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The Long Walk to New Life

The Long Walk to New Life

In a recent post, I wrote about how Jesus makes some awkward or weird decisions. Returning to that theme, I want to lean into Jesus' taboo decisions.

The Audacity to Ask

The Audacity to Ask

I have three kids. Three awesome, rambunctious and charismatic boys. These kids are my life, even if I don't always show it, because these boys push me to my limit. Even still, it is easy for them to get whatever they want from me.

The Weird Choices of Jesus

The Weird Choices of Jesus

Can you imagine being in Jesus' inner circle? Here's some perspective:

Imagine not being picked for the pick-up games on the schoolyard. Then failing out of seventh grade. Then being stuck in an occupation that you didn't love but was your fate, since that was your family business.

The Way Maker

The Way Maker

Jesus is interesting. There are some times when He seems to deflect answers when He is being asked questions. Then, there are other times when he tackles them head-on.

The Confusion is Part of the Awe

The Confusion is Part of the Awe

Recently, I have felt challenged and convicted by some things I've reread in the Bible. God must be trying to teach me something because I have wrestled with even the foundational concepts of my faith.

Sucking the Life out of the Party

Sucking the Life out of the Party

I recently found a picture of me around the age of 13 or 14 standing outside of my parents house with my arms crossed. I looked, well, cross.

My mind tracked back to figure out what was wrong with me that day.

Crazy how in one moment my mood was high--reminiscing on the good ole’ days and when I came across that picture, I was brought to a somber state.

The Escape Hatch

The Escape Hatch

Over the years I’ve developed a habit. It's more of a complex, to be honest. If I am in a restaurant or in a public place, I always have to sit facing the entrance/exit.

Not only that, but when I walk into an unfamiliar place, I always scan to locate the exit signs and the easiest place to escape in the event of a situation.

Can you blame me?

The Cost of Joy

The Cost of Joy

Crowds look on. The accused has been convicted of a crime he did not commit. The jury did not take long to deliberate. Actually to be honest, this wasn’t a jury at all.

Crowds look on. The accused has been convicted of a crime he did not commit. The jury did not take long to deliberate. Actually to be honest, this wasn’t a jury at all.

There's Always a Lesson

There's Always a Lesson

I heard one of the best quotes the other day...

"From the beginning destiny was foreshadowed, light was separated from darkness."

In the Grand Scheme of Things

In the Grand Scheme of Things

Recently, my in-laws' vehicle was burglarized and two of my journals were stolen. I had a journal for each of my sons and had written in them each day for the past two years. I had a pretty dramatic meltdown. All of those memories were gone. Little moments that I could only recall once I reread my entries. Vacations. Birthdays. Holidays. Milestones. Everything my life had been for the past two years (a mom) was recorded in those books, and they were gone.

Running Toward the Danger

Running Toward the Danger

The other day, my sons and I went on a walk around the neighborhood. I pushed them in a stroller as we enjoyed the brisk fall air.

Plugged In

Plugged In

Have you ever thought you were doing everything right and things still didn't turn out the way they were supposed to?

 

A Little at a Time

A Little at a Time

In our guest writer series this week, we hear from Pastor John Travis of Center Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Pastor John is a graduate of Arkansas State University, where he received a degree in graphic design. He is the Marketing Coordinator for Business Services at Ritter Communications. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Jonesboro and have three children: Michael, Matthew, and Lindsey. To read more from Pastor John, visit centerhillmbc.com.

What The Answer is Not

What The Answer is Not

Can I just be blunt? This world is falling apart and “going to hell in handbasket,” as people used to say. Okay, maybe that was a little strong. But let’s be honest, things will not get better.

When Faced with Fire

When Faced with Fire

This week, the Relevant blog features special guest writer, Heather Watson. Heather is the cheerleading coach at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. She is a graduate of WBC, where she studied studio art. Heather and her husband, Andrew, have two sons, Parker and Oliver. Heather really loves tacos and The Office.

Keep Going!

Keep Going!

I recently started running. Well, not really. I recently started jogging. I do not go long distances, and I do not go fast. I jog on a treadmill at the gym. I have been on treadmills before, and I have always had a hard time finding my balance on them. For some reason, I always feel like I am about to trip over my own feet, hit my head on the control panel (is that what it's called?), and be thrown backwards into the weight-lifting area.

What Will You Say?

What Will You Say?

I don’t know about you, but I took the opportunity recently to watch the final game for a new legend of the game of basketball on Wednesday night.

5 Characteristics of a Godly Friend

5 Characteristics of a Godly Friend

     My friend recently had a baby. Last week, I went to visit her and hold the sweet new baby girl. We had a nice visit, and as I drove home, I noticed that I was in such a good mood. My spirit was really lifted just from being around my friend. The more I thought of her, the more I realized that I have a similar experience every time we are together. Being around her and seeing the way she treats her family makes me want to be better. A better mother, a better wife, a better Christian.
 

Work the Plan

Work the Plan

My mentor, Rod Lawrence, is kind, gracious, and wise. From the time I started meeting with Rod a little over 2 years ago, he's said three words: Work the plan.