Joy Peeking from the Mini Blind in the Hospital

Of Hospital Rooms I marched to the hospital room, the small blind on the room’s door revealing eyes that were watching me. As I reached for the handle, it swung open, and the giggle behind the door gave me a clue to how joy rises up in unexpected places. Inside, I greeted the family of […]

100 Christmas Cards for Alcoholic!

Empty Christmas Bag I met Mike last week as he panhandled for fifty cents. (That blog post is on my website. It ends with me giving him a Christmas card.) Well, today, I carried 100 Christmas cards to the Recovery Center, so my girls could write verses and notes to Mike. So during worship, the […]

Annie Grace Kree Chronicles

Six Novels / Murder Mysteries to Bring Life to the Reader's Heart

A hobo girl, Annie Grace Kree (Nickname: Shoelace) falls into the path of the Phantom Killer in Texarkana, in 1946. In the first five novels of the series, Shoelace, will become a messenger of hope, but not before she sees, forgets, and remembers the face of the killer from her childhood. She comes face-to-face with […]

When Nothing Is Moving God Is!

When the noise is over. When you’re alone with you. When nothing is moving. When the world settles into the shadows of the night. When you ponder. When you go yonder in your thoughts. When you listen for the still small voice of God. Then take your Bible and read—and remember that God is Light, […]

A Bridge to Hearts

Church under the Bridge Texarkana

On Saturday mornings in Texarkana, TX, Pastor Cody Howard positions himself on a flatbed trailer facing his congregation. It’s a place for the homeless to gather for church services each week, beneath a bridge at 3rd and 4th Streets. Yes, church is held even in the rain. Or in the sweltering heat of summer. Or […]

After Thanksgiving Blessings! In Your Face Truth!

Blessings Like Air With recent Thanksgiving “family” visits at the recovery center, my girls shared their “blessing” testimonies. And their stories became an hour-long breath of fresh air, along with laughter and even tears. I heard praises like “the Lord knows my heart” and “I press on to obey Him with my life”. Another girl […]

Honest Beggar Admits He’s an Alcoholic!

I found him … the man who begged for fifty cents! Man Begging See, earlier I had parked my car, waiting for the lanky gent to wobble between the cars. But instead, he tapped on my window, mouthing something at me. Holding up my finger, like correcting a child, it was like I said, “Just […]

I”m Not Cooking for Thanksgiving! And my family said, “Amen.”

I’m not cooking for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Now, for most of you, this isn’t a surprise since you know my kitchen came with the house. So, this Thanksgiving, I’m counting my blessings and having our meal catered. Not because I’m special, but because the day will be special. November has made me feel like a raw […]