Archive for the Devotional Category

Spending Time Alone With God

Devotional times or “quiet times” are vital to our spiritual growth. Seek to spend time alone with the Lord each day in His Word and in prayer. There is no one way to do it, and the method may change from day to day and in different seasons of life. The important thing is that you spend time with Him consistently. The purpose of a quiet time is not to do Bible study, although spending

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In Remembrance

Have you ever taken time to read epitaphs on tombstones? Some are very touching, while others can be downright funny. Here are some actual writings found on tombstones.  “Here lies the body of Margaret Bent. She kicked up her heels and away she went.”  “The children of Israel wanted bread and the Lord sent them manna; Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife, and the devil sent him Anna.”  “They abounded in riches but she wore

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When God Says No

Have you been praying for something that is a desire of your heart? You may be single and asking God for a husband. Or perhaps you are asking God for your first child and it’s taking longer than you had hoped. It may be a specific job, or a “dream” of accomplishing something, or a new direction, or healing from a condition or disease. How do you handle it when God doesn’t give you that

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A Milestone Birthday

Last Monday I celebrated a “milestone” birthday. You know – the milestone birthdays are the ones with a zero at the end. I have to admit that it is sobering to realize I have lived over half my life on this earth. I want to finish well.     My day started off with a surprise. My assistant greeted me at the church Monday morning with a wheelchair and “rolled” me down to the All-Staff

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Home Sweet Home

I shared with you a few weeks ago that I was taking my 96-year-old mom home to Plain Dealing, Louisiana (and Bossier City) for one “last” visit. It was definitely the right thing to do, and Mom handled the seven-hour road trip well for her age.  I’m so thankful the Lord allowed us to go home.   Mom was thrilled to see her two sisters and other family and friends and loved going back to

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Going to Seminary on Drug Money

I have asked Sandra Glahn, my mentor and co-author of Sumatra With the Seven Churches, to write a guest post, giving an example of pressing on in her life. I think you will enjoy it greatly! The ultimate neighborhood babysitter, I believed I was destined for motherhood. I loved living in a large family; I never felt lonely; I always had a cheering section for viola concerts; and we had killer seven-part harmony on road

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Going Home!

Going Home!

Last fall my 96-year old mom told me one day as we were looking at pictures of our house and our town, “I want to go home . . . one more time.” She was referring to our hometown, Plain Dealing, Louisiana. I moved mom here to Memphis a little over two years ago when it became obvious that she needed to live close to one of her children, and the daughter is the obvious

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A “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” Day

A "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda" Day

Have you ever had a “woulda, coulda, shoulda”day? This is a day in which you second guess yourself and the way you did things because the results were not what you had hoped for. If I would have done this… I should have done that… I could have done that, and wish I had… Things would be different if I would have… I had one of those days this past Friday as I had the

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Treasuring God’s Word at 94

Treasuring God's Word at 94

Yesterday morning I visited a dear lady from my church who was admitted to the hospital recently. She is 94 years old and just in the past year had to move into an assisted living. Her memory sometimes fails her, but she always greets you with a smile and “I love you so much!” When I got word that Madeline was in the hospital, I immediately went to see her. We chatted for a few

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BUSTED!

BUSTED!

The other day as I pulled into my driveway at the end of a long day at work, I stopped to pull the mail out of the mailbox. As usual, I flipped through the envelopes to see if there was anything “exciting!” A return address caught my eye: City of Memphis Photo Enforcement Program. Immediately, I had a sinking feeling in my heart. I knew what it was before I even opened it. You see,

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