Closer to God

How many times in my life have I been envious of those who get up an hour early each morning for devotional/scripture reading and prayer time? I imagine them in a comfy chair in a clean room with a cup of coffee or tea and a candle lit. These people always seem to have an…

Becoming a Fan of Our Neighbors

On June 7, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup began. Since my son, Thomas, is a soccer player and has enjoyed watching some professional soccer this past year, I asked him if he wanted to watch with me. He said he wasn’t interested. I was surprised and asked him, “Why? Because they are women?” He…

Being Uncomfortable

In a conversation last week I was told, “growth only happens when people are uncomfortable”.  And let me tell you, it has been rattling around in my brain ever since! It seems there are a multitude of applications for this idea. Comfort is no place for change and growth. It’s not just that growth causes…

How to Neighbor

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a neighbor. The mission trip theme is “Love Thy Neighbor” so all my morning devotionals and evening lessons have something to do with neighboring. The VBS theme is ‘Who is My Neighbor” and Philip is currently preaching on all the stories from…

Summertime in Texas

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.    –Plato The inevitable arrival of summer is waiting only steps away. I know that I need to get ready for summertime, but I find that I am dragging my heels. Actually, I am kicking and screaming, holding…

A Testimony of God’s Goodness

Home for me was the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. When I was twelve, something happened that changed the life of my family and me. My little brother (who was ten) and I were playing with a box of matches when we accidentally lit a fire on some stubble my father kept in the…

The Face of Christ?

“Community is like a large mosaic. . . . We can do little with individual stones except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic, portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If…

Love Your Neighbor

“I’d like to ask you a few questions for a market research study.”…“How much longer will this take?” …“Oh it’s just a few more questions.”…Nobody would ever agree to do a 90 minute telephone survey….ever.

Tiny Chefs Who Cooked with Love

Connecting with people, connecting with purpose, and connecting with God are the three goals I keep in mind when preparing a children’s Sunday school lesson. Some lessons focus on one of those three things and some focus on all three at the same time. Our recent Sunday school unit, Women of Faith, focused on women…

Preparing for the Mystery

I am a part of a United Methodist Clergy Moms Facebook group. Earlier this week one mom posted about what a “bad mom” she was that she was so late in getting things for her child’s Easter basket, and my immediate reaction was, “Oh no! I haven’t even begun to THINK about that!”  Then I…

Spoiler Alert

When a new movie is released, or a highly anticipated episode of a TV show airs, the internet and news media are full of posts and articles that contain the phrase “Spoiler Alert.” If you see that phrase, you know that you might find out something that might ruin any surprises for you.  It’s like…

Time in the Garden

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year as daylight lingers longer in the evenings, and wildflowers pop out on hillsides. The change in weather even motivated me to get out in the yard recently to do some work. I spent a couple of afternoons pulling weeds in a flowerbed and trimming back…