• Honoring Kentucky veterans

     One hundred years ago, “the war to end all wars” ravaged Europe. What we now call World War I ended in part thanks to the more than four million Americans who mobilized to join the Allied Powers’ fight overseas. Over 100,000 of them did not return home. The war ended on Nov. 11, 1918, and the commemoration of that day has become the holiday we now observe as Veterans Day.

  • Being Me

       In the autumn of 1978, my family moved from Indiana to Tennessee.  It was with much angst and trepidation that I walked into a third grade classroom as “the new kid.”  My chest still tightens when I recall 27 peers eyeing me curiously as I made my way from the door to the teacher’s desk.  

  • Invite God into your giving

     What are two of the biggest reasons people don’t give their money away?  The two most common answers are idolatry and fear.  

    The idolatry of money is probably the most seductive idol that we ever face.  Jesus saw this clearly, and spoke strong words against idolizing money.  He said, “No one can serve two masters…You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:13).  

  • Be careful what you share

     A while back, there was a story that circulated on social media about a woman who had escaped from an abusive relationship by dialing 911 and pretending she was ordering a pizza.  

    It made the usual Internet rounds.  It was published on websites like Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post and it even appeared in a British tabloid called The Mirror.  I remember seeing it appear across Facebook, with a lot of praise for the ingenuity of the woman who’d pulled it off.  

  • Take time to rest

     Unnecessary self-restriction and false guilt burden many of us and keep us from the peaceful times we yearn for.  Quiet time and time off to be alone is not an optional nicety; nor is it just for the retired, the lazy, or those naturally inclined.  It is for all of us.  It is valuable time well spent.  

  • Perfectly good best friend

     Ya’ know those perfect women?  The ones that are so perfect you can’t even hate them for being perfect because they are perfectly genuine and likeable?  

    I’m not one of those women.  My best friend is perfect though.  It gets kind of irritating, but I put up with her because she is a perfectly good best friend.  

  • Does God really care about all our prayers?

    Have you ever wondered if God hears the prayers of those who doubt He exists or don’t believe at all?
    Through the years I have written many times about prayer, and implied in those articles is the assumption that the reader is a believer in Christ, and wants to know more about prayer.

  • Fall, get up and laugh

    I remember the time two springs ago when I was determined to paint the sun room. Up early, to the hardware store gathering the gallons of white, the wooden mixing sticks, the drop cloths, and the one-time brushes that always harden, no matter what you soak them in.

  • Pumpkin spice everything

     Here we are, back in the throes of pumpkin spice season.  I would say “pumpkin” season, but for many people, myself included, it’s more about cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all-spice rather than the pumpkin itself.  It’s a running joke anymore, with memes and comics depicting everything from pumpkin spice motor oil to pumpkin spiced feminine hygiene products.  

  • How much time should we spend in prayer?

      When he found out his mom was pregnant Johnny announced he wanted a baby brother, and he would do whatever he could to get one. His dad told him that if he prayed these last two months of his mom’s pregnancy, he could guarantee God would give him a little brother.