Three takeaways from the Olympics

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I love the spirit of the Olympics. What inspires me even more than the games themselves are the stories behind each athlete. A mountain of obstacles blocks their dream, and they find themselves stuck in deep valleys of pain, injuries and discouragement. Yet in the slogging through the valleys a burning desire for gold remains. Continue reading “Three takeaways from the Olympics”

Are we grumbling or complaining?

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This past Sunday at church our senior pastor spoke via simulcast to all the regional campuses about the vision for the church. One aspect of the vision challenged the six congregations to make 10,000 disciples. Disciples making more disciples. It’s a gigantic vision. Continue reading “Are we grumbling or complaining?”

When God asks you to do something hard

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I’m tired. December was a month of abundant activity but now I have the holiday hangover. Maybe it’s the sugar comma, the extra pounds, or the dreary pewter skies. Before the holidays, Continue reading “When God asks you to do something hard”

Why we should deal with our sins

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No one wants to leave their trash out for others to see. Yet, one of my garbage cans is sitting at the curb the day after pickup. Once a week I lug the filled-to-the-brim garbage container to the top of the driveway. Some servant drives by Continue reading “Why we should deal with our sins”

When the hits keep coming

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Harvey. Wildfires. Irma. When will it end?

I watched with disbelief the catastrophic flooding in Houston, my former home for 23 years. Just seven years ago Nashville was hit with historic flooding in downtown and the surrounding areas.

Lately, it seems the hits are coming faster and harder. Continue reading “When the hits keep coming”

When darkness shrouds the light…a few thoughts on the solar eclipse

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My husband and I witnessed the total eclipse of the sun last Monday, August 21—a day foretold by scientists with precision. I’m not really into science and wasn’t sure what all the buzz was about, Continue reading “When darkness shrouds the light…a few thoughts on the solar eclipse”

Letting go even when you don’t want to

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We sent our youngest daughter off to her senior year of college last week. After eight years of watching the kids leave it’s become easier. We hugged, said our good-byes early, and she took off later that afternoon when I wasn’t even around.

In the beginning this stinging letting go process accosted me unaware. Continue reading “Letting go even when you don’t want to”