Chapter Four – I’m sure it’s nothing

            I had agreed to go to church with Zella and Celeste that Sunday, a week after Robbie got home.  I’d managed to keep my distance from them for those few days so I was feeling stronger, well, more stubborn, which was more like myself.  My mom had kept me busy with social club crap,…

Chapter Three – This we can handle

            I woke up the next morning in silence.  No yelling or slamming, just blue skies and a bird outside my window, idyllic and rare. It was the day that we were meeting Robbie at the airport.  Since we had chatted a little back and forth while he was away on deployment, I thought it…

It’s Time

I have wrestled and resisted and walked away from finishing the third and final book of a trilogy that I started years ago. I have started, I've announced, and I've backed out. I apologize. I was trying to produce something before it was time, like a premature birth that had to be placed in a…

Back to the Boat

Commitment often requires a release of comfort. Peter found himself in that boat (literally and figuratively). See, he had just walked 3 years with an amazing man who he believed to be the incarnated Christ, the Messiah his people had heard about and awaited for generations upon generations, saw miracles the likes of which he…

You've heard it, right? "The rain falls on the just and the unjust." We quote it quite often to imply that bad things happen to good people, but do we possibly have it backward? Rain could mean blessings, after all it takes rain to grow a crop and to provide a break from the drought.…

Father and Son

I have always loved the story of Abraham and Isaac. The story of willingness and sacrifice and reprieve and provision, captivate me. After all, isn’t that ultimately the journey of every faithwalker? But this week God challenged me to reread it, in His narration, with His thoughts, through His eyes and, most of all, in…

Cat Scratch Fever

I am a dog person. I would have stood behind a panel of jurors and declared that fact with unwavering certainty. If I were on trial for loving dogs, I would have gone to jail. I was not only a dog lover, I was a cat hater! I was equally passionately sure that I did…

Removing Splinters

“I’m not one to judge… but…” I knew what was coming, the same thing that comes anytime anyone starts any conversation with those words – judgment. I struggle with that. I think Jesus struggled with that, too. The same Lord that warned us, “In the same way you judge others, you will be judged” (Matt.…