Monthly archive for ‘ June, 2012 ’

Two if by Train

29th June 2012 | 5 Comments

I arrived at the prison just past 1:45 and with my father-in-law at my side, entered the same double doors that I had  72 times before for visits. My heart was pounding in my chest. My body trembled. But as I looked at the guard on duty I felt myself relax. Of all the corrections […]

Joy Comes in the Morning….

25th June 2012 | 3 Comments

Tomorrow morning my family and I will travel to Jesup for the last time! We will be at the prison at 1:30 to receive Joel when he is released between 2 and 2:30. I cannot express the range of emotions we are experiencing. Anticipation, eager expectation, and yes some trepidation. Tomorrow we enter into a […]

What Else Is There?

21st June 2012 | 1 Comment

I was listening to a Pete Briscoe message in which he told the story of an opportunity he had to take Major Ian Thomas out to dinner one day. Major Thomas is one of his heroes of the faith, a man whom his parents worked with in their evangelism ministry in England when Pete was […]

The Things that Shape our Lives

17th June 2012 | 1 Comment

Recently on a Christian radio station I heard a brief blurb about choosing to honor our dads. In light of the approach of Father’s Day the speaker was offering some practical ways of honoring fathers, even in the absence of a close relationship.  I found that idea entirely foreign. It has never been difficult for […]

Last Visit

10th June 2012 | 4 Comments

Today the boys and I experienced a “last” that I have dreamed of for the past three years. We made our last visit to Joel in the prison at Jesup! What an odd feeling it was to look at the overpriced vending machine food, and think, “I certainly won’t miss this.” As we drove home […]

A Key to Growing Faith

8th June 2012 | 0 Comments

Joel owns a 1972 Mini Cooper that he just adores. It will be his wheels when he gets released, but in his absence it has sat forlornly under a cover in the car port.  The other day my dad came by and asked for the key to it, because it’s time to start getting it […]

Forgiving Ourselves

7th June 2012 | 0 Comments

Recently I’ve been doing some work for my brother-in-law on a love seminar/book that he and a friend are putting together. We were covering some material on forgiveness, and I was reminded again of the work God has done in both Joel and me regarding this area. One key thing I have learned is, we […]


6th June 2012 | 1 Comment

I used to think the world holistic was spelled with a “w” as in “wholistic” because it refers to an understanding and treatment that involves the whole picture. So I was surprised when I learned that it was spelled holistic and had no relationship whatsoever to the word “whole.” As I have considered a holistic […]

The Cyclical Nature of Kingdom Investment

5th June 2012 | 0 Comments

“Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” God has been working on me recently, teaching me again about treasure. What do I truly treasure? What do I find most valuable? And whatever my answer to those questions are–do my actions verify that answer? What I […]

Coming Soon….To a Bookstore Near You

4th June 2012 | 3 Comments