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[My heart can't let go of the tragedy that happened at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX. Their pain has given reason to pause. Today, I reflect on the power of church and ask that we continue to pray for these fine families who have lost so very much. I...read more
Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips." -Ecclesiastes 10:12, NIV A Gentle Tap I felt a slight touch on my right shoulder. As I turned from a conversation I was deeply involved in, she handed me a simple note. "I'm...read more
A Visit to the Archives Summer. A time for sobremesa! Time to linger and lounge and laugh...all over a great meal. I loved this blog post the first time and so wanted to share it again—with hopes it encourages us all to experience renewed commitment to sobremesa!...read more
Yesterday a beloved sister in the faith announced her painful decision to divorce her husband of twenty-five years. Along with possibly thousands upon thousands reading the same email announcement, a state of shock and deep pain settled inside my heart. "Rob,...read more
I spent a weekend in Corolla, NC, with 82 remarkable women. Nestled in on ordinary hotel ballroom, we experienced a powerful heartlift. Individually and corporately. We had one goal: make Proverbs 4:23 come alive in our lives. We centered on three words: Above. All. Else.read more
We are not built for everyone's bad news, or are we? Day after day, bad news streams into our lives. Just this week: A 22,000 lb. bomb, known as "The Mother of all Bombs (MOAB)," was dropped in the Achin district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan. An attack...read more
-Taken from the Archives, Lenten Thoughts from 2012. My Lenten Haiku: Lent strips the self bare A slow steady pace forward Fresh starts and clean slates I woke up yesterday morning before dawn. Primarily because my husband had to be at work very early. Usually, his...read more
Visiting the archives today, March 17, 2014. While I'm busy putting the finishing touches on my newest book (manuscript deadline, March 31), I have to pause and pay homage to one of my heroes: St. Patrick. Hope to one day visit the emerald isle of Ireland. Happy St....read more
Welcome to Thankful Thursday's with Janell & Friends! I met the lovely and powerful Daphne Delay "online" several years ago. We were part of a great group called, "Speaker Chicks," led by Master Mentor, Kathi Lipp. A year or so later, I literally bumped into her...read more
This scene has played out over and over in my life. Quite possibly you've lived this too: A friend or family member texts or calls you with troubling news. A cancer diagnosis. A high risk pregnancy. Discovery of an addiction. A marriage falling apart. The news always...read more
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