Even If

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Mark 12:28b NLT ___ On long road trips, my parents used to let us listen to a Bible-based fictional series called Adventures in Odyssey. Every episode centers around the same core characters in a small town called Odyssey, wrestling with normal life and typical challenges that […]

But Jesus

“I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24b NLT ___ Back in my apartment days, I had a neighbor who dropped by nearly every day. The visits were so frequent and so aimless that I started thinking maybe he had some kind of crush on me. (I later found out there was no […]

Soul Company

“Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.” Mark 5:5 NIV ___ I used to believe that I could make people happy. I also used to believe that it was my fault if they weren’t happy. I used to believe that people made me […]

Feeling Frantic

“Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?” Mark 5:38b NLT ___ One of the most exciting stories I have in my personal repertoire is the birth of my youngest son, Samuel (Sammo). I save it for really boring social events or for really, really pregnant first-time Mothers. This was my second […]

First Day

“That night Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among the crowds that followed Jesus.)” Mark 2:15 NLT ___ It’s been awhile since my first day on a job. I don’t know if I’m […]


“Immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness. He was there for forty days, being tempted by Satan.” Mark 1:12 NLT ___ A couple years back, my husband told me about a book he was reading for his masters. It was called “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink. […]

Last Words

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20b NLT ___ For two summers as a young adult, I worked at a summer camp. The first summer I worked as a counselor, playing “big sister/momma/activities director” to a different group of girls every week for […]

Take A Look

When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. Matthew 27:31 NLT ___ I’m a fan of reading. In my humble opinion, the reason reading is awesome is because the reader gets to be the […]

My Hero The Villain

“Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.’ And he went away crying bitterly.” Matthew 26:75 NLT ___ Some people are fans of a good “under dogs” story. If that’s you, you root for the little guy! Hearing about people that overcome insurmountable obstacles with little […]

What Do You Have To Say For Yourself

“Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” Matthew 26:62b NLT ___ Because I’ve decided that social media can have a positive influence in my life, I’ve been careful to only keep my feed fueled by people that will speak truth and love (and a laugh or two) into […]