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2018 Revisited

It has taken way too long to get into 2019. It seems I am paralyzed to move into the new until I revisit the old. Here are this year's questions to take a look back to better look forward. What are the best (and worst) moments to remember from 2018?What did you learn...

Crossings retreat

          Would you like to pull away to Camp Maranatha just outside Huntsville for the day - Saturday, November 3? This day retreat is 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, and hosted by Central Presbyterian Church, Huntsville.   I will be teaching from...

Sorrow is lent; joy is given.

        Amy Carmichael wrote about sorrow. I have kept this in my Bible for years and it still comforts me. In┬ádays of tragic loss when my heart is wrapped around my daughter in law, her mother, and my son, I have been clinging to these words:...

Come to the Manger

          I am just going to ask - Do you love Christmas? I don't. And it bring out my every vulnerability to admit this and makes me feel sad and like something is very wrong with me. For me, Christmas is a complete stressor. Months prior I...

Backstory to You Say

              Remember this song on repeat? It still is.   Here's Lauren Daigle's backstory to You Say. She asked, 'where do I fit in, where is my security, where is my footing? The patterns she talks about in her life somewhat...

My cup runneth over

We have been so blessed to have had four occasions since June with all seven of our grandchildren!   Enjoy this little interview with all of them:   Ben's birthday, June 2018           Camp Zannie*Beene, July 2018     My...

3 ways to gain victory over your calendar

          Teach me to number my days aright that I may gain a heart of wisdom. + Psalm 90: 12. This is the prayer I've prayed for over eight years in the ongoing battle with my calendar. What I have so desperately sought is a sense of peace...

And the winner is…

            Kerry Comer!   Time for me to send out some awesome school supplies to this lovely lady. Kerry, thank you for entering the give-away and for being a long time loyal reader of the blog. I appreciate you! Readers, stay...

4 more days

            To enter all you have to do is share. Share one of my Facebook or Instagram posts or a post from my blog, brushstrokes from God's word. All the links are on my homepage. By Friday. I'll announce the winner over the weekend....

7 things I do to actually start writing

            About writing - or finishing up what you've started... I have been asked several times how I get started writing and how I bring the project to the place of completion. A few years ago a literary agent told me that a writer...

Our City Story

What we have all been waiting for - another incredible evening of worship! The Barlow girls are coming to Huntsville to tell their story of God's mercy and grace in the international world of high fashion. Something we may never have thought of, something God is using...