Secure in the World

As he backed out the door of his shop, the doughnut man juggled a large box in one hand while wrestling with a dozen helium balloons in the other. What caught my eye was the balloons whipping and weaving in the wind as the man hurried to set up his booth for the fair. Reaching…

A Shining Spirit

Have you ever been with someone who, after spending time with them, makes you feel as if you’ve been with God? A person whose countenance glows and whose spirit shines? I have. After I wave good-bye, hang up the phone, or conclude reading correspondence from them my spirit soars. Why? Because I have encountered one…

Abundant Grace, Part 13

The unforgiving bench bit into the back of my thighs, causing them to tingle and silently beg me to relieve my sleeping limbs. Nevertheless, I pushed aside my discomfort, knowing full-well that it would be only minutes before I would be able to rise and stretch my aching muscles. It was then that I felt…

Are We There Yet?

Have you ever planned a family vacation? After days of preparation, the suitcases are packed, the house is locked up, and snacks, luggage, pets, and children are dutifully loaded into the car. You’re breathing a huge sigh of relief as you finally pull out of the driveway when a small voice drifts from the back…

Abundant Grace, Parts 10, 11, & 12

Part 10   It was well past midnight, and all the chaos of doctors and nurses rushing back and forth had finally settled down, causing a certain stillness to seep into the vacated corridors. “Dad,” Lexie said softly as she placed a hand on my shoulder, stirring me slightly from my sleep. “Dad,” she tried…

Abundant Grace, Part 8 & 9

Part 8 – Fall 2014   Conversations buzzed all around me while the continual drone of rain beat against the windowpane. Yet I heard nothing. It was as though the world was dead to me. I felt vacant inside; only able to stare into the blank space and toss the saltshaker back and forth. All…

Abundant Grace, Part 5, 6, & 7

Part 5 “What was he thinking?” I seethed while trudging down the abandoned street. “It’s not even like he had to lie,” I continued to fume, realizing that Ian wasn’t the person who I had thought he was. Now he was gone, all because he chose to keep the secret of his faith in God….

Abundant Grace, Part 3 & 4

Part 3 I was lost deep in thought while I stood on the curb waiting for the school bus to arrive. I had so many emotions as I kept replaying the recent occurrences in my head, causing me to be in my own little world. When the bus pulled in, I barely took note of…

Abundant Grace, Part 1 & 2

Part 1 As if it were all playing out in slow motion, everything began to evolve in front of my eyes. One by one, the members of the jury stood to their feet with one purpose firmly planted in their hearts and minds. It was quite clear that their only goal was to rid themselves…

In Trials Like These, Part 2

On April 26, 2019, around 6:30 in the morning, I suffered my first seizure. It occurred while I was sleeping so fortunately, I do not remember it. This seizure caused me to fall out of my bunk at college which was about five feet off the ground. I fell directly on my head and continued…