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Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019!

Merry Christmas to You Thank you for subscribing to my website newsletter. As our world celebrates Jesus' birthday and then transitions to a new year, may you and your family experience God's peace, joy, and favor. Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a...

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My New Website and Privacy Policy

New Website I am pleased to unveil my new website (click here)! This reflects my shift from a nonfiction writer who blogged at "Set Free to Soar" and then "Lighting the Journey Ahead." Now I write drama for the screen and stage -- primarily films, occasionally plays....

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Solomon and America’s State of the Dis-Union

Solomon and Our SOTDu What does King Solomon have to do with Tuesday night's State of the Union (SOTU) address? If Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, he proved that after Jesus, he was the wisest person who ever lived. In 2018, Ecclesiastes 1:9 rings as true as...

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Wishing You a Musical Merry Christmas

A Musical Merry Christmas to You Musical memories are special. Two of my childhood favorites that I still at enjoy at middle age: Charlie Brown Christmas dance by Vince Guaraldi. The Ballad of the Christmas Donkey by Ed Ames. Click on the above links to bring a smile...

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Struggling with Questions of Why: a Guest Post by James N. Watkins

Questions of Why? Why? Why? Guest post by James N. Watkins If you have children, nieces and nephews, or younger siblings, you know that a three-year-old’s favorite word is why. “Johnny, hold my hand while we cross the street.” “Why?” “Because I don’t want you to run...

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Getting Back to the Basics: Love 101

Love 101 Hello class, welcome to Love 101! Today's lesson will be a review of the basics. But let's not equate the word "basic" with the words "trivial, unimportant, no big deal." The Bible promises in John 3:16 that God so loved the world, our heavenly Father gave us...

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Are We Keeping the Blindfold on Lady Justice?

Lady Justice and Her Sliding Blindfold Justice is blind. At least, it's supposed to be. But In the court of personal opinion, we like to peek, don't we? How often do we base right and wrong on who is involved? If a friend does something bad, it's tempting to try to...

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Keeping a Journal: Past Light Still Shines Today

Journal Keeping Journal keeping is a helpful spiritual practice. Do you keep one to mark your walk with Christ? For 20 years I've recorded praises, complaints, requests, and answers. Looking back at previous entries not only points to where I've been, it sometimes...

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A Helpful Question We Can Ask After Harvey

The First Question We Tend to Ask There's a question I'm sure has been asked numerous times since Hurricane Harvey touched Texas: Why? Why did this storm flood our nation's fourth largest city? And why did it hit those other towns besides Houston? Evacuating several...

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Our Measuring Stick for Charlottesville

A Measuring Stick for Charlottesville What measuring stick are we using to evaluate the deadly violence and intimidation last weekend in Virginia? How sad that white nationalists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters. On May 30, I posted Animal...

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Three “Comp”s to Avoid When It’s Not Our Time

A Time for Everything There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Recently a friend was featured in the newspaper for being the subject of an article in a national magazine. She writes a biweekly column in our...

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Three C’s God Uses to Change Us

Change: Life's Only Constant Are you ready for change? You may have heard that the only person who really likes change is a crying baby with a wet diaper. Isaiah 6:1-8 describes three C's God used to transform his life. God will use these same C's to make you and me...

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Four Ways the Psalms Offer Us Wisdom

Wise Psalms The book of Psalms is more than an ancient song book. Like the book of Proverbs, the 150 psalms offer us plenty of wisdom to light our journey ahead. You and I find wisdom expressed in four ways. 1. About God to us Commit your way to the Lord; trust in...

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