Powerful Fathers Turned into Loving Daddies

Man and child silhouette at lakeside in eveningTwice this week on TV I have watched two of the most famous and influentially powerful men on the planet discuss their children. I witnessed an entirely different side of these two. One of them has been performing before packed crowds in sold-out venues for decades, and the other was once the ruler of the free world. Read more

Letting Go While Holding on Tight

Scar and LThey place that newborn in your arms, and an unconditional love for your child overwhelms your entire being. How could you love someone to the depths and intensity that you would lay down your entire life for this little one even though you just met?  Read more

Get Me to the Hay

baby jesusParking space hunting, gift list rechecking, present wrapping, cookie baking, and school program attending have filled the days of this month. Christmas lights have been strung, stockings have been hung, and the cookies have been iced. Company events have commenced with white elephant gifts purchased, wrapped, and exchanged. Read more

The Answer is Yes!

tigerI still remember feeling jealous of the fuzzy tiger that my brother proudly displayed on his dresser. Once a year on our family trip to New Smyrna Beach, we went to an arcade where we earned the pale red paper tickets that possessed the power to purchase treasures hanging from a pegboard in the back. A huge glass case seemed to tower over our child-sized statures. With noses pressed to the glass, our breath fogged the pane as we fondled the tickets in our sweaty palms. Read more

Dad…The King of the Thermostat

Guest Blogger: Gabrielle Pepin

“Scarlet, are you really that cold?” I would hear my Minnesota-born-and-raised father dressed in a shirt and shorts ask his Floridian bride. Growing up, there would be several occasions where I would find my mother curled up on the couch by the fire, wearing two layers of fuzzy socks, thick sweat pants that would drag as she walked, a sweatshirt, and to top it all off, she would be decked out in a full winter coat.  Read more

I’d Like For You To Meet My Little Orange Tree

TreeThis past summer my hubby planted a new tree in our backyard. As the days passed by, it dutifully minded its own business and blended in with the other greens so well that I didn’t even notice it much. But this month it made its debut. Seemingly overnight I had a gorgeous, bright orange beauty screaming at my peripheral vision: “Look at me! Look at me!” Read more

He-He-He, not Me-Me-Me

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 7.54.12 PMOffer me a personality test online, and I am the first to jump on it. Delving into why I do what I do is fascinating. Selfies? Sign me up. Me-me-me-me-me isn’t just a vocal exercise for the opera singer. No, it can easily become my theme song. Read more

Are These Thoughts Really My Own?

Screen Shot 2017-10-09 at 9.31.14 PMIn the short time it took me to turn off my alarm clock and stumble to my coffee pot, I had questioned what was I really accomplishing in my life, whether today would be useless or not, and if my dreams would ever come true. Read more

Shout Out To Ananias!

Man Eye Covered Blind Forbidden Lost ConceptShout out to Ananias. Ana who? Ananias’s story can be found in the first half of chapter nine in the book of Acts. The chapter starts out telling us about Saul’s (later to be renamed Paul) hatred of Christians. Saul was a highly educated Pharisee. He had been schooled in every detail of the Jewish law and felt that the Jesus’s believers needed to be violently stopped from spreading their news of a risen Savior. Read more

But God, I Don’t Have What It Takes

surprised womanIs God asking you to do something or calling you to step into a position that you and those around you know that you can’t do? At first we are surprised and taken off guard. “He’s picking me?” we question. Like a kid at recess being chosen for the kickball team, upon hearing your name you glance to the left and to the right. You know the odds are against you even making contact with the ball much less running to first. Read more