In a recent sermon Pastor Elliott highlighted three tools to use when overcoming temptation. Each tool addresses actions a Christian can implement when fighting the devil and his lures, his schemes, his deceptions. 1. Pray. When God has your back, when you let him lead you, when you “lump and dump” on his shoulders, your … Continue reading

If We’re Honest

I haven’t written in a while. I have been holding back my thoughts and feelings. I’ve crumpled them up in to a messy, ball and stuffed them deep inside my chest. Today my counselor told me to be honest, but how will you receive it? Do you really want to hear it? Many of you … Continue reading

The Hammer

The Hammer

I was so excited this weekend to finally have the time to hang up a couple things in my office that I have been putting off.  I grabbed the tall ladder, my hammer, and nails and went to work.  Finishing one picture, I laid the hammer on the paint tray attached to the ladder near … Continue reading


An early evening; long work day, extra hours, short staffed I was tired. Home now and needing fresh air I stepped outside and walked my lawn. Picking up random twigs I noted leaves to be raked, grass that needed re-seeding (probably should have done that last fall) and bushes requiring a trim. Mentally marking the … Continue reading

Down from the mountaintop

Down from the mountaintop

It isn’t every week that you get two “mountaintop” experiences in your life. On Wednesday, I took my 15-year-old son Jacob to his first concert – the Outcry tour with 14,000 other believers. We heard incredible bands like Jesus Culture, Elevation Worship and Hillsong Worship (a bucket list item for me!). In between the pulse-pounding … Continue reading



There is a new and growing form of entertainment in my area called Escape Rooms.  Basically you pay for the experience of being locked in a room, with one to five of your friends, and try to solve a series of clues and puzzles in order to get the right codes to unlock boxes and … Continue reading

Driving Lessons

I have a new car, well new to me anyway. For the past year and a half I’ve talked to God about my ’98 Honda; still reliable, but approaching 176,000 miles on the odometer. John, my auto tech assured me that I was still “breaking it in”. Doneta, it’s good for 200,000 – 250,000 miles. … Continue reading

Stations of the Cross

On Maundy Thursday I experienced the Stations of the Cross at a co-worker’s church. Each station was humbly presented with powerful sensory tools. Each allowed the individual to contemplate Holy Week in a serene, peaceful atmosphere. A reference brochure was available to guide me on my path. Please note I have included several phrases from … Continue reading