Sticking Together

I gave him a big hug when I saw him. My history with this man and his late wife goes back to the time when I was a young girl. They were missionaries on a distant foreign field, and I was in my church, cutting up pictures of strangers who had birthdays that I could … More Sticking Together

Old Friends

“It’s amazing that after 27 years, we can pick up like we’ve never been apart.” That’s what a retired missionary to Venezuela said as we ate dinner. They’d driven to the conference from South Texas and visited friends along the way. There’s a bond in this group as I hear snippets of conversations on our … More Old Friends

Alone in a crowd

The first day was the hardest, as I found myself wandering into an auditorium I’d sat in many times before. The problem was…the last time I was here, he was with me. For some reason, I didn’t see anyone I knew, so I found a spot and sat down. Over 1000 people, and I couldn’t … More Alone in a crowd

Watching from afar

Jesus went all the way back to the beginning when he said,  For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let man [or mother] not separate. There is one thing when you leave your parents and cleave to your spouse, … More Watching from afar

I spoke in his place

I did a hard thing this past weekend…I served as the Jenkins Center’s featured speaker for the first seminar of the semester at Southern Seminary in Louisville. I’ve spoken there before, but this time was different. While I shared just with women on Saturday, I spoke on evangelism to a mixed group on Friday night. … More I spoke in his place

Evil Days

I know, as per Solomon the Wise, there is nothing new under the sun, but the days we’re living in sure do seem to me to have an extra helping of evil sprinkled in. I find myself watching less and less of the news, and yet, I still can’t avoid feeling the change. Perhaps that’s … More Evil Days

Always His Day

Today is the day he was born. It marks him. It is his day in history…but he’s not here to enjoy it. What do you do with the birthday of the one you loved and lost? Let it slip quietly by? Make a big deal out of it? Let grief overwhelm you? Or, just be … More Always His Day