• My Short Story

    GOD TRANSFORMS TROUBLE. Especially when we say: “I’ve done wrong and I am not innocent. But. No longer am I going to fall under the spells and spasms of fear!” Here is the short version of my story… Most of the time, a testimony starts with a hardship whether it was/is or wasn’t/isn’t our fault. I went through a hardship. I did wrong. I was troubled for a few years. I got into some relationships that weren’t the best. My life took a turn for the worst but then Jesus still caught up with me. (Even though I had veered off the path of the straight and narrow, He made…

  • He does love us

    From Genesis all the way to the end of Revelation, God proves He loves us. In the Genesis garden through the pit of Joseph, the lows of Job, the hills of Jeremiah, the cross of Jesus, and the turnarounds of Romans… This is how He loves us: He created us- He loved us. He said good things about us and loved us. He proclaimed a future for us because He loves us. He sent the Savior- He loves us! He promised turnarounds- He loves us! He gave us the victory. We are so loved. We love God back by believing Him enough to live for Him. God has given us…

  • Placing the Pieces

    HAVE YOU EVER FELT THAT YOUR “LIFE PIECES” WERE SCATTERED? THAT THE PUZZLE JUST ISN’T COMING TOGETHER? Some of you have felt that your lives are falling a part. But God wants you to know it’s kind of like a puzzle. You see the box. You see the vision and the picture and your like… “That’s what I want. That is what I want right there. That’s my desire.” And then you open up the box… pouring the pieces out, and they’re just kind of everywhere on the table. He’s wanting you to know, they’re coming together. “AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT…

  • Rest Up.

    What’s making you tired and what is creating exhaustion for you? Chances are, the same things that try to empower influences for me to quit, are knocking on your door too. Yes, even good things can tire us. But we’ve got to know when to call it a night and get to bed early. We need to know when to say no and prop our feet up a few minutes because we have to be ready when the return comes in. God has already given you His yes on His best for you. But His yes is not in doing so many good things that we seriously wear ourselves out.…

  • LEAD BY LIGHT -Part 2

    After five funerals and another death within two weeks due to Covid, I was up throughout the night thinking about the families we grieved with. (Most of them had been a big part of our ministry through the years and great friends to Derek. Four of those amazing men are forever in our minds. Different ages and living in different places, we would have never expected them to pass within the same time frame. Curtis, Julian, Christian, and Keith! They were Light leaders. Unafraid of darkness. This was what they all had in common: Each of them were evangelistic in the most unique and effective ways. I can only believe…

  • LEADERS OF LIGHT – Part 1

    Me and Derek were sitting at a coffee house in Huntsville before going to our leadership conference classes. We noticed a poster on the wall with all the tags missing that said: Depression Study. He asked me what “De” pression means and I said that it means to be pressed down and not running over. I thought about how long it had been since I felt that dreaded, deep, and intolerable spirit. It made us think about the answers we have. It made us think of people specifically but also in general. It made us think about the heaviness in the world and recent deaths of some very special friends.  In…

  • The Bottomline

    Years ago when we were student ministry pastors, my husband named the youth group “Bottomline” Ministries. We wanted youth to know and to think about the things that are truly important. We wanted to be sure they were taught that they matter to Jesus. We wanted to make it a habit for them to define Christ as the most valued relationship point in their life, to understand why He gives us meaning, and to believe He can bring them to a final fulfilled result one day- A hopeful outcome of living and being. What Jesus said and did is still greatly impactful to the degree that we must focus our…

  • The Most Beautiful Disaster

    How God makes miracles out of our mistakes – Hope Carpenter. “I was a preacher’s wife, after all. I wasn’t allowed to have problems.” Pressures grow. Small mistakes can become big mistakes. Certain habits need to break. Some tones need to go. Unhealthy relationships need to stop. Little rebellions can’t be entertained. Values need to be valued. Have you ever thought and felt this way? This isn’t how I expected things to turn out. I don’t know if I can do this anymore. This book is about honesty- especially within the church. Hope writes: “Thankfully, by the time my fiftieth birthday party rolled around– the first time I had actually…

  • THE SUM OF OUR WORDS

    I don’t want to exaggerate my difficulties or my good qualities. I don’t want to care so much that I overextend me without ever mentioning or pointing to You– the expert- The Christ! Looking for the “balance” is how we can resolve this issue. There’s so much that life offers. Proper balance is Him first. When cement foundations are poured and dried, everything built on them can be steady, secure, and in balance. He is that Rock for us. We build our thoughts, words, beliefs, and plans from His stability and strength beneath us. Bedrock withstands the weight of all life’s layers. He tips the scale of our hearts to be all out for Him…

  • Yesterday’s Haphazards

    What do we do with our messed up page of yesterday’s haphazards? BALL IT UP AND CRUMBLE THAT ONE. THROW IT AWAY. TOSS IT TO THE TRASH CAN. RE-WRITE IT AS A TURNAROUND STORY. People want to know how to create change. The answer isn’t in self-inflation or self-disgust but in self-respect through Godly reverence. Dying to self and then living for Him or living for Him and continuing to die to self. We empty our own self to let another be full of Him. We say the hard things without hesitation or fear of rejection because we know it will bring response that indicates whether the person will move outside of themselves to…