Beyond {Five Minute Friday}

Beyond my ability to understand ... Why I am far too often unmoved by the people who live with lack while I squander my abundance, that others are willing to die for a moment with fellow believers while we complain about how long our church services are, and that orphans languish around the world while we fill empty bedrooms with work-out equipment, craft supplies, and the toys that won't fit in our children's bedrooms. And yet, there are those who challenge me by their sacrifice to bring ... [Read More]

One Amazing Summer: On Building Walls and Making a Difference

Nehemiah is one of my favorite books of the Bible.  I love Nehemiah's willingness to be obedient to God and his heart for seeing God's people reconnected with Him. Why was rebuilding the wall so important?  What difference did it make? The wall represented protection and stability.  At the time of Nehemiah, Israel and Judah had long since collapsed and the Hebrews had been exiled into Persia.   Many of the exiles had returned to Jerusalem but they had not rebuilt the wall surrounding the ... [Read More]

Three Hearts, One Amazing Story

Samaritan's Purse is a ministry dear to my heart.   Most people know of the work of this organization because of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes; but, they do so much more.   Last year I shared the Christmas catalog for Samaritan's Purse and invited you to join me in buying gifts that spread hope and life around the world. On April 27, 2011, tornadoes devastated North Alabama.  In fact, the county in which we currently reside was profoundly affected by the tornadoes that day with one small ... [Read More]