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As a public school teacher I worked with children to teach them how to read, write, think mathematically, and ask questions like a scientist. The students learned about the importance to vote, the constitution and the Bill of Rights.  All important topics for students to grow up to be productive American citizens. But the biggest part of our instructional time was spent preparing for the FCAT or FSA. The students contrasted themes,… Read More

As a young teen I rebelled against my mother telling me what time to come home.  I waltzed through the door at the last possible minute. In high school I disliked teachers telling me how I needed to solve the math problems.  What difference does it make what method I used if I arrived at the same answer? And I didn’t appreciate any well-meaning friends who disagreed with my other “friend” choices…. Read More

When the Lord first used a broken fountain in Detroit to stir my heart to share my faith, fear paralyzed me for a season. But the hope of Christ burning within me overcome my fear.  However, other fears quickly replaced the first and for a while halted my willingness to share my faith. If you have ever struggled with sharing your faith, I’ve been there way too long. Here are a nine… Read More

Did you grow up in the 1980s, the Me! Me! Me! Generation?   Did you watch the life of the rich and famous on television, and your heart yearned for the enormous mansion, fancy sports car, and sequined evening gowns? Are you listening to the world whispering You can have it all!    Labels like Calvin Klein were extremely important in our 80’s materialistic culture. But I bought my prom dress at a thrift… Read More

When I was in second grade I received my very first diary complete with a lock and key so all my secrets would be safely tucked inside where no one could see. Since my best friend has recently moved to Hawaii, I confided all my boy crushes and penned all my trouble-making antics at school.  Yes, I confessed all on those tear stained pages. Perhaps you had a sister or a cousin… Read More

Heavenly Father, you are my blessed King. I love you and am content to sit still in your presence.   You are the great healer of the world. You alone nourish me both physically and spiritually when I draw near.   Your power breaks any chain of sin that desires to enslave me. Through your power, I live free.   Although I chose the sin that strangles me, you still choose to… Read More

You move close as my heart opens

My protector loves me, I’m his daughter

Gratitude swells because I am chosen

Cleanse my heart with your living water

Every soldier in the U.S. Army, receives a SMART book during basic training which explains how, when, and who to honor. Who should be honored? Drill Sergeants instruct soldiers to salute officers and authorized civilians of higher rank.  All soldiers are  expected to show respect. To do otherwise brings disgrace to your branch of service.  When we honor people we are regarding them with great respect.  The bible states respect everyone and… Read More

Years ago, I bought a 1969 mustang with a 302 engine and even wrestled with a waterproof cover every night. The bright blue metallic paint needed protection from the harsh sun and the salty sea air. Every week my arms waxed on, waxed off  as well as shining the chrome wheels. Goop and a cloth rag were my Saturday morning companions. One afternoon I drove into a Quik Oil Stop for an… Read More

Heavenly Father, you are mighty in power; My defender against the evil one. My victor against spiritual warfare.   Your Holy presence reveals healing truth and pushes my fearful thoughts away.   Trust replaces my line of thinking.   Stooping down, you draw your children into your arms. Your loving words comfort our hurting hearts.   Your power flows into our inner being. The enemy of our souls run for cover.  … Read More