls would enjoy them, but I think she had an…

  • Devotional,  Ministry

    Just Loving People

    Addiction. We hear about it on the news and sadly among our own family and friends. It is an epidemic plaguing our society. At one point, the world of addiction was totally foreign to me, something I’d only heard about, but had no real contact with. I was raised in a Christian home, with two parents who loved Jesus and each other very much. I’ve been in church practically my whole life. Then I married my husband Brandon, who dealt with addiction in his past. There is a powerful story there, but his to share. (Maybe as a guest writer one day?) I got a crash course into the life,…