Jacksonville, Florida

Use as Instructed

Today I want to talk about the firestorm from vaping. First, let me make myself clear, I don’t think you should be putting anything like that into your lungs. My daughter uses one, and I wish she’d quit. That being said, why all the hoopla over these things? From what I’ve seen in the news, those who died from vaping were using these devices for THC oil, the component of marijuana that gets you high. …

Jacksonville, Florida

Does God Allow Suffering?

Well, God did it again. He spared the armpit of Florida by sending Hurricane Dorian away. Jacksonville barely got wind much less rain. I wish I could say the same for the Bahamas. It’s at times like this that we ask the question, why? It’s not like Jacksonville is a particularly Christian city. In fact, in the first six months of 2019, there have been seventy-five homicides. So why would God spare us and not …

Jacksonville, Florida

A New Friend

Here’s the new book cover for Fade to the Edge, coming soon.   A New Friend I’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family, Elektra, “Ele” for short. She joined us in our home on Saturday. Elecktra “Ele”, age 2 Psalm 50:10-11, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. God gave us the …

Jacksonville, Florida

Forgiveness Isn’t Easy

I’d like to welcome the terrific Tamera Lynn Kraft as our guest this week. Her picture alone should bring a smile to your face.   Forgiveness Isn’t Easy Mark 11:25 (ESV) And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. A close friend decided to ghost me. She stopped being my friend, ignored me, and wouldn’t say why. Once in the grocery …

Jacksonville, Florida

The End of Summer Brings New Beginnings

We have another guest this week, the talented Carol Raj as she talks about how Jesus enjoyed fiction as well. The End of Summer Brings New Beginnings As summer comes to a close, there’s a change in the air. Refreshing breezes replace energy-sapping humidity. Petunias die, and the rhubarb long ago wilted away. But the tomatoes in the garden can be eaten like apples, and colorful mums brighten garden centers. Most of all, the end …

Jacksonville, Florida

A Not So Perfect Spring Day

Today I’d like to welcome Erin Unger to my blog. Erin has a new release you can find out more about at the end. Also, leave a comment for a chance to win a free e-book of Fateful Fall. (Love giveaways.) A Not So Perfect Spring Day Have you ever felt like the world was crashing around you, and even God had abandoned you? This happened to me. It all started on a perfect spring …

Jacksonville, Florida

Christian Calamity

Too often people think that becoming a Christian saves us from storms in our lives. Nothing is further from the truth. The evil one goes at new Christians far worse than he does nonbelievers. I recall that not all things went well once I became a Christian. They still don’t. I’m sure you can say the same. Jesus faced storms as well. He had to deal with angry people, betrayal from a friend, and the …

Jacksonville, Florida

Old Age is Setting in

Years ago, (a lot of years ago) I used to say I’d never be old like my parents. I’d be young forever. I wouldn’t complain about kids playing in my yard or the new technology. Then along came digital coupons. Half the time they don’t work. I found myself getting angry at Publix the other day because the only recourse I had was to go home and reinstall my information. That meant those coupons on …

Jacksonville, Florida

A Different World

What would the world look like if all Christians lived like Mark 12:30-31 tells us to? For those who don’t know, this is the verse where Jesus tells us that we should “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Basically, we are …

Jacksonville, Florida

The Perfect Setup

I was reading an article the other day about how brides are ruining their honeymoon because they choose a vacation spot with wonderful beaches instead of the log cabin they’d rather rent. They spend half their days posing and shooting pictures instead of enjoying themselves. Why? Because they want to prove on Instagram they had a good time. So instead of having fun, they spend hours setting up their shots to make them the best. …