Rebel to Redeemed: Finally Redeemed

By summer 2008 life had become very difficult.  Nothing I did was right for Duncan and Mary.  I’d been through numerous jobs and I had no friends. I was living on an emotional roller coaster and I wasn’t sure how much more I could endure. In August, we went to Scotland for several weeks to supposedly visit with Duncan’s “family”.  […]

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Behind the Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth

Folliott Sandford Pierpoint was born in Bath, England in 1835.  After being educated at Queens College in Cambridge, he taught at Somersetshire College.  He contributed hymns to various publications and published at least two song books. He wrote numerous poems, but For the Beauty of the Earth is the only one he is remembered for today.  The hymn was originally […]

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Book Review: Once Beyond a Time

Ann Tatlock proves once again that she is a master story teller with her latest book, Once Beyond a Time. The story takes place in 1968 Black Mountain, North Carolina.  Sheldon and Meg Crane move to the area with two of their three children.  Sheldon recently left the ministry after having an affair and takes a job at his brother-in-law’s […]

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Second Chances: Peter

Peter was a disciple of Jesus, but even then he was often blinded from the truth Jesus taught. Simon was a fisherman when Jesus called him and his brothers to be “fishers of men.”  Jesus changed his name to Peter, to mean the rock. We know Simon Peter was married, because Jesus healed his mother-in-law.  Peter recognized him as the […]

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Rebel to Redeemed: Nowhere to Turn

The abuse only escalated and with it my self-esteem and self-confidence were slowly eroded. In time I lost everything I had.  I was all alone and had no one to turn, other than to Duncan* and his sister, Mary*. I had one or two co-workers that tried to warn me in the beginning, but at that time I didn’t want […]

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Behind the Hymn: I Must Tell Jesus

I was recently discussing this beloved hymn with a family member.  However, I can so relate to the story.  There have been times when I had no one to tell my sorrows except Jesus. I must tell Jesus was written by Elisha Hoffman.  He was born in 1839 Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. His love of God and music were both learned from […]

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Book Review: The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife

Being a preacher’s wife is never easy, and Nan Trammell Jones lays out some of the hardships and obstacles in The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife. Jones is open and honest about the struggles she and her husband have endured in the ministry.  She lays her heart on the lines and reveals raw wounds and struggles along the line. Even […]

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Second Chances: Prodigal Son

I’ve been sharing my own story as a prodigal, so it seems only fitting to look at the second chance the prodigal son received. The story of the prodigal son is taken from one of the parables of Jesus found in the book of Luke. A father gives his two sons their inheritance before he dies.  The younger son leaves […]

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Rebel to Redeemed:Losing it all

Immediately after moving to be with Duncan*, I discovered he was nothing like I thought or believed.  He was nothing like he portrayed himself to be. On top of having to deal with him, I had to deal with his sister—who was often around more than he was. I should have immediately left and returned home, but Mama was in […]

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Behind the Song: Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting

I had never heard this hymn until recently when I attended the funeral of a dear man of God.  He had served as pastor for several churches before being called to the mission field, where he ministered for more than three decades. The point I found interesting in researching this story was how this song has ministered to other missionaries. […]

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Book Review: The Incredible Story of You

The Incredible Story of You is a reminder that we all have a story and a purpose in life.  However, we cannot allow our past or even our present to define us. Bradley Keen reminds the reader that life is short and we only have this one life to make a difference.  He provides thought provoking questions and assignments at […]

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Second Chances: Woman Caught in Adultery

Jesus has arrived at the temple and is teaching those that have gathered around, when the scribes and Pharisees approach with a woman caught in adultery.  Her name was not recorded for prosperity, but her sin was. The Pharisees says, “this woman was caught in adultery.  The Law of Moses say we should stone her. What do you say?” The […]

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In the Struggle:10 Benefits of Lemon Water

Restaurants usually ask if you would like lemon with that when ordering water to drink. So why lemons? Lemons have numerous nutrients and benefits on the body and our health. So what are some of the benefits of lemon? Lemon water can detox and cleanse—the citric acid found in lemon enhances the body’s ability to naturally flus out these unwanted […]

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Rebel to Redeemed: Down the Broken Path

After battling with God and begging Him to please allow me to be with Duncan*, I embarked on a long, downhill journey.  My relationship with Duncan continued to grow.  There were more red flags, but I ignored the.   There were a lot of things he said that did not add up, but I did not listen to the inner voice […]

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Book Review: Aurora Teagarden

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel will air the second Aurora Teagarden mystery tomorrow night. Actually this is the second film, but based on the first book in the series—Real Murders. Aurora “Roe” Teagarden is a local librarian, who meets with the members of the Real Murders Club to analyze and discuss famous murder cases.   That is, until this hobby becomes […]

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Second Chances: Zacchaeus

    When you hear the name Zacchaeus what is the first thing you think of? It is probably the children’s song we learn, “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he.  He climbed up in the sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see.  And as the Savior passed his way, he said […]

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In the Struggle: You Are What You Eat

Recently, a friend of mine posted a picture of this sign. The sign says, “what you eat in private, you wear in public.” This really gave me pause to stop and think. How many times over the years had I gone on a binge of one kind or another?  Sometimes there was a craving, was I lonely or depressed.  Other […]

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