Who are we when the storms rage?

When hurricane Katrina hit (ironically a few days away from being 12 years to the day of Harvey), there were mumbles it happened to the city of New Orleans because of their wicked ways. It was God’s judgment. I heard the implications from people I knew and was horrified these thoughts could come from people of faith. Houston has more mega churches than any city in America. What are people...

Have you become too familiar with the noise?

We travel regularly for our work. We’re in hotels several times a year and we hope our room will have an a/c we can set where the fan continues to whir. We’ve had rooms where its constant hum lulls us to sleep only to awaken in the middle of the night to harsh silence. It seems an odd contradiction but you know what I mean. It can be hard to sleep...

This is what’s saving my life this month

It sounds dire and like the most serious thing there is when you say ‘this is what’s saving my life’. Yes, perhaps it’s a little dramatic. But then again, maybe these things are  saving us more than realize. If this is your first time to my blog, know that the only one who can literally save my life is Jesus. He saves me. Every. Day. There are a few things that...

What noise do you need to fight through to find peace?

It’s 8 a.m on a weekday when I go to our patio to soak up the morning sun. The palm trees barely move in the still air but sun is already warm on this February day. I take my iPad to read, still trying to recover from all manner of yuckiness with a sinus infection. I lean back in the lounge chair to the sounds of morning traffic on the...

All she wanted was peace and quiet

Mama’s whisper was the level of most folks regular voice. There was no whispers from her in church that everyone around didn’t hear. With people in and out of our house, laughter and activity always around, and all mama wanted was peace and quiet. At the end of the day, she wanted to sit in her chair in the corner of her living room and read the newspaper. There is...

Can peace be found in this noisy world?

Calvin’s is maturity. Matt’s is perseverance. Richard said his word is “love….love for myself” and I think that might be the bravest love any of us can have. It was in our New Year’s Eve worship and we spoke about one word to be a focus for our new year. We just spoke a minute or two, a simple suggestion but after we said the Lord’s Prayer together a few...

How to Fight Against the Urge to Go Under

The past few weeks have been hard for our country. The question of ‘how many times’ continues to be asked as our flag is lowered to half mast again. I had planned to write happy summery posts about the beach and living life lighter in the months when the sun wants to play longer. But my heart can’t ignore the mourning of more tragedies, more violence, more questions and few...

Five-Minute Friday {exhale}

It was during those youth ministry days. At a camp in a neighboring state when someone told me Wes had hurt his foot. He was our pastor’s son, our friends, our kids growing up together and being extended parts of our family. “Breathe, Wesley, breath”. He was being wheeled into the emergency room in the tiny town of Jasper, Georgia, he was in excruciating pain and all I could think...

Give me an answer

You could hear the desperate plea in his voice. A family member begging for an answer to this plane that has vanished. Gone like a vapor. Not today. Not in this world. That doesn’t happen. Someone always has an answer. There’s that black box that’s suppose to play this beep so it can be found but it’s not. The radar – useless. Nothing. No answer. You can find opinions and speculation...