The Green-Eyed Monster

I have a nice blend-in alto voice that makes a pleasant contribution to our church choir. A woman I’ll call Peggy has a gorgeous soprano voice and is often asked to sing solos. We don’t really look alike, except that we have the same color and length of hair. A few weeks ago as I [Read More…]

God Is Still Calling

Last week I had the privilege of being one of four keynote speakers for the Young Preachers Festival at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. It was co-sponsored by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR) and the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. It was [Read More…]

Spiritual Fitness Training

Our family spent a week in Breckenridge, Colorado last summer. During the week we went on several hikes. The altitude there is almost 10,000 feet. While I had heard people complain about nausea and fatigue due to the altitude, I was pretty confident in my fitness level, given my 30-45 minute daily aerobic workouts. When [Read More…]

How to Declutter Your Home

For the past few years, I have had as a goal to declutter our home. My goal is to have our home reflect our current interests. I enjoy the process of decluttering and the order it brings to the home. Decluttering means boxing up the soccer trophies to give to our adult son Matt who [Read More…]

Surprise! You’re the Keynote Speaker!

I was at a banquet years ago that focused on celebrating the progress made by a consortium of ministers and churches to combat hunger in the community. I was having a delightful conversation with a pastor seated next to me, Rev. Goodson. The organizer of evening stood up and prayed over our meal and then [Read More…]

Hold Steady!

The theme of holding steady has been in my mind and spirit lately. It seems to be everywhere I look. A few nights ago on the news there was a story about bus driver Logan Tyer in Aledo, Texas. As he was picking up his last few children on the way to school, it started [Read More…]

The Little Red Hen

In December I was at World Market doing some Christmas shopping. I browsed through the scarves looking for gifts for my daughters and my son’s fiancée, and through the specialty foods section looking for unusual condiment for my foodie friends. My basket full of purchases, I was in the checkout line when my eye caught [Read More…]

Planes, Trains, and Hospital Beds: Lessons in Vulnerability

“Why are we here, Randy?” the older man asked the younger man. I wasn’t eavesdropping on their conversation. They were sitting in the next row of chairs in the surgical center waiting room where I sat early this morning filling out my pre surgery consent forms. I couldn’t help but overhear. “Why are we here, [Read More…]

Foreign Language Crash Course:”He is the fat one in the Corner. Do you sell Peanut M and M’s?”

Later this summer, my husband Murry and I are going to Europe. Half the time we’ll spend in France and the other half in Germany.That means, summer language brush up. I  have the I Speak French and the I Speak German Apps on my  iPhone. Plus, I have been working my way through both French for [Read More…]

Stuck

Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:30 am, Lee Dell Thomas, Jr. climbed up into a construction crane on the campus of Southern Methodist University where he held out in the sweltering heat for over 15 hours in a standoff with police. Bystanders stood with binoculars observing his every move. I heard them say things on [Read More…]


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