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 […]

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 […]

This Versus That: God’s Gentle Persuasion

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – April 9, 2017) I tried to push the sewing needle through the layers of fabric again and again before assuming I had a dull needle. Choosing another one, I kept at it—without success. Everyone around me in the quilters’ club worked easily while I spent half an hour trying to make one […]

Communication is key for local author

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – March 7, 2017) At the onset of writing her newly published book entitled “An Invitation into His Chambers…the Power of Intimacy with God,” local author Victoria Cleveland understood how communication is a vital key in any relationship. Whether it be family, friends or business peers, the ability to communicate effectively begins with […]

God’s Riches—Much More Than We Imagine

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Feb. 28, 2017) A group of college students from Texas stood in a long line of tourists waiting to see the “afterlife army” of China’s first emperor, who died in 210 B.C. The Terracotta Army Museum is one of the greatest archeological sites in the world. My son’s Mandarin-language instructor had planned […]

Auspicious Beginnings: When Faith and Love Converge

(ROCKWALL, HEATH, TX – Feb. 11, 2017) I’m still surprised I chose to attend the University of Arkansas. My parents didn’t like my far-away plan, especially when good schools were closer to home—smaller colleges, which seemed a better fit for me. My mother, who’d heard wild stories, had one stipulation: request a non-freshman dorm. I […]

Going through the motions

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Sept. 29, 2016) I stroll through the neighborhood at a slower pace these days. My old dog enjoys the extra time to dawdle. This, I tell myself, is fresh air but not exercise. I’m only trying to keep moving until my injured knee is strong again. My friend Ann has faced much […]