People Just Don’t Get It. But Immanuel Does.

Ever have one of those flustered days, weeks, months, years, or even what seems to be a life time of harried moments strung together by frayed nerves?  Maybe it’s just me, but when I get in a tizzy, it often feels like no one “gets” why. Sometimes it’s unreasonable to expect people to be sensitive because they have no idea … Read More

A Lesson From Man’s Best Friend: We Wait In Hope

My dog, Oscar, is awesome.  He really is the best dog that God ever created.  Really.  He is.  In fact, sometimes, I have a suspicion that he’s part human.  Just kidding.  (Sort of). He’s just so full of personality.  You’d really have to know him in order to believe me as to how wonderful he is.  But, I have to … Read More

The Welcome Call

God’s always present.  But is He always welcome? Just as quickly as a deer that has been right beside you unbeknownst to your awareness, cloaked under the mask of foliage darts across your path, God sends reminders of His ever present self.  But when you feel like you’re alone, wandering between one giant patch of kudzu and another in the … Read More

Deer, Me, & Oscar: Where are You, God?!

My dog, Oscar, and I were walking at a local trail way last year. Before we knew it, three deer ran right across our path just a few feet away from us.  We both saw them. The smiles on our faces grew as our breath was taken away. And just as quickly as they appeared, they vanished. I looked down … Read More

10 Years: Why You Need Hope.

Ten years is the distance between my Daddy’s final breath on earth and first breath in Heaven. Ten Years. Today marks the end of those ten years and the beginning of the eleventh. I was 19 when he died of cancer. He turned 50 in the middle of his battle. He wasn’t just my father, he was my Daddy.  He … Read More

Taming the Inner Reptar

I’m utterly exhausted as I write this.  But I’m a writer and write I must.  Yesterday, I drove my 91-year-old grandmother back home to North Carolina after an eventful trip to see us in Virginia.  The events started two hours after she arrived in Virginia when we raced her to the Emergency Room by ambulance and began to wind down … Read More

Running After The Pioneer

This past Saturday was unlike most of our Saturdays.  Usually, we sleep in, devoid of alarm clocks, to catch up on long days and nights of work.  But this day was different.  The Virginia Ten Miler was to take place right outside our window.  I must admit that last year all three of us (the dog included) slept through the … Read More