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
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.
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…
Like in a relationship with my spouse, the bond is created with time spent in each other's presence and conversation. Without that time together, we begin to fill in the blanks with our own interpretations of their thoughts. Misunderstandings are created with assigning wrong motivations for certain acts. Our insecurities grow, especially when we feel less valuable because other priorities take precedent over our time. Accusations and Fear and then bitterness...seep in and cracks in the bond begin to shake the foundation of a marriage.
If you are not spending personal time with God, does that concern you? Or are you OK with it?
There are no boxes to check to Salvation. You don't have to read your Bible 20 minutes a day and pray before you go to bed, or attend a Church building service to fulfill your duties that stamps you as a Christian.
But, if you are not even doing those small practices, then are you sure you are?
This God thing is not a Cultural Expectation way of belief …