Prayer

We all pray whether we think of it as praying or not. The odd silence we fall into when something very beautiful is happening, or something very good or very bad. The “Ahhhh” that floats up out of a 4th of July crowd when the skyrocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at…

Water: A Precious Resource in Africa

Why talk about water in my blog? Water is the theme of Lent 2019 in our church (First United Methodist Church of Hurst). Throughout the 40 days, we will study and ponder the storied waters in the Bible. All living things need water. Americans have easy access to clean and safe water and they take…

Settled Dust

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.                                                             – Romans 8: 28…

Understanding Trauma

I have a long background in working with children who have experienced trauma. Trauma is stored in our brain differently than memories. The neuroscience behind what trauma does to our brains is incredible. I am NOT a neuroscientist, and yet I’m going to attempt to give a very, very simple explanation that I’ve used with…

The Sun Came Up This Morning

The sun came up this morning, as it does every morning, but this morning I noticed. I noticed it because after the sun set on the Special Session of General Conference yesterday I wasn’t sure there would ever be light again.

Totally Texas

Earlier this week, I learned something. In Norway, “Texas” has become a slang word that means insane, crazy, or chaotic—as in, “That’s totally Texas!” Supposedly, western movies were popular in Norway in the 1950’s and many of those movies that portrayed that wild and chaotic era featured Texas as the setting, thus giving birth to…

The Sacred Ordinary

On Monday morning I was home with a sick child (he’s just fine now!).  To be honest, I was so tired that I was a little thankful to have an excuse to stay home and be with him. But first, I had a few work things that needed to be taken care of.  As I…

The Kingdom of God is Like . . .

What do you get when two chaplains, four ministers and two seminary professors go to dinner? This sounds like the beginning of a cheesy joke, doesn’t it? In reality, it was a wonderful reminder to me about how the Kingdom of God can be present in this world. Earlier this week, I shared a meal…

Everyday Encounters

In worship this past Sunday, I shared briefly how I experienced a moment of gratitude while (of all things) washing the dishes. My hands were drenched in soapy bubbles and I was overcome by a sense of gratitude for the pots, pans, kitchen utensils, and baby bottles, many of which had been given as wedding…

Purpose Weekend

After two hours of a surprisingly quiet drive (at least in my van), twenty-one students and nine leaders arrived at Pine Cove Shores in Tyler, Texas. Students spilled out of vans, excited and slightly nervous for the two day retreat we had ahead of us. We were meeting up with two other UMCs from the…

It’s a Mess!

“It’s a mess!” These were my granddaughter’s words when I carried her into the bathroom to get some baby wipes to use on her face. There was stuff all over the counter and a towel on the floor. She might have been two years old, but could have been closer to eighteen months. Every time…

God Will Make a Way When There Seems to be No Way

No matter what predicament, problem or difficulty we are facing, the Lord has a way when there seems to be no solution in sight. When all things fail and seem hopeless, God always makes a way when there seems to be no way. Ms. Marie Mbulu was born and lived in Africa. She came to…