• Devotional,  Life

    Relinquishing Control

    Recently, a dear family member of mine was taken advantage of by those scamsters who prey on the elderly. She was convinced to turn over money that she didn’t have in order to win a supposed bigger sum of money. My heart broke for her as she felt dumb, tricked, and naïve.   She felt even more embarrassed as several family members arrived to help sort it out, becoming a burden she didn’t want to be. We all loved on and encouraged her, but the conversation eventually took a turn down a road that we were all dreading. Relinquishing her finances. No one wanted to take away another piece of her…

  • Life

    Breaking Up With Snooze

    Four o’clock in the morning…a laughable time to be up doing anything but counting sheep. This girl is NOT a morning person, but not really a night owl either. I guess that makes me more of a loves-to-sleep kind of person. But this morning, like most Tuesdays, I get up at 4 AM. I have a standing breakfast date with a dear friend each Tuesday at 5:30. Nothing like some Waffle House to start your day off right! I really look forward to these days, though. Once I get over the initial dread of pulling myself out of bed, I realize that I am blessed with something that we all…

  • Life

    Mouse Vs. Watkins: The Pursuit of the Field Mouse

    Everyone has those little irrational phobias. Me? Mice and crickets. If you want to terrify me, put one of those in front of me. Why innocent little melodious crickets make my stomach flip, I don’t know. Both my husband and my father understand how real it is though, as they were constantly called to ‘cricket killing’ duty. But mice. These pesky little rodents that infiltrate the tiniest of spaces and wreak havoc on your belongings. These, I despise. In my previous apartment we had a mouse problem. It was an old house with any number of ways for mice to get in. They ate the back half of my pantry before…

  • Devotional,  Life

    Rock Me

    One of my biggest character flaws is this insane ability to think about things way more than necessary. I’ll think about them until I’ve come up with even the most unlikely outcome, how it’s going to ruin everything, and all the hard work it will take to correct it. Apply that to most situations, and you can imagine how exhausting that can be. I would venture to guess that I’m not the only one in my small readership that does the same thing…. I have been learning the value of controlling my thoughts and wanderings before they take control of me. Even the Bible recommends this practice. Paul said that…

  • Devotional,  Life

    Be Still

    It was one of those nights. I was displaying my awful communication skills to my husband who had had a long day and didn’t have the mental energy to keep up. What started out as relaxing, fun evening at home turned into an argument between a frustrated husband and a crying wife. I was frustrated because I couldn’t communicate what I was really feeling and taking his exhaustion as a sign that he really didn’t care. I fell asleep with my mind racing and woke up at 3:30 in the same lane. Now, I feel like I should pause and let you in on two little Kala secrets. First, one…