I saw a blurb in our church bulletin at First Baptist in Dalton for an upcoming event: Celebrate Life! was to be presented on Good Friday. I immediately got excited. If you grew up in a Baptist church in the seventies, you are probably familiar with Celebrate Life! It was one of the first musicals… Continue reading Celebrate Life! Again!
My friends and I had enjoyed a Saturday afternoon show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta and stopped in Marietta for an early dinner. As the sun was setting over the strip malls and car dealerships of Barrett Parkway, we climbed into my red Prius and headed home to the quiet of the Northwest Georgia… Continue reading Check your light
The week before Christmas, I visited my cousin Garner at her home at Kure Beach, North Carolina. I flew in on Sunday after church just in time to see her husband Butch play Santa Claus in the Kure Beach Christmas Show by the pier. I loved it! Butch was hilarious dancing and rapping with all… Continue reading Trash or Treasure?
Let’s be honest - how many of you right now are feeling like you would love to skip Christmas?
It’s Thanksgiving week and time to focus on what we are thankful for. The key word at my church the last month has been gratitude. Because I’m a ‘word nerd’, I got to thinking — what’s the difference between gratitude and thankfulness? Weuse them interchangeably and the dictionary lists them as synonyms, but theymust have… Continue reading Are you thankful or grateful?
On a beautiful warm day before the rain and cold weather came, I got outside and planted bulbs. I had bought some boxes of daffodils and little irises for half off at Home Depot and I had a bag of bulbs given to me last spring that I hoped were still good. I grabbed… Continue reading Planting Hope
I stepped out of my car in the shopping center parking lot a few days ago and on the ground by my foot was a white index card. Curious, I picked it up. On the flip side was written in sharpie across the card “You are important.” Three colorful smiley face stickers surrounded the words.… Continue reading You are important!
Running and writing do not always go together, although they should. I have been running for the last sixteen years and I’ve learned many life lessons that have helped me become a better writer. Since NaNoWriMo — National November Writing Month— is an endurance event for writers, I found many similarities between writing 50,000 words… Continue reading NaNoWriMo, or How Writing a Book is like Running a Marathon
Two weeks ago, I ran the Army Ten Miler in Washington, DC with my cousin Scott and his son Daniel. It was a great experience to be in our nation's capitol with all the military folks, including ROTC units from colleges all over the country, tough looking sergeant types and some very in shape young… Continue reading Living in the Moment
Most of us struggle at different times in our lives to be the person we feel God is calling us to be. What can we learn from Peter’s life about transitioning to a place where we feel at peace and fulfilled in our spiritual lives?