• When God Sends a True Friend

    The conference area was crowded, but I made my way to a table at lunch and sat down by myself to reflect on the morning’s sessions. I wasn’t attending this event as a speaker, not even as a pastor’s wife, and I was there completely alone; I didn’t know a soul at this church. LeRoy had stepped out of the pastorate a few months before, and I hoped to find some answers at this conference. This conference filled with “happy” women highlighted how lost I felt.

  • Weep Before Unloading Your Speech

    There are so many things about her life that are not the story she would’ve written. Her body aches to bear a child that may never come. Her soul longs for a home that she’s never seen. Her mind runs to a past filled with pain and a fear to hope for anything more than the tortuous road she’s walked. When she opens her eyes to face the day, it is a weary battle over whether to do what she “should” or stay sheltered in thick blankets until noon, turning her back on all the “must do’s” of the day. My friend is walking the narrow edge along the sheer cliffs of…

  • Experiencing True Friendship With God

    Read these words slowly: [box]“You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends . . .” (John 15:14–15)[/box] That is Jesus talking. Every time I hear this it does something to me. Friend. He calls me “friend.” The Greek word used here is: phílos – a friend; someone dearly loved (prized) in a personal, intimate way; a trusted confidant, held dear in a close bond of personal affection.1 What does that do to you, to know that He dearly loves you? You are held by Him…