Sometimes We Produce Unwanted Results
Jacksonville, Florida

Sometimes We Produce Unwanted Results

A woman in San Diego, in an attempt to locate her lost Chihuahua, stood on a street corner with a sign asking if anyone saw it. The reason it became a news item was she wore a bikini to get the attention of passing drivers. She not only got their attention, she got the attention of a weirdo who not only sent her a picture of a Chihuahua (not necessarily hers), but of his private …

Improper Priorities
Jacksonville, Florida

Improper Priorities

I like to do Black Friday. Getting up at four in the morning to go out early before the crowds really get going has always been fun. The people who are out and about are usually nice and friendly. Too bad this year was spoiled by some of the stores opening at midnight. I’m sure you’ve heard the stories, shootings, fights over gaming systems, and even one woman who pepper sprayed a crowd so she …

Doing God’s Will
Jacksonville, Florida

Doing God’s Will

A friend of mine has arrived in Cameroon on a mission trip for six months. I can’t imagine stepping out like that. And when I was her age, my courage came from a bottle, not from God. When I see someone like Geri go to Africa based on God’s will, I feel inferior. Am I not a good Christian if I say “I could never do that”? When someone asks if I’d be able to …

When You Want to Run Away
Jacksonville, Florida

When You Want to Run Away

I have a friend whose mother is very sick. She’s been fighting cancer for a while now. Just when you think she’s doing better, something happens to weaken her. All the stress of caring for a sick wife is also wearing on the husband. He’s hurt his back lifting her from the floor when she’s so weak she can’t stand. He hates to ask for help because he should be strong enough to take care …

Can Exercise be Bad for You?
Jacksonville, Florida

Can Exercise be Bad for You?

Saturday I overdid it exercising. More particularly I overdid the squat thrusts. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s an exercise where you jump down, throw your legs out behind you, stay in plank position for a couple of seconds, then bring your legs back up and jump up. They’re a killer, but they’re also a total body workout. The reason I’m doing this is because of a real cute purple …

A Time to be Scared or Saved
Jacksonville, Florida

A Time to be Scared or Saved

WilliamPeter Blatty, the writer of The Exorcist never meant for it to be scary. He meant for it to help save souls. In an interview he is quoted as saying “… if an investigation were to prove that possession is real, what a help it would be to the struggling faith of possibly millions, for if there were demons, I reasoned, then why not angels? Why not God?” * Who would have thought that a …

A Day of Rest
Jacksonville, Florida

A Day of Rest

It was a busy weekend. We had our annual writer’s boot camp for Ancient City Romance Author’s in St. Augustine. I was in charge of getting the agent to and from the event, among other things. You can’t put on a workshop within a week. It takes months of planning and lots of participants helping. Once it’s over, it’s time to rest. I chose to rest on Sunday, which meant not going to church. Genesis …

Are Christians Being Hypocritical?
Jacksonville, Florida

Are Christians Being Hypocritical?

It’s that time of year when churches have their fall festivals to try to get visitors to their church. This year will be the first time in a while I’ll miss ours. A fun time is usually had by all, including the helpers. However, every time our festival nears, I recall my then fifteen year old listening to a radio announcer upset that a large chain store was not going to use the words “Merry …

Letting Go
Jacksonville, Florida

Letting Go

How much baggage do you carry from your past? Is there anger toward someone? Shame for what you’ve done? Holding on to the past keeps you from moving forward with your walk with God. Phillipians 3:13-14 reads, Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win …

A DAILY WORKOUT WITH JESUS
Jacksonville, Florida

A DAILY WORKOUT WITH JESUS

Do some days seem to drag on and on? You’re tired and overwhelmed and just want to get some rest but there’s too much to do. As a writer, I’m constantly writing, critiquing or thinking. It’s enough to drive a crazy man sane. This is time when we need to rest in Jesus. Our bodies are craving a break from the world. Filling ourselves with the spirit is the best way to energize. Bible verse …