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A Better Inheritance

A Better Inheritance

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 18, 2016) My husband unloaded his treasure from the car and carried it downstairs. The large box held dismantled pieces of a crystal lamp that once…

Love or Nothing

Love or Nothing

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Jan. 29, 2016) “Isn’t love the most important thing?” My friend’s mother repeated the question for a second time as I attempted to share my born-again faith…

Read New Books, but Keep the Old

Read New Books, but Keep the Old

(ROCKWALL, TX – Jan. 9, 2016) A New Year means new reading for me—the result of a Christmas list that always includes books. I keep a year-round wish list, jotting…

A Chosen Cast of Characters

A Chosen Cast of Characters

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Dec. 17, 2015) We know every role in the Christmas pageant. The young woman is Mary, who stands before Gabriel—dressed in white, of course. Joseph, for some…

For Thanksgiving—Not Just Talking Turkey

For Thanksgiving—Not Just Talking Turkey

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Nov. 17, 2015) When it comes to planning Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey is a given. The big bird is so central to the feast that I hardly…

Winners all around at the National Bible Bee

Winners all around at the National Bible Bee

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Nov. 16, 2015) It’s better than a spelling bee and has a much higher purpose. The National Bible Bee encourages the entire family to enjoy God’s Word…

Autumn Speaks

Autumn Speaks

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Nov. 11, 2015) If you were a flower, what kind of flower would you be? A pastor’s wife posed the woman’s retreat-type question to our group. (I’ve assumed…

The Peace that Shows

The Peace that Shows

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – September 1, 2015) Georgia Mae Hendrix often wears a white sweater over a colorful blouse. And she can wear a smile. Residents of the assisted living facility…

Stephen Ministry: Lay Care-giving to Hurting People

Stephen Ministry: Lay Care-giving to Hurting People

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 22, 2015) “The sun is going to keep coming up.” That’s a healthy perspective shared by Carolyn K. these days. The RockwallCounty resident wasn’t always so sure.…

Fixing Our Eyes

Fixing Our Eyes

HEATH, TX. (June 25, 2015) We drove along the desolate landscape of south Texas toward the Gulf of Mexico for our first ocean vacation as a family. We finally came…