Rebel to Redeemed: What Might Have Been

Years ago, there was a popular song released by Little Texas, “What Might Have Been.” Helen Keller said, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” I refused to see the open doors for a long time, […]

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Behind the Song: I Choose

On Tuesday, I shared how this song had impacted my weight loss journey. I first heard this song several years ago in a church service.  I was working my way through a very difficult time in my life.  This song spoke to me and I realized I HAVE to sing this song. I remember sitting in my seat with tears […]

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Second Chances: Rahab

Sometimes life and circumstances takes us down roads we would not have chosen.   We do not know the reason Rahab became a prostitute, but we do know that God used her and redeemed her.  She is one of four women listed in the genealogy of Jesus.  She is even listed in the Faith Hall of Fame that can be found […]

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In the Struggle: My Choice

For years I have struggled with my weight.   I would take one step forward and five steps back.   I seemed to be making more changes inside of myself, than on the outside. When I began First Place 4 Health, I knew I had so many more changes to make and wondered if I’d ever find the success I was looking […]

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Rebel to Redeemed: Teenage Rebellion

I am so thankful that my parents trained me in the way I should go. For the most part I did what was asked of me as a child. However, around the time I graduated high school I began to rebel. I thought I knew what was best.  I was anxious to test my wings and freedom, but also afraid […]

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Behind the Song: His Kind of Love

Have you wondered where I got my tag, “Sharing HIS Kind of Love” from? The phrase comes from the song by the same title.  His Kind of Love was written by Marijohn Wilkin.   For 15 years I was Daddy’s accompanists on the piano.  This was a song we performed on a regular basis.  After his death, I took the Easter […]

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Music Review: Alone Yet Not Alone

Occasionally, a song will just grab my heart, and minister to me.  When this happens, I’ll say “this is a song I have to sing.”  That was my reaction the first time I heard the Oscar nominated {and later rescinded} “Alone, Yet Not Alone.” The music has a haunting quality, which fills your soul.  There are so many times that […]

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Second Chances: Job

There are times when life is hard and I wonder how much more I can take.  There have been times when I’ve wondered if I’m being tested the way Job was.  Sometimes I’ve wondered how he dealt with so much pain and loss without becoming bitter and resentful.  Job is very different from, Jonah, who defied God in the beginning. […]

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In the Struggle Tuesday: Weight Loss Update

Last week, I shared about my First Place 4 Health group. Having a group of women to encourage one another and share with, is a great way to stay motivated. There are times when the weight seems to fall right off and other times when it seems there are no results. The journey has been long and difficult and I […]

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Rebel to Redeemed: Train Up a Child

Yesterday morning the church I attended honored their graduates.  I was touched that in addition to the high school and college graduates, they also honored their kindergarten graduates.  I thought about my own training.  We are told to train a child from a young age.   Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go,  And […]

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Behind the Song: One Day at a Time

Many times it is difficult to see the path ahead.  All we can do is take things one day at a time. The song “One Day at a Time” was written by Marijohn Wilkin when she was fifty-three years old.  By this point she’d known considerable success as a songwriter of country music. However, she’d also suffered extreme heartache and […]

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Second Chances Series: Jonah and the Whale

Recently, I heard a sermon on Second Chances.  This really touched me, because God has given me a second chance in life, as well as to serve and love him.  I was intrigued by the stories of the men and women in the Bible, to whom God gave a second chance.  For the next few months I want to explore some […]

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Struggle Tuesday: Importance of Support Groups

  Last Monday evening I attended the celebration for our First Place 4 Health group. When I began attending the group, I knew no one there.  However, I quickly made friends. We faced many ups and downs during this session, but together we continued to take small steps together to reach the end of our journey. The journey of weight […]

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Life Application Monday: Rebel to Redeemed

What is Rebel to Redeemed? You will notice that my tag line says Rebel to Redeemed, Sharing HIS Kind of Love.  So what does Rebel to Redeemed mean? If you look these words up in the dictionary, you will see the following definitions: Rebel—“a person who resists any authority, control or tradition.”  {Dictionary.com} Redeemed—“to discharge or fulfill”; “to make amends […]

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Behind the Song: Touch of the Master’s Hand

I first heard and loved this song more than 20 years ago when released.  However, lately this song keeps returning in my life. As I transform with my weight loss and other areas of my life, I’m seeing the difference the touch of the Master’s Hand can make. So, how did the song originate? The song, sung by Wayne Watson, […]

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Book Review: The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury

The Family of Jesus is a new endeavor for popular Christian novelist, Karen Kingsbury. This is her first Bible study and historical work.  I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised.  I wasn’t sure about the fictionalized account and appreciated the letter Kingsbury included at the beginning sharing this was her interpretation.  She did a beautiful job […]

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Book Review: Hold Up the Sky

I love stories about strong women.  Even more so, I enjoy stories that show the journeys of these women from heartache and pain to joy and victory.  I often find myself relating to these stories and saying “you go girl!” Hold Up the Sky by Patricia Sprinkle is just such a book. Four women each end up at a nearby […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! Mothers and Daughters often have a very interesting relationship.  There are times when the relationship seems like a love/hate affair.  I know when I was younger I didn’t believe my mother knew anything.  Now I find that she is one of the first people I turn to when I need to discuss things.  We still have our […]

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Book Review: Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

Are you the prodigal child?  Are you the parent of a prodigal?  Have you struggled with belonging and acceptance? Bridge to Haven shares all of these themes and much more. Pastor Ezekiel Freeman heart is stolen by the wailing newborn he finds abandoned under a bridge one night.  Abra is a special child and deeply loved by many, but she […]

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