The Immeasurable Power of a Story

The Immeasurable Power of a Story

(ROCKWALL, TX — March 5, 2018) The phone rang as I sat proof-reading articles in the office of a Christian monthly in San Antonio. I only knew the caller, Martha Fanning, as the wife of the locally well-known pastor Buckner Fanning. She wanted to ask about publishing a personal faith story she had shared at […]

Finding Our Calling

Finding Our Calling

(ROCKWALL, TX — February 9, 2018) When the phenomenon known as American Idol returns to the airwaves in March, hopeful contestants from across the country will set themselves up for either the world’s approval or something much less. Millions of viewers will see some gifted young singers rise to become shining stars while the much […]

One Expensive Christmas Gift

One Expensive Christmas Gift

(ROCKWALL, TX — November 29, 2017) It’s my favorite holiday, though I don’t observe it well. Maybe I could be excused for still trying to get Christmas right since it only comes once a year, or, maybe not, since I’ve had plenty of years to practice. One of my challenges is gift-giving because I’ve never […]

Keeping in Step with God’s Purposes

Keeping in Step with God’s Purposes

(ROCKWALL, TX — October 30, 2017) She leaps and she spins. And the rest of us try to keep up with her. I was somewhat petrified before meeting Raina. Not scared stiff—just stiff. Now, a decade later, I’m thankful for the years of attending her cardio-exercise classes at a local gym. Her dance routines, which […]

The Greater Eclipse

The Greater Eclipse

(ROCKWALL, TX — September 29, 2017) Much of North America embraced peace and harmony in late August. Our socio-political cacophony took a mid-day break as citizens—Alt-Right, Alt-Left, and the greater numbers in between—stood in unified wonder over a heavenly phenomenon. Some people travelled hundreds of miles to view the Great American Eclipse of 2017 from […]

It’s official: Community Bible Study in Rockwall

It’s official: Community Bible Study in Rockwall

(ROCKWALL, TX — August 30, 2017) It may not be the biggest Bible study in town—yet. Community Bible Study (CBS) came to Rockwall quietly last summer when three women formed a pilot group for the nationally-known study. Attendees began meeting at Kathie Lunsford’s house in June, 2016. The Rockwall resident and her husband moved here […]

Lessons from a Palm Tree

Lessons from a Palm Tree

(ROCKWALL, TX — August 2, 2017) Some 10 years after a devastating earthquake off the coast of Peru, a missionary family visited the site of what had been the town of Yungay. They walked across a vast plain, now a national cemetery, that covered the remains of homes, stores, buses, and bicycles—18 feet beneath them. […]

A Time to Cast Away

A Time to Cast Away

(ROCKWALL, TX — July 14, 2017) I quit watching the Inauguration Day news coverage to head for my bedroom closet. After seeing the new First Lady adorned in a powder blue dress that looked familiar to me, I scanned the nether regions of my closet where a few ghosts of my past still reside. And […]

Global Advance: Missions that Make Sense

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – June 5, 2017) There’s a non-descript office complex perched on the east side of Ridge Road in Rockwall with a view toward Lake Ray Hubbard. For passers-by, a street-facing signboard suggests a missions or ministry office: Global Advance. Curiosity about the organization sent me online, where I found a world of good: […]

Faith Lessons along the River Thames

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – April 27, 2017) “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it….” Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) As a mother of three young adults (forever young to me), I enjoy reading articles and blog posts by millennials whose faith is surviving the powerful sway of the bigger world they navigate. This […]