Heart to Heart

No Guilt in Love

Do all things in love. When it is love that compels us to do right, then we do right. When it is guilt that drives us, we push back. Nobody wants to be guilted into right living, right decisions, right choices. God does not lay guilt on us - instead, He took the guilt on… Continue reading No Guilt in Love

Heart to Heart

A Penny for Your Thoughts

I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.  ~John 14:18 Tonight, my heart hurts. My soul is weary. The fight is real. I would wager that many of you are here tonight, too; Because how many of us fight a secret struggle, deep in the recesses of our hearts, That nobody knows… Continue reading A Penny for Your Thoughts

Heart to Heart · Worship and Christian Living

Not for the Faint of Heart

The blows, they just keep coming. Over and over, day after day. You wonder - will this ever end?  Will things ever get better?  Why am I being pummeled? Years ago, back when it wasn't over-grown, full of tall grass and weeds, my husband began a huge garden on his five-acre property. Day after day,… Continue reading Not for the Faint of Heart

Heart to Heart

You’re gonna be ok

A message from a friend: I am hurting today. A phone call: I am tired... I don't know how much longer I can do this. A social media post that silently screams, Someone, anyone, please love me. It's all around, and truth be told, we are all hurting in some way. Peace, my friend. He… Continue reading You’re gonna be ok

Heart to Heart · Worship and Christian Living

The Church of the Extremities, and other silly names

I am asking for grace as I write on this subject. Grace and understanding from those who shepherd His sheep. Pretty please – don’t crucify me by correcting my faulty theology, or hate me if you feel like I have mentioned you. I am going to be honest, but I will do my best to… Continue reading The Church of the Extremities, and other silly names

Heart to Heart

On Pain and Vulnerability

It is when you are tired and vulnerable that you are most easily tempted. It is when you are exhausted and weak that you are easy prey. It is when your heart is broken, and there is a great, gaping wound, that you are open to whatever or whoever steps in to fill in the… Continue reading On Pain and Vulnerability

Heart to Heart · Worship and Christian Living

If We’re Honest

The faithful among us… the strong, the stout-hearted – how I admire and envy their stolidity, their strength, their unwavering belief in the face of the worst situations, the most devastating diagnoses, the most painful abandonments. You know somebody like this, I’m sure – someone who, no matter what happens, their immediate response is, “Yes,… Continue reading If We’re Honest

Heart to Heart · Worship and Christian Living

Just… Shut Up.

My mouth. Ohhh, my mouth. When I was a little girl, my grandma taught me how to use a needle and thread; how I wish I could take a needle and thread and use it to sew up my own pie-hole. Yes, my very own open trap that doesn’t seem to know when to keep… Continue reading Just… Shut Up.

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When Your Heart is Weary, But You Still Have to Forgive

I could see the tears welling up in her eyes as I scolded her: “How many times have I told you not to do that?? We go through this every day! Over and over, I ask you not to do this, yet the behavior continues, and you get in trouble, every time! When are you… Continue reading When Your Heart is Weary, But You Still Have to Forgive

Worship and Christian Living

I Never Knew You

Jesus told a story once.  It was about a woman, who we will call Ann. Ann was a typical Christian woman. She did what she was supposed to do, married, raised a family, went to church, sang in the choir, worked in the nursery, and gave one tenth of her family's income in the offering… Continue reading I Never Knew You