This Road Home

Be Kind: Here’s How


I had the privilege of meeting my friend Sandi Joy just a couple of months ago at a conference/retreat for Christian women comedians, speakers, and writers. In fact, Sandi was the first person I met when I arrived at the hotel. It was a “dark and stormy night” kind of Sunday afternoon, and I had been suffering with an ugly migraine all day. The rainy drive up to Covington had almost done me in.

While I was checking in, this beam of sunshine that is Sandi Joy walked through the lobby.  I recognized her from the Facebook page for conference attendees. Yes, her red wop-sided hair-cut made her hard to miss, but it was her presence even in that Holiday Inn Express lobby that made me immediately recognize her as one of my people.  And even though she is very much a Yankee straight off the plane from Philly, she somehow knew me, and gave me a big hug.  Walking into that hotel, I knew I didn’t belong with that group of accomplished women, yet Sandi Joy made me feel “belonged.”   Continue reading “Be Kind: Here’s How”

Three Reasons to Be Kind Today



This world that we live in can be pretty hard on us, can’t it? Some days I feel discouraged about the things I feel are a constant battle.  Sometimes I find at the end of the day that I am  physically, emotionally, and psychologically exhausted.  And as my head hits the pillow and I reflect over my day, sometimes I ask, “Did I make a difference in this world at all today?” Continue reading “Three Reasons to Be Kind Today”

What if…?


What if none of this is about me, but instead, it’s all about Him?

What if church was never meant to be a support group for married people, for single people, for widowed people, for mothers, for fathers, for the childless, for children, for young adults, for old adults? Continue reading “What if…?”



Have you ever felt something very deeply and tried to explain to someone else what you were feeling; instead, you found yourself absolutely speechless?  The hymn, “The Love of God,” speaks to the impossibility of our ever fully being able to describe how deeply we are loved by God.

In Ephesians 3:19, the Apostle Paul tells the church that he prays that they will “know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.” How can we know something that defies knowledge?  In verses 17 & 18 Paul explains that this knowledge is available only through Christ who dwells in our hearts through faith.

In other words, only Christ Himself can communicate to me, through His presence in my heart, the breadth, length, height, and depth of His love for me. People can tell me all day that Jesus loves me (and we do need to be reminded, just as we need to remind others), but until I get it straight from Him, until I truly experience it, I’m clueless.

His love for me- it isn’t an emotion, it’s a “knowing” which grips my soul so firmly that it redefines my entire identity. Maybe I won’t ever be able to fully understand the love of God, but that’s okay- I have all eternity to experience it.

The Wondrous Gift


Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:1-7

Jesus has come. The final advent candle, the Christ candle has been lit. Today is a time for joy and celebration.

Christmas is not about family, though it brings families together. Christmas is not about doing good things for others, though we should rightly seek ways to be kind and charitable. Christmas is not about lights, trees, songs, and all the other good things we do to mark this occasion.

Christmas is about Jesus.  Jesus- our merciful, loving, and righteous God, a God Who was known for His expectation of life dominating holiness from His people- saw our utter inability to be like Him, so He graciously became like us.

But He was like us as we should be- holy and righteous. In becoming man, God lost none of His mercy, none of His justice. No, He became like us to do the work that none of us could do. Through His birth, His life, His death, and His resurrection, He accomplished our redemption.

As we go about wrapping up Christmas, let’s remember that the waiting is not over. There is another Christmas- a second Advent- that we are waiting for. May our hearts always be in a state of preparation, of readiness, to meet Him when He returns.

May you all have a very Merry Christmas!



Hope of All the Earth

Christmas Eve enters the scene. Amid all the songs and decorations, the wonderful aromas and flavors of once-a-year indulgences brewing in the kitchen, I hear the sounds of a world that is no different than it is any other day of the year.

There are still wars, still diseases, still famine, still crime…. What’s different, I wonder?

But then I have to ask myself, am I better today? Has all the spiritual preparation I have been doing this Advent changed me at all?

This poem I share with you this evening has become my favorite Christmas poem. It reminds me that despite the foul condition of my heart, the Lord still chose to dwell there. It reminds me that as awful as the world can be, He is still a merciful Savior- He is still the hope of the world.

Find a quiet place to read this, and to bask in praise and gratitude for a Savior who chose our hearts as His home. Absorb into your soul the hope that He offers to all who receive Him.


All Is Calm

Cross country skiing. Magical — Getting pulled by light on a cold winter day.

Luke 2:17-19

Tonight, the distinction between the shepherds’ response to finding Jesus and Mary’s response to being in the presence of God has made an impression on me. Continue reading “All Is Calm”

We Have A Winner!


Congratulations to my sweet friend Bebe Mackey who won the $50 VISA gift card!

Bebe obviously knows her Christmas carols, because she commented every day- even on the challenging ones!

I am so thankful for everyone who reads my blog, and I was excited to be able to do this giveaway for Christmas this year.

Today’s Advent blog will publish soon, but until then, everyone have a Merry Christmas!

Gift Card!

Here is your final opportunity to enter the drawing for a $50 VISA gift card.

I will be drawing tonight at 8:00 Eastern time. So, you have just a few hours to enter.

Just comment on any of the Advent 2017 blogs with the title of the carol in the blog’s title, and that’s it. You will be automatically entered.

Make sure that I have an email address to contact you if your name is drawn.


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