The Parables of Our Lives: Praise Like the Trees

Have you ever wondered why trees grow tall? Why they stand firm in spring, summer, winter, and fall? They wave when the wind blows They twinkle when it snows. Trees cast cooling shadows in the summer heat. They sprout leaves, bear fruit, shed leaves, and repeat. In all that they do and all they provide …

The Parables of Our Lives: March Madness

This is one of my favorite seasons. Not only does the earth appear to be waking up from a long sleep, it is college basketball playoff season. As I followed the brackets along with the rest of basketball fanatics, I was also following friends on FB who were working in their yards and getting ready …

The Parables of Our Lives: The parable of the fallen trees

I have been on an adventure for the last several months challenging myself to see things from God's perspective. In John chapter 5 Jesus said that He didn't just do things because He felt like it. He looked where the Father was working and that is where He went to work. Jesus looked at individuals …

Wonderfully Imperfect

I love living in East Texas especially during the transition seasons. I love driving along the country roads and watching the landscape sprinkled with trees full of white blossoms. Tonight I felt inspired to capture some of the landscape I see each morning on my commute to work. As I was sketching, smearing/smudging, and sprinkling …

Reversing Darkness

Recently a friend showed me a reverse poem and I could hardly wait to try it out. I am in a season of hopefulness (my nice way of saying things aren't exactly going my way) and I needed a pick-me-up. This was a fun way for me to encourage myself.  This is my attempt at …

A Black History Verse to Ponder

February is the month we set aside to pay tribute to African Americans who have influenced our culture. This past Sunday at church, our musician played Lift Every Voice and Sing written by James Weldon Johnson. I grew up listening to that song as the Negro National Anthem. It was played at the end of …

Can You Hear It?

There have been many mornings I awaken with the sound of the sweetest music. It wasn't music from a radio or an alarm. It has been love songs in my spirit. Scripture teaches us that the Lord speaks to us when we are asleep (Job 33:14-16). What a wonderful way to wake up--to the sound …

Courageous Surrender

As I walk through this land Guide me with Your powerful hand Love the wounded, feed the hungry, shine the light Share the truth and give the blind sight Pray for and heal the sick Let my forgiveness be quick Through me let Your presence be known And draw others to You by the Love …