Jesus Has Overcome!

I've started and stopped this post several times. What words could I ever string together to explain what the last year has been like. One year ago today I got up like every other Sunday morning and headed to worship with my church family. But by the end of the day I was in the cardiac care unit at a local hospital with a 2-1/2 inch stent. Who could ever have guessed a 42-year-old healthy woman with no risk factors would have had a major heart attack ... while singing with the choir at ... [Read More]

10 Verses from the Psalms for the Dark Days

It's stormy here in North Alabama. Even the screen on my weather app is gray. I don't know about you, but on days like this, I just want to curl up with a warm blanket and a good book. Sometimes, though, the dark days come even when the sun is shining bright.  Life brings storms that catch us off guard and we struggle to navigate through the unexpected and difficult. I have several friends right now who are facing dark days. Over the past week I've had conversations with women who are dealing ... [Read More]

Learning to Offer Continual Praise

  This morning I was reading Psalm 61. Witten by David, this psalm is a plea to help him recall the faithfulness of God at all times. These familiar words are from this passage: Lead to me to the rock that is higher than I, for You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. But David's desire wasn't just to know the presence of the Lord in times of trouble, he sought the comfort of God's nearness at all times. Let me dwell in Your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the ... [Read More]

Slowing Down When Life Is Busy

Lately I've sort of felt like I've been meeting myself coming and going.  We're in the beginning weeks of the busiest time of year at the Underwood Abode. From the time school starts until the National Championship football game, it's full speed ahead. You'd think after years of it being this way, I wouldn't find myself so shocked when it all starts. But here I sit, two and a half weeks into September, thinking, "Oh my word! I'm tired already." My body and soul need space and quiet and rest. ... [Read More]

A Monday Morning Choice

It's 8:06 a.m. as I type this. I have a major writing deadline at noon today. My house is a wreck. The laundry is out of control. My back is aching. The storm last night left a HUGE mess in my backyard. And my quiet time this morning was less encouraging and more convicting. I hate it when Monday barges in like she's the boss of me. Every part of my flesh wants to whine and put on Facebook how overwhelmed I am, how badly my week is starting, how tired I feel ... But there's this: . . . ... [Read More]

Embrace {a little} Chaos

About 14 years ago I started teaching a women's Bible study class.  I've pretty much been teaching in some form or fashion ever since.  I've learned so much through my studying and through the discussions held with countless women and I'm thankful for every single opportunity I have to open the Word and encourage others. But I've also learned another lesson: Whatever I'm teaching is where I'm going to be tested! This series is no exception. Y'all, our life has been topsy turvy all month.  This ... [Read More]