Sweaty Grandma & Mom’s Super Power

This is my Mother’s Day post … it’s long, it’s wordy, it’s worth my sharing. Life is hard. It’s not all pretty. But memories of hope can rise up through the cracks of life … take a peek. I remember my grandma on my daddy’s side of the family. She smelled of leftover soap, and her skin made you wrinkle your nose from the soured mix of sweat from the humidity. Her face shined with moisture from the damp air,...

When Breathing Stops!

You never know how much someone loves you until you stop breathing! I hesitate to share this, but I’m compelled to praise the Lord for allowing my husband to tolerate me, to love me, and to put up with me. But more than the above, I praise God for Ray’s faith, for he is rock solid! He lives his faith daily. And he loves me, period. But mostly, he serves God and wavers not in his walk or devotion or...

Wheelock Academy / Unknown Soul

You can tour this historical site, Wheelock Academy in Millerton, Oklahoma. There’s a cemetery there with markers that say, “Unknown Soul,” and I used this location to write about a doctor who lost his way, about an angel, Chula, who knows the way, and to introduce Shoelace, the hobo girl to her … oh wait, you’ll have to read the novel. It’s a secret! The children, Choctaw girls once played in the water that dripped from this water tower. They...

National Day of Prayer … Forgive me!

(Tomorrow I’ll be with pastors and leaders at The National Day of Prayer in New Boston. And I’ll pray for our media alongside others. This is what’s on my heart tonight.) My prayer: Dear Lord, I confess that I have not served you at all times in the way I should, I have not loved You with all my heart, soul, and mind at all times, either. And I have not loved my neighbors as You have loved me. Please...

Annie Grace Kree Chronicles!!!

1945-1948 — Untied Shoelace led to Unknown Soul, which led to Rescue of Undaunted Spirit, which led to Unwanted Sidekick, which led to Unwavering Hope. Five novels! The sixth novel will take place in 1976 with Annie Grace Kree, grown and living back in Texarkana where she’ll encounter the Phantom Killer one last time! The hobo girl, Shoelace, who is Annie Grace Kree meets the Phantom Killer in the first novel. She’s introduced to an angel, Chula, and a carpenter,...

Weary and Worn, Worship and Win

Long gray hair, weary eyed, and slumped over. This dear older woman in rehab caught my attention week after week. It’s as if she could have folded her shoulders across her chest with the way she bent over in her chair. So when she wept and prayed with her hands crossed, leaning on her knees during worship, I wondered about her. I wanted to know her story. Her life. Her heart. Her hopes. Her desires. Her reason for the road...

Sleeping on Concrete! Until…

I pulled up to the spot where the text on my phone indicated the homeless man would be waiting for me. The text came from a friend who is staying at a shelter. It seems my friend met this man who is sleeping in a bathroom and stumbled upon him, startling him the other day. I stepped from the car, the chill of colder weather reminding me I should have grabbed a coat. Now this frail, older man peeked at...

Locked in Dungeon at Ten? Or was the door jammed?

Vacation when you’re ten-years old should be full of memories. Well, I have a dungeon story for you. Or so it seemed! I walked the long truck stop of a cafe toward the bathroom since we’d been stuck in the olive-green station wagon for a hundred hours or so. In those days, you apparently would let your child go to the bathroom alone, and once inside I shoved the dungeon type door closed, and twisted the metal bar that latched...