Reigning in the holidays

(December 6, 2012) Lights, camera, action! The Christmas holidays beckon us to perform. We’ll host get-togethers for friends or family. We’ll decorate, shop, wrap, bake, and send out greeting cards with our family photo—the one that shows us looking relaxed. The Christmas season has a way of strapping us into the back seat and taking […]

Beholding wonders

October 9, 2012 – A fall road trip took us across the country in a direction we’d never traveled. Amazing desert vistas lay ahead—more wonderful than we’d imagined. My husband and I had decided to take our daughter’s car to her at college— a 1300-mile-journey from our Texas home. The trip would be a visit, […]

Straight ahead – in the wrong direction

(August 26, 2012) – Reading the book of Jonah for the first time troubled me. Not the miraculous aspect—I easily digested the man-gets-swallowed-by-fish part. But Jonah’s stubborn response to God bothered me.  I couldn’t relate to the prophet’s attitude—until I found myself following his example. Wednesdays meant prayer meeting at our church on the edge […]

Heat and Ice: God’s Hot-Cold Therapy for Spiritual Stiffness?

Dallas yards featured wide cracks in the summer of 2011. This summer, they’re more likely to display roofing company signs—hundreds dot some neighborhoods. There’s been relief from extreme drought in parts of Texas, though the extreme remains. As in too many places across the U.S. in recent months, rains come by way of dangerous storms […]

Oh Jubilee

United Kingdom, British Commonwealth commemorate Queen’s long reign  A thousand vessels paraded up the River Thames under dark and rainy skies on the first Sunday of June. The spectacular flotilla included the Queen of England on a royally decorated barge, surrounded by family members and a thousand flowers from her own garden. Throngs of celebrants […]

‘Bring your Bling’ kicks off fundraiser for free mammograms

‘Bring your Bling’ kicks off fundraiser for free mammograms

(Dallas) June 3, 2012 – Blessings and Bling author, pastor and breast cancer survivor, Dr. Sheron C. Patterson, is partnering with the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Foundation and the McCormick / Shipp Lectures to invite all DFW breast cancer survivors, their families and friends, to an afternoon of inspiration and hope called Bring Your Bling. This complimentary lecture […]

‘Is there room for God in the election booth?’

The public is welcome as the First United Methodist Church of Rockwall Wesley Arts Lecture Series presents Dr. J. Matthew Wilson, editor of From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Dr. Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science at SMU, will address the impact of […]

Puppy promises and prayers

It poured rain on the spring Saturday that I drove across town on a mission of motherhood. But I was less than half-hearted to fulfill it. My more enthusiastic, 13-year-old son sat in the middle seat of our minivan as we plowed down a waterlogged road, looking for street signs. The small plastic bin next […]

Hawaiian Falls to host prayer walk, wavepool signing

Hawaiian Falls to host prayer walk, wavepool signing

Hawaiian Falls will host a Prayer Walk and Wavepool Signing at each of its four North Texas waterparks. The scheduled times for these events are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Garland and Roanoke parks; and from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in The Colony and Mansfield parks. People of […]

God’s not-so-random acts of encouragement

God’s not-so-random acts of encouragement

My friend has experienced God’s very present help in trouble. But Ann has a problem. After seeing so many signs and wonders, she worries that people might not believe her testimony. Last year proved the most difficult one of Ann’s life. A corporate calamity loomed overhead for months on end. Meanwhile, both her parents’ health […]