Monday, March 31, 2014

Shutting Down for Now

Life changes often require a shift in priorities and simplification of daily routines and activities.  With the challenge of a move in the next sixty days coupled with the demands of an already too-busy schedule, I have prayerfully decided to shut down my consulting business and remove the word "Ministries" from my website and Facebook page for now.  That's not to say that I won't post an occasional devotional or family update. Hopefully ministry will continue to be a by-product of my writing, but not because I work to "make" that happen.  Anything good and useful will be a result of God's inspiration and work in my life and what HE does through me to bless others.

For now I must divert my focus to my family and the task of relocating our family to Virginia.  I will do my best to keep in touch with friends and family in the process, even though I may be noticeably absent from social media.  There just aren't enough hours in the day. Even if you don't see me, rest assured that I think of and pray often for those I love, even though I may not have opportunity to express that love as personally or as often as I like.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our family as we seek God's will in this season of transition, look for a church home, and contemplate ministry opportunities in the place we will soon call home.



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Friday, March 28, 2014

My Happy Place

Call me old-fashioned but I enjoy being a homemaker -- on the days when I'm not working my day job, that is.  Don't get me wrong.  I love my part-time job and the paycheck that comes every two weeks but I'd trade it all in for the full-time gig of being a homemaker.

Nothing is more satisfying to me than actually preparing a nourishing meal for my family, smelling the aroma of freshly washed bed linens, or walking into a house that has been dusted and mopped with a little lemon Pledge and Murphy's Oil Soap.  To have the energy and luxury of cooking dinner in the middle of the afternoon rather than the end of a tiring work day is an indescribable blessing!

Being the published author of three books doesn't fill me with a sense of purpose like being home for my teenage daughter at the end of her school day or available to discuss the meaning of life with my twenty-year-old son.  It doesn't even come close.  I would trade a dozen best-sellers, or at least my three unknown devotional titles, to see the fruit of all those lengthy conversations about God, His purpose for our lives, and the joy of a walk with Him.  Maybe one of these days.

Oops!  Gotta run now.  The oven just preheated and it's time to put in a batch of cookies and pour myself another cup of coffee!


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Monday, March 24, 2014

More Than We Can Handle

I have spent a great deal of time with my calendar this morning scheduling medical appointments that must take place prior to our move in late May and marking "last days"and important events like Joy's eighth grade graduation.  The reality that we are moving in less than ten weeks and closing this chapter of our lives is beginning to sink in.  Sometimes God does give us more than we can handle.

As I look back over the past five or six years I am reminded of the trials I have endured, the heartbreaks that have devastated me emotionally, and the loss of friends and family members who have departed this earth, many of them before their time.  The challenge of parenting teenagers in a society that continues to deteriorate morally, the financial reversal resulting from the loss of two full-time jobs in an eighteen-month period, and my own struggles with depression and stress have at times been more than I can handle.

But don't we all have lives that are at times more than we can handle, or at least know of those who do?  Having recently talked with a couple of friends who are facing some of the battles I have encountered in recent years, I was reminded once more that even though God does sometimes give us more than we can handle, He NEVER gives us more than HE can handle!

I don't know what your burden is today, but know this:  God's shoulders are strong enough to bear your burden.  His thoughts and ways are higher than yours, and far more capable of understanding and knowing your circumstances and the outcome that is best for you.  His love for you is deeper than you can possibly imagine, so deep in fact that He willingly gave up His life so you could find salvation and peace in Him.  

The  next time you feel God has placed more on you than you can handle, consider that perhaps He trusts you enough to carry that burden in such a way that He is glorified as you draw near to Him in faith and walk the journey He has set before you.  Yes, it is more than you can handle, but nothing is impossible with God!


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Land of the Life Worth Living


Gloucester County, VA bills itself as "the land of the life worth living."  After spending a few days exploring Gloucester and some of the surrounding communities, I can understand why they can make that claim.  It is a beautiful place.  For someone like me, who loves water and woodlands, it is a little slice of heaven on earth, a place I feel I could call home.

Trying to accomplish in five short days what most people take weeks to tackle -- house hunting -- has been stressful at times.  Steve's apartment is in a wooded area off the beaten track so we spent the first two or three days trying to work with less than ideal Internet access.  That was a killer in terms of progress, but I figure if God can create the world in six days He can certainly find me a home in two or three!

The Red House in the woods
After a lot of driving and surveying Gloucester County and comparing it with surrounding areas we decided that this is indeed where we would like to settle, at least for now.  Housing here is a little more expensive so we have no expectation that we will end up with as much square footage for the money as we have in Tennessee.  However, this little beauty, with its newly-remodeled exterior and covered deck off the back, has enough charm that I'd be willing to give up an extra room for the serenity and solitude of its wooded setting and the close proximity of the York River, which is less than two minutes down the road we'd be living on if the Lord decides to bless us with this home.  Talk about a writer's dream house!

Park at York River near the Red House
The York River winds through the area and has a lovely beach at Gloucester Point, just a short drive from the red house above.  Joy and I have decided it is one of our favorite spots, a place we will be sure to frequent over the summer.
Gloucester Point Beach
Birds of Gloucester Point
There is so much history here.  It will take us months to discover all the places to visit just in our back yard. Main Street in Gloucester looks like a miniature Williamsburg!  Not far from us is Williamsburg itself, as well as Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown.  As we explore quaint shops,attend  festivals, and enjoy birding by canoe on Beaver Dam Lake, Joy and I will have a summer-long vacation!

There's so much more I'd like to show and tell you, but I'll save that for another day.  For now, Joy and I are loading up the dog and heading back to Gloucester Point one last time before making the long drive back to Collierville this weekend to begin the chore of cleaning out and packing up our belongings.

Please continue to pray that God will put us in the home of His choosing.  I'd love for it to be the red house in the woods, but if He has another place that's okay too.  The natural wonders and historical treasures that make this area so appealing aren't going anywhere!

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