Ministry

Naturally, this part of the website tugs at my heart strings the most. You’ll be reading about issues near and dear to my heart that serve the kingdom of God, and I’ll include some devotionals as well. As a Guideposts contributor as well as author for Thomas Nelson and B&H Publishing/Lifeway, I often do speaking engagements throughout the U.S. If you’re interested in having me speak at your church, with a women’s group, or at a school near you, simply contact me through this website. I look forward to meeting you!

January 04, 2018
It’s something we women dread doing with a passion. I hate it even worse than a gynecology appointment. I think about it and then quickly find another task to steer my mind away from it, if only for a while. Usually women succumb to it’s calling twice a year, or in my case, once a year. But this creature eventually grows into to such a dreadful stat...
December 14, 2017
May the joy of Christ’s birth warm your heart! For HE is the reason for this glorious season!
December 11, 2017
Yes, you read correctly. There’s no typo in the above title. This is the time of year in which many of us do some serious soul searching about our beliefs, our life, and our relationship with others. Yours truly included. Holiday stress causes many of us to tune in more to our feelings than our faith. Anxiety rules over reason and we tend to overcompe...
October 13, 2017
Anyone that reads my blog knows I love music. Whether it’s country, classical, or a soft rock ballad that instantly takes me back to that first heartbreak, music has served as a powerful tool in my life. Every since the band Sleeping at Last debuted the song, “I’ll Keep You Safe,” I knew I’d eventually apply those lyrics to my children. You ca...
August 27, 2017
This is a tough time of year for many parents. Personally, this pivotal time came much quicker than I’d anticipated. Sure, my husband and I had dreamt about it, prayed for it and yet now that it’s here, I’m left with great melancholy. As I type this post, I’m sitting on a plane, en route to Florence, KY, where I’ll have lunch with my o...
The basics....
July 25, 2017
I’ll be the first to come clean: I’m the world’s worst at building up something in my little brain, only to be disappointed in the end. As an artist, I’ll envision some grand creation in my mind and how stunning it will look upon completion. Sure, I make the quest to Hobby Lobby or an art shop and purchase said materials, only to get performance...
July 05, 2017
I’ve replayed it over in my mind hundreds of times. Even though I was only nine or ten when it happened, I can still vividly remember the siren, the lights, the confusion… I loved to swim. Still do. I was a lifeguard during my teens and some of my fondest memories were at the local swimming pool hanging out with friends. But during the 70’...
June 27, 2017
​On the morning I turned 51, I gazed into the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. Although I’d earned every single wrinkle, stretch mark and age spot that glared back at me, it didn’t mean that I’d embraced it.
June 27, 2017
As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15 When I lived in Kentucky, our family would get so excited when the fruit stand finally received it’s shipment of fresh Georgia peaches. Memories still linger of sleepovers at my cousin Carolyn’s and...
June 17, 2017
Fatherhood and Floyd’s Barbershop: A Lesson Learned I’m willing to wager a big ol’ southern pecan pie that a huge majority of my readers know exactly what TV show I’m referring to in the title of this post. In fact, I have a few close friends with whom I love playing trivia quizzes regarding The Andy Griffith Show. We have great fun in tr...
June 04, 2017
Let’s just put the “D” word out there and get it over with: DIVORCE. The horrific act that millions of couples endure or have had to endure, including yours truly. I have friends going through divorce now, have read about nasty ones on the news, and remember speaking with heartbroken students who felt shattered, saddened, and torn between two hous...
Carolyn and I at Christmas.. She made sure I always had a reason to smile and give thanks.
May 23, 2017
It’s taken me close to a year to write this one blog post. Over. Three. Hundred. Long. Days. Oh I’ve tried, don’t get me wrong. And yet every time I’ve attempted to hammer out the first sentence, the tears fly, mascara burns my eyes and I turn into a blubbering emotional mess who wonders if her Prozac is really just a placebo. (Yes ladies, it’...
My mother, June, and I. She always knows how to make things fun.....most of the time:)
May 12, 2017
Yes, you read the title correctly. Last Autumn, when this blog was launched, I excitedly outlined in my menopausal brain what my most flowery, beautiful posts might be for the entire year: the background of why I moved to New Mexico, the majesty of the purple mountains I gazed upon every morning, my struggle as an empty nester, the deep symbolism of the...
April 15, 2017
I love spring in Taos. I love Easter. I love buying those infamous pink Peeps, coconut nests with jelly beans, and filling my daughters Easter baskets with random trinkets. Some years I have to mail their surprises (yes, I realize my daughters are almost 26 and 21) instead of giving them in person as an excited old mom, instead of an excited young one l...
January 30, 2017
​“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am str...
December 24, 2016
There was an old woman who loved gifting shoes, She had so many granddaughters she didn’t know what to do… My grandmother Amanda, more commonly known as “Mandy” was an incredible woman. She was brought up hard in the mountains of Appalachia, orphaned at a young age, and raised on the campus of Caney Creek Community Center which later b...
November 18, 2016
Several years ago a close friend jokingly told me that her family put the “D” in the word “dysfunctional.” Little did I know that in just a few years I’d feel that my family was also in the running, especially since the holiday season was fast approaching and with great trepidation. It seems more than ever that family tensions go through the r...
November 10, 2016
As a female, wife, mom, and children’s author, I’ve been asked on several fronts my thoughts on the election. While I’ve tried to remain quiet and just say, “it is what it is and America has to move forward,” I decided to finally share my thoughts, as some of the comments I read on social media are quite troubling. I love this country. Hec...
September 28, 2016
At this time of year in New Mexico, I always get excited about the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, one of the most photographed events in the world. For one week in October, balloonists from around the globe congregate in New Mexico, lighting up the sky with balloons of every shape and size. It’s a glorious site, especially at dawn during the balloon glow...
September 19, 2016
“But God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14 “There’s no WAY he was out!” You shout from the stands as the umpire makes the dreaded symbol with his arms. You heave a sigh of relief when the famous red symbol arrives to h...
September 12, 2016
It seems like yesterday when one of my daughters decided to make Noah’s Ark bracelets for the purpose of selling and raising money for Hurricane Katrina victims. As I watched her painstakingly thread the tiny silver beads onto wire, I couldn’t help but recall the much quoted words in the Gospel of Matthew: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you...
September 05, 2016
Have you ever asked yourself this question after hearing your husband say something TOTALLY inappropriate to you? Even worse, did your blood boil after witnessing your child’s boyfriend/girlfriend say something so rude that you’re counting down the minutes ‘til the ‘come to Jesus meeting?’ Unfortunately, we’re all likely to have experienced ...
August 24, 2016
After visiting my old Kentucky home and talking with friends and family, I’m reminded of just how unique God makes all of us. He instills dreams within every person and then equips us with the skills and talents to achieve them. Yes, He grants us free will and is thankfully a God of second chances. I wouldn’t be writing this blog if He wasn’t. And...
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