• 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…

  • Energizing the Ordinary

    LEARN TO ENERGIZE THE ORDINARY by being creatively noncompliant with ego. We let go of our ego to see the worth and importance of other people and what they have to offer. That means we resist going along with the crowd or what is popular. The ulterior? Yes it creeps in sometimes. Ulterior is “existing beyond what is obvious or admitted; intentionally hidden.” Ulterior motives can often: 1. Translate messages. 2. Take things out of context. 3. Miss the point. 4. Deflate energy. Self-importance translates selfish. This is where no one else leaves feeling significant. But when we know our value, we can circulate value: God-importance translates significance. This is where someone else is…

  • “Full Of It”

    We tend to tell people they are “full of it” when we perceive a know it all. I think we’ve all been full of it a time or two. From Google: Someone who essentially sounds like or plays the expert, without the expertise. A person who reasons with clever but false arguments. Exaggeration tends to come from us when we are looking for importance, wanting to prove a point, desperate to mask a problem, attempting to move passed pain, needing attention and connection, or just having fun with friends. Reactions from others drive us to overly expel blasts of information. Our rebel side wants to run with words, expand truth,…

  • Omniscient One

    Psalm 147:5 says “Great is our Lord, mighty and abundant in power; His understanding is infinite.” His understanding has no limit! It’s beyond measure. He’s the Knower of All. Scripture explains that He knows things of the past, present, and future. God knows what is happening today in our world and around the globe. He knows what people think and what they’re planning to do. He is not ignorant of how we live our lives. He’s full of answers. HE HAS SPOKEN IT + HE HAS WRITTEN IT + HE HAS DONE IT= HE IS OUR ANSWER. (Google Notes: “There is great security for the believer in the omniscience of…

  • King of Wisdom…

    “To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.” Romans 16:27 God “established the world by His wisdom” Jer. 10:12, “made the heavens with skill, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” Psalm 136:5. Since He did all that, He can set up what we need when we need it. He is the Spirit of counsel and strength. Out of depths of hurt, He can bring forth answers. When done wrong by people who were suppose to do right, we could forget that the plan is for us to be “free” from that bondage- Not to be trapped in it forever and ever…never to be our true and…