A Day to Remember, and a Day to Hope Beth Holmes

This past summer, we took a family vacation to Dallas, Texas. Dallas is rich in historical sites, such as the Sixth Floor Museum dedicated to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jr. We saw the X on the road where the bullet struck JFK, and then we saw the preserved corner of the building where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired those shots. We heard archived video footage…

No Qualifications Required Julie Davis

Show of hands: who, at some point in life, has belted out their current favorite song into a hairbrush or while in the shower? If anyone could see you at that moment, no doubt they would think you were prepping for your American Idol audition. I don’t know about you, but despite my ability to remember every lyric to every Debbie Gibson song, I am in no way qualified to…

Faith-Prayer-Discipline-Repeat Theresa Rowe

Oh, the times when God feels so close we never want the experience to end! In mountain top moments my strength is renewed, and I feel deeply connected to God. My inner warrior stands tall, speaks boldly and my confidence soars like on “wings of eagles.” In these moments I can feel the strength of the Lord rising within me. During these times I am reading the Word of God…

The Crutch of Comfort Erika Opperman

“Maxy, you can do it.  Walk to Mommy.” “But I can’t Mommy,” my youngest protested as he held his wound. “Does your foot hurt?” “No Mommy, but I need my boot.” Just a week prior we found ourselves in the ER with my littlest love, Max, after jumping on the couch landed us in the hospital, and him with 5 stitches in the bottom of his little chubby foot.  It’s…

Made for Another World Starla Canning

I love the beach. My husband and I are what you call “beach people.” Last month we spent our annual family vacation at the gulf. It was a fabulous week—swimming all day long, toes in the white sand, picturesque turquois water. It was perfect, that is it was until we had to leave. As Joe pulled our family van from the drive of our rental and we made our way…

Is Loss a Four-Letter Word? Becky Barnhart

Everyone deals with and experiences loss. No one escapes its hurts, because loss doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, gender, culture, religion, or anything else. It doesn’t care how much money we have or don’t have, what our marital status is or isn’t, or whether we’re a size 2 or 22. It’s real and it happens to all of us. It’s easy to think of loss only in terms of…

Your Words Matter

Words. They bear weight. God created the entire universe with His words. God called Jesus “the Word” and the Bible “the word of God.” Words are how the disciples shared that Jesus had come to earth and died for the sins of the world, broadcasting the gospel all over the earth. And at the close of the Bible, it says believers will overcome the enemy by “the blood of the…

Where is Your Hope? Ali Propst

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” —Romans 15:13 It was early morning September 1st—now ten years ago. The phone rang. It was my dad. In between the tears he said, “Mom’s gone.” My brain didn’t comprehend his comment—wait, she is in remission, I just…

Reflecting Christ in Our Relationships

In this era of social media, we all have a platform. Some of us use our platforms to share cute animal videos (I love the mini dachshund ones). Others of us share photos of our families. Still others use social media to promote political and personal agendas. Whether or not you use Facebook, we are responsible for how we view and treat the people we encounter. I am increasingly aware…

The Thin Line Between Life and Lie Julie Davis

I’m a big fan of podcasts. When I’m getting ready in the morning, driving in my car or cleaning my house, there’s a good chance I’m listening to a podcast. I’m such a fan I rarely listen to standard radio or music anymore. Several of my favorite podcasts feature a host interviewing a guest. They each put their own spin on asking what the guest is really into or liking…