Sharing inspiration, encouragement, hope for those who believe that life is a journey filled with ups and downs, that God is in control, and that love is the greatest gift we can have and we can share. Continuing my gift of gab thru word, a columnist who blogs, and a mother, a wife, a woman who shares her thoughts, opinions, and stories....
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My story (the short version)
EACH one of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Gal. 6:5
Born a Mississippi Girl, I am a product of country and bit of Cajun influence living so close to New Orleans where my father worked. I grew up always wanting to be a writer. As I discovered more about my Christian Faith, I also wanted to follow Christ which I did, in full time service as a member of the Contemporary Christian touring group, Sound of Joy, based out of Pensacola, Florida.
Once I settled back home, my husband and I served in churches for the next 15 years, also producing two wonderful boys.
In 1998, I lost my husband in a car accident and was able to find my way through the dark period of loss and new challenges.
The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him. Nahum1:7
Life promises no easy journey, but knowing my Savior in a personal way made my pathway meaningful and I grew along the way.
Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. Psalm 55:22a
Now, remarried, living in Huntsville, Alabama and blessed with twin boys in a happily ever after scenario, I find that even when most pieces fit together, there is still hardships and trials. Adult children, death of a parent, financial and career issues, health both physical and mental, I have yet found the paradise of everything running smoothly. Every day is one of frustration with distracted kids, piles of laundry, and details of running my crazy life and when I stop to catch my breath, I realize internally, I have joy and peace.
Sometimes, you just have to stop.
Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. Prov 16:1
I have been through natural disasters such as Hurricane Camille when it devastated my hometown and coastal neighbors, which was re-destroyed worse than ever by Hurricane Katrina. Moving to North Alabama, I experienced their worse natural disaster when hundreds of tornadoes broke out across the state, killing many and devastating large portions of the state, wiping out electricity for Huntsville, a larger metropolis area for over a week.
No matter the crisis, I have found my strength lies in my Christ.
I am led to write my story, my thoughts and my observations, not as some super-Christian with all the answers, thankfully I am not that, but as someone who struggles, who is real, and who finds that through my weakness, He is made strong.
Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place. Prov 16:3
I have served as a singer, a teacher, a mentor, a servant, a parent, but it is now, that I turn my writing over as well.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
I can not put on any religious airs, or mask my sinful tendencies, before God. I must be who I was born to be, not trying to clean it up, but being real with the creator of all things.
A devout life does bring wealth, but its the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. 1 Tim. 6:6
My experience in writing:
Syndicated Columnist for Newspapers 15 years
My Hometown Column
Freelance Writer, Feature Writer for Life on the Water Magazine, Editor for Pearl River County Magazine, Media Consulatant for the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation and Partners for Pearl River County.
anyone really wake up with the thought that today may be the day they die? Saying goodbye to your loved one seems so trivial until you look back and realize it was the last goodbye. Then, it becomes a moment stuck in your memory that had so much importance… but you did not see it coming. You relive all those last days over and over again, savoring the countdown remembrance until the last glimpse.
At 34 years old, with two sons, six and ten years old, I faced the toughest challenge of my life and upheld a family tradition of becoming a young widow. Both my grandmothers and my aunt lost their husbands prematurely, two from car accidents and one from cancer. I never dreamed I too would continue the custom. Norman was my husband for 16 and a half years, whom I married at a young and naive 18 years old. Almost immediately, we traveled the world in a Contemporary Christian singing group called Sound of Joy. We were full time Christian singers on tour in a greyhound bus, performing in 26 st…
Many of you know of my late husband, a music minister, who picked out many a hymnal lineup for our services. As I was looking for Andrae Crouch songs with his recent passing, I discovered this small hidden note of songs Norman was selecting for a service. Many relate to Heaven, leaving this earth in which he did on Jan. 5, 1998 at the age of 41. So, let's hear what could be Norman's last message to us from the heartfelt choices of song selection he used to minister to his people. Maybe he wanted to tell me something? Or you? Or maybe, I just like thinking that he lived these words, and was very happy to go home. Either way, its a comfort and who doesn't need a little reminder. My next series of posts, will be those songs that he has left for us and in a way, his last music director act on this earth. Wow, I can almost hear him singing this in his Vince Gill voice while strumming a guitar..... The first song on the list:
Where Could I Go but to the Lord
J.B. Coats Living below …