•   I've been chatting with a few close friends and told them that I feel as if the Lord has been testing me.  I'm sure you might feel the same way at times.  He allows us to go through hard times, stressful times and times of feeling like we are wandering through the desert alone. Why?  As it says in Deuteronomy 8:2..."in order to know what was in your heart"  If your faith is weak...you may not know it if your life is all rainbows and unicorns.  When hard or...

  •   This was one of my newsletters that folks said I should make into a blog post...so...here it is!  It truly shows how one small act of kindness can make a huge impact!  Warning..you might need a kleenex or two :)    I have a quick story to tell and then you'll see why I told it.  Trust me..it's very emotional for me to write about.    It was 1977 and I was 11 years old and seriously a good kid.  I was always busy doing odd jobs to help ...

  • 'I'm at the point in life where I can actually say I've gained a bit of wisdom.  I guess mid-life "ain't" so bad..lol.   One of the things I've learned is how to gain inner peace.  I've never been the most patient person and in fact, I can fly off the handle pretty darn easy...but...I've learned how to overcome so much and have a peace that goes beyond all understanding!    Most folks say...."Wow..you have 13 kids..you must never have peace!"  Well, actually I have "peace" no matter how noisy...

  • (*You can listen to the audio version of this, below) I understand those who have dealt with the pain of rejection, sickness, addictions or being hurt by others in any way shape or form. It can have long lasting consequences.These "hurts" or "issues" have a funny way of lingering and hanging in our past and present.Several years ago, I decided to give my "hurts" and "issues" to God and let Him use them.  Obviously, He let certain things happen for a reason...You know what He did?  He gave me "beauty"...

  • One of my deepest fears, throughout my life, has been that I was inadequate...."less than".   I remember taking a professional personality trait test once and it really nailed it.       I was "the achiever"...but...only due to fear of failure!      Fear of failure is what drove me (drove me fairly insane, honestly!)          Fear of failure can do to you exactly what it was doing to me.  It was preventing me from truly experiencing God's love and grace.  I was more concerned with being a...