The Comfort of Knowing There’s Life After Death

The Comfort of Knowing There's Life After Death

Losing a loved one is never easy. I will soon be standing with my family at the graveside of my precious cousin whose life will end much sooner than any of us ever expected. It’s a good reminder that life is fleeting, and we don’t know how long we have on this earth. Today they took her off the ventilator, and we wait. Yes, God could do a miracle, but we are at peace knowing

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Valentine’s Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Valentine's Day Through the Eyes of a Single

  Today is Valentine’s Day, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is hard. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective makes a big

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Seven Qualities of a Kindred Spirit Friendship

Seven Qualities of a Kindred Spirit Friendship

Friendships are truly a gift from God. Every once in a while, God brings along a friend who “gets” you, who totally understands you, and vice versa—a kindred spirit. If you have had a kindred spirit friend, you know what that looks like, and it’s hard to explain. It’s not a relationship you have to work hard to make happen; it just happens. God’s hand is clearly in it. In Philippians 2:20, Paul refers to

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Fighting the Battle of Inadequacy

Fighting the Battle of Inadequacy

I’ve been feeling inadequate lately. It seems life is busier than ever, and there are more things to get done than time to do them. And I’m doubting if I can do the tasks given to me and do them well. Yep, I’m fighting the battle of inadequacy. Every day I find myself telling God, “I can’t do this.” Maybe you’re fighting the battle of inadequacy, too. God, I can’t be a good mom, or

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Where has 2018 gone? This year flew by, and 2019 will be here in just a few hours! I always like to take some time at the end of each year to journal about the previous year—the highlights as well as things that were tough. This year has been a good year but also challenging. As each year passes, I realize just how much I need God—His direction, His wisdom, His strength. This morning I

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What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are up, Christmas music is being played on radio stations, the traffic around the malls has doubled, and many are preparing to travel to be with families over the holiday. I love this time of year as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But, sometimes I can get so busy with doing and running around that I don’t slow down and reflect on

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Tears at Thanksgiving

Tears at Thanksgiving

  As I write this blog post this morning, I’m wiping away tears. I just received word that a dear friend of mine here in Memphis lost both her parents last night in a tragic train accident. How does one handle this kind of grief? My heart goes out to the families who are still in shock that this has happened so suddenly. It’s the day before Thanksgiving—a time we focus on giving thanks. How

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How Drawing a Line Down the Center of a Page Can Change Everything

How Drawing a Line Down the Center of a Page Can Change Everything

  Guest Post by Cathy Baker (I met Cathy several years ago at the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference, and I love her heart and her writing! I know you will too.)   Ice cream has always been my downfall. Not just any ice cream, mind you. It must include sweet morsels of cookie dough, thin mints, or chocolate chips⏤sprinkles, syrups, or anything fruity are simply not invited to the party. Recently, while wiping minty

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Handling the Busy Seasons of Life

Handling the Busy Seasons of Life

Does anyone else feel like they’re spinning plates in the air, trying to keep them all going at the same time? That’s how I would describe what I’m feeling these days. Life is busy, and I feel stretched and pulled in many directions. My fear is that all the plates will come crashing down because I can’t keep them going much longer. How do we get to that place? How do we get so busy

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From the Mountaintop to the Valley

From the Mountaintop to the Valley

  It’s hard to believe this is the sixth year of my blog, The Passionate Pursuit. This morning I was thinking about the very first blog post I wrote. After reading back through it, I decided to share it again. I had just received an email from an agent who wanted to represent me and pitch my Bible studies to publishers. I was thrilled! But then something happened that changed my joy to tears and

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