Encouragement, God's Love

When You’re Somewhere Between Your Hope and Your Healing

I got the word  that it's back...thyroid cancer.  Found the little knot on my neck while I was on vacation this summer and the waves were set in motion.  Only this time it's been different. Five years ago I found another lump on my neck to match the one they had been watching  for several… Continue reading When You’re Somewhere Between Your Hope and Your Healing

Encouragement, God's Love, Prayer

Stomping it out with Jesus

At first I was burdened--heavy hearted-- but after several blows, I was rippin' mad.  Mama bear mad.  The devil had dished out his fury and this mama went stompin' it out with Jesus in the garden and in the name of Jesus declaring, "Enough!   Get your filthy hands off my boy!  He belongs to Jesus!"  … Continue reading Stomping it out with Jesus

Encouragement, God's Love

Every Heart Has a Message…

I wonder how long it took for this heart to be hollowed out in this log?  How long does love take to deepen like this?  What did it take to carve through the hardened timber?  Was it a storm that caused it to fall?  Did life eat away at the core?  Who could carve in such… Continue reading Every Heart Has a Message…

Encouragement, God's Love, Holy Spirit, Listening to God, social justice

A “Sermon on the Couch” from a Homeless Friend {More Stories From Our Front Porch}

It was a cold, April morning and I had barely opened my eyes when I heard an obnoxious knock on the door around 6:45 a.m.  It was a homeless friend of our's.   I had set my alarm for an early rise to prepare for a Bible lesson to be shared later that day.  I didn't… Continue reading A “Sermon on the Couch” from a Homeless Friend {More Stories From Our Front Porch}

Christmas, Encouragement, God's Love

The Heart in Christmas {Advent~Week 4}

It all started earlier this year.  On a cold day in January, I took a walk down the street to a Bible study being held at our neighborhood library. First of all, let me give you a little background to the story ... This library happens to be located in an area that a friend… Continue reading The Heart in Christmas {Advent~Week 4}

God's Love, Thanksgiving

Giving ~ Thanks

Psalm 100 A Psalm of thanksgiving. 1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth! 2     Serve the Lord with gladness;     come before His presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord, He is God;     it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;     we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates… Continue reading Giving ~ Thanks

Encouragement, God's Love


Unwanted.  Set aside.  Abandoned.   Words no one ever wants to hear or experience.  Agonizing.  Painful. Maybe you've listened to a friend as she shared these heart-wrenching words about a spouse, "He didn't want me anymore."  Maybe you've  been a shoulder to cry on as you comforted someone whose long-time friend abandoned the relationship.  Maybe this… Continue reading Unwanted