Look to Him

Look to Him

I had been studying for several days, trying to prepare for a women’s retreat where I’d be speaking several times that weekend, and it just seemed like nothing was coming together. I’d write a few thoughts, look up a few scriptures, pray for guidance, and still it all seemed flat to me. I was worried. I texted several of my prayer warrior friends, asking them to agree with me in prayer that everything would come together in time for the…

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Give it to God

Give it to God

  I love happy endings, don’t you? That’s why I love the story of Hannah in the Bible. Hannah was a good wife to Elkanah but she couldn’t bear any children. Back then, that was the worst possible thing that could happen to a woman. In fact, a childless woman was often divorced, or another wife was added to fulfill the child-bearing duties. Either way, the non-child producing wife lived a bitter existence. Well, this is what poor Hannah faced…

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After All

After All

Today, Jeff and I celebrate 27 years of marriage, and I couldn’t be happier about it. You see, I picked him out when I was in eighth grade. I was at my best friend’s house practicing for our upcoming cheer tryouts, when I saw him. He was shooting hoops with my best friend’s older brother. “Who is that with Ryan?” I asked. “Oh that’s Jeff Adams,” Angie answered. I stared in his direction for a few minutes longer, trying not…

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Keep Looking Forward!

Keep Looking Forward!

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25 (ESV) Just recently, I spoke at a Christian writers conference, and one of the points I made in my keynote was simply—keep looking ahead. Set your gaze forward. I was prompted to share this after listening to a preacher I respect say, “You’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. The reason the windshield is so…

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Adjust that Crown! You’re Royalty!

Adjust that Crown! You’re Royalty!

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” First Peter 2:9 (NIV) Recently, it seems that every time I turn on the TV, Jupiter Ascending is on. And, you know what’s weird? I can’t stop myself from watching it. While much of the movie features alien spaceship chases, big explosions, spooky space creatures and Channing Tatum as a…

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The Everyday Hero

The Everyday Hero

Earlier this month, we said goodbye to my cousin Joseph Christopher Klatte. Joe wasn’t just a great cousin, he was a great man. As I listened to his immediate family, lifelong friends, and close co-workers share stories about this man who had greatly impacted their lives during the testimony portion of his funeral, I kept hearing one phrase over and over again in my spirit—Joe was an everyday hero. One of Joe’s nephews shared that Joe was a perfect example…

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Mushrooms and Manna

Mushrooms and Manna

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV) Early in our marriage, I tried to make my mama’s Mushroom Potatoes from memory. I knew it called for two cans of mushroom soup, but I couldn’t remember what kind of mushroom soup. So, I used two cans of Golden Mushroom. Problem was, the recipe actually called for two cans of Cream of Mushroom. So not the same. Jeff couldn’t even pretend he liked the dish. In fact,…

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Surprise, Surprise

Surprise, Surprise

“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23 NIV). When my oldest daughter, Abby, was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 33 weeks into her pregnancy with our first grandchild, I was surprised…and not in a good way. And, when her baby came via an emergency C-section after she’d been through 34 hours of labor—four weeks early—again, I was surprised…and not in a good way. And, when my adorable little grandson was whisked away to the NICU and I…

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Jiffy Pop Dreams

Jiffy Pop Dreams

  As I stood there, arms stretched toward heaven, worshipping God that Sunday morning, I heard from God in the most unique and intimate way. He showed me an image of Jiffy Pop popcorn in its silver self-contained stovetop popping pan. (You know the kind, right? The kind that as you shake the container over a burner, you’ll eventually hear that first “pop,” and then lots of “pops” follow until the bag bursts open with popcorn.) The vision continued and…

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Love Letters

Love Letters

This week I was able to take a day off and go Striper Bass Fishing in Lake Murray, SC, in between writing events—an awards banquet in NC and a one-day Serious Writer Tour Stop in Lexington, SC. You see, for Mother’s Day my thoughtful hubby purchased a guided fishing excursion for me on Lake Murray, knowing how much I would love it. He was right. It was such a fun day! Jeff always knows how to make me feel special….

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