The Fireworks of Life

There are certain things in life that I continually struggle to describe in full. They are either so big, so complex or so full of emotion that words and pictures just don’t seem to describe them. So instead of trying to really describe those things, I compare them to fireworks. Before I really dive into…

Independence Day – July 4, 2018

If you are anything like I am, this day brings to mind so many great memories. I must admit though, when I think of July 4th, I usually groan at the prospect of the inevitable extreme hot temperatures associated with Independence Day in Texas. Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not like…

Rely on God in any Situation/S’appuyez sur Dieu en toute Situation

God wants us to rely on Him through our hardships. Whether we lose our job, are persecuted or experience various hard knocks in life, our God loves us and stands with us in every trying situation as he did with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. According to Daniel 3:8-30, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, captive in Babylon,…

Holy Curiosity

Almost 20 years ago, I was invited over to Bill’s house for dinner because his older sister Judy was in town. I was invited because I knew Judy pretty well, we’d been together on several special occasions and I liked her a lot. When Judy visited, it was always an occasion because she was bigger…

Seeing and Being Seen

Several weeks ago, I preached a sermon using some of the ideas from the book Stranger God by Richard Beck. Beck uses Matthew 25 to remind us that Jesus didn’t say we’d encounter him in our closest family and friends. He said we’d encounter him in strangers–when we feed the hungry, offer a drink to…

UMW Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

Putting faith, hope and love into action is a familiar phrase that defines who we are as United Methodist Women. Our local unit knows that in the DNA of UMW is the knowledge that the word “love” in the Methodist tradition is a verb requiring action, not merely a noun. On April 19, members of…

Inappropriate vs. Dangerous

Maybe you saw or heard the uproar last month about the children’s film “Show Dogs”. Maybe you missed it. For those of you who were wrapped up in all the happenings in the month of May and didn’t catch it, I’ll quickly bring you up to speed. “Show Dogs” (listed as an adventure, comedy, and…

Summer Reading Guide

Every year, I get excited about summer.  Sure, it’s great to go on vacation, swim and eat lots of fresh strawberries, but what really gets me excited is summer reading. I love that libraries have summer reading programs that are for readers of all ages.  I pour over lists titled “Best Summer Books,” “Ultimate Summer…

The Village Garden

The FUMC Hurst Village Garden is full of new vegetables that will be tended and harvested to feed our neighbors at Mission Central.  Potatoes, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots and peppers are currently growing. As gardeners, we always welcome groups who wish to partner with us. This past April, we were reminded that our future is…

Speaking Out

Do you ever find yourself mulling over or wrestling with a particular topic or question? I have been a part of a covenant group for about two months now.  Our covenant group meets on a weekly basis and it gives me the opportunity to have accountability to myself and to God.  It is helping me…

My First Rodeo

Recently, college friends of mine were vacationing near Fort Worth. We made plans to get together so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to finally go to a rodeo at the Stockyards. Throughout the night we saw barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping. We had a great time…

Faith in Action

While preparing for this summer’s upcoming mission trips, I have been reflecting a lot on my own mission trip experiences. My first mission trip was the summer after sixth grade and I still remember it quite vividly. This trip came at the end of a children’s leadership program at my church. We spent three years…