Dear Friend, Did you know our heart rate is the speed of the heartbeat measured by the number of contractions (beats) of the heart per minute (bpm)? Whenever I go walking and I’m listening to music I try to songs with a high bpm. Subconsciously,our bodies are inclined to move in sync with the rhythm that is loudest in our ears. When the song is slow it tends to decrease my pace and I end up traveling way less than planned. It seems like no matter how hard I try to out walk th
Dear Friend, I used to be so impatient. I mean not a little impatient but a lot impatient. My lack of patience also made me presumptuous. I mean I would get into things, that I had no business getting into, just because I didn’t want to wait. When I was impatient I also hated surprises, which means when my birthday and Christmas came around I was a hot mess. I couldn’t wait until my mom, left the house so I could snoop to see what she got me. I would ramble throughout the hou
Dear Friend, I ran track in high school. It’s by far one of the most physically challenging things I’ve ever done. I had two coaches; both trained athletes at the collegiate level and one at the the Olympic level. To say they had high standards would be an understatement. Although training was arduous, we couldn’t complain as they both led our small, private, all girls school to many state championships. My events were the 100, 200, and hurdles. One wouldn’t guess at first, a
Dear Friend, Today's Truth - But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 Friend to Friend - A few summers ago, I flew to Nashville to record vocals for a CD project. My friend, K
There is nothing a bandaid can’t fix in the eyes of a child. My son fell and scraped his shin. You would’ve thought it was the worst thing that could’ve happened to him. He cried and I consoled. All was well until... he decided to pick at the scab. He came to me with the same song and dance, “Mommy, look my leg is bleeding! I need a bandaid!” I dried his tears and bandaged him up. I knew for sure he would be fine. But it wasn’t over. A couple days had passed an
Dear Friends, At an early age I learned to swim. I took swimming lesson for several years growing up at both Thrasher Boys Club, and War Memorial Pool. I remember one of our goals was to be able to jump off the high diving board at War Memorial. They have since restructured the pool, however there was a real high diving board that allowed you to jump into the deepest part of the pool. I wanted to say it was at least 12-15 feet deep. This particular day I, had gotten up t
Dear Friend, So I have a confession, I have always been a good friend, but often impatient. I used to want everything to work out immediately. Sometimes I would push too hard, I push too far and I push too soon. It wasn’t until I almost lost a good friend, that I realized how damaging my actions were. I was so busy trying to “fix” her, that I didn’t realize she didn’t need to be “fixed”. I wasn’t her “savior”, my only job was to love her. Matthew 22:37-8 says, “Jesus declared
Dear Friend, Here of late our country has had many conversations and disputes about what it means to be an American: If all citizens aren’t allotted the same freedoms can America then be the Land of the free? Who are our enemies? What is our duty as American citizens to fight injustice, even if it comes from the Oval Office? We listen and debate amongst ourselves about our role as citizens. Citizen is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as, “a native or naturalized person
Today's Truth - My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.
Song of Songs 2:10 Friend to Friend - I was in college when I first eyed my husband. He was sitting on the floor at a friend’s Bible study gathering with his back against the wall, dressed in scruffy jeans and a red flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled halfway up his muscular forearms. His thick brown hair and chocolate-brown eyes left me weak in the knees.
Have you ever seen a tree running around begging for water? Or while waiting in line at Walmart and seen a tree checking out at the register with his groceries? These two scenarios sound foolish and ridiculous right?!?! But this is exactly how we look when we’re not planted and grounded in the provision of God! We’ll find ourselves running around begging and thirsty trying to find an alternative means of provision when God has already provided.
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