Persevering: Amid Piles of Rubble or Puddles of Mush

Persevering: Amid Piles of Rubble or Puddles of Mush

The year 2020 arrived with more than a bang: a US embassy attack followed by ballistic missiles and the resulting loss of a passenger plane. Meanwhile, as Australia battled wildfire, several other countries experienced either earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. Closer to home, we watched a troubling impeachment trial and grieved the death of a beloved […]

Rockwall Stingerette Senior Showcase: Faith Brightwell

Rockwall Stingerette Senior Showcase: Faith Brightwell

(ROCKWALL, TX – Dec. 9, 2019) This week’s Stingerette Senior Showcase is Miss Faith Brightwell. Faith is the daughter of Cynthia Brightwell and Robert Brightwell. Faith currently holds the position of Stingerette Head Manager. She is also the Stingerette Chaplin. Faith also served as a past manager. Areas of interest for Faith are forensic science and […]

Clinging to Faith: A Close-Up View of Suffering

Clinging to Faith: A Close-Up View of Suffering

(ROCKWALL, TX — March 28, 2019) She sounded worried on the phone, and no wonder, her husband faced a federal indictment in connection to a former employer’s wrongdoings. The trouble was only beginning for my friend Luann and her family. Ominous clouds closed in on their once bright lives—rich in Christian fellowship, community service, and […]

Chick-fil-A awards Rockwall student with college scholarship

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 21, 2019) Big congrats to Faith Mitchell! She received a Leadership Scholarship from Chick-fil-A Rockwall for her incredible work at the restaurant and in our community. Faith has been serving guests at Chick-fil-A in Rockwall for the past year and a half. She volunteers with AWANA and goes on mission trips with […]

Raising Our Trust-in-God Quotient

Raising Our Trust-in-God Quotient

(ROCKWALL, TX — March 13, 2019) She was unstoppable and courageous. At least her pink shirt said so. But her sudden wailing revealed something else. She was rigid with fear after a sharp-toothed terrier rejected her affection. When my granddaughter suffered two wounds and received a few stitches for each, we gained a reminder about […]

Joining in the Esteem of Heaven

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Dec. 16, 2018) I fancied myself an actress after starring in my eighth grade play, but high school became more competitive. A girl named Mary received the lead role in our spring production while I accepted the part of collecting admission tickets for the event. When Mary graduated and left Arkansas to pursue […]

One Week in Heaven

One Week in Heaven

(ROCKWALL, TX — October 15, 2018) I have a new appreciation for the phrase, “My faith has become sight.”  My Mother spent most of her 100 years living “by faith”.  She could not see the future.  She did not live in the past, even though she had lots of it.  Growing up in a family […]

Discombobulated: When Your World Goes Awry

(ROCKWALL, TX – September 10, 2018) I always hoped to draw the “cozy cottage” card when playing The Game of Life. But now that I’m unpacking in a much smaller home I’m questioning my game plan. This current challenge does not compare with a life-threatening ordeal, but it sure feels like preparation for the next life. […]

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 […]

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