I remember the first moments I found out I was pregnant with our second child, Knox. Holding that unexpectedly positive pregnancy test, I felt shock, disbelief and, if I’m being quite honest, dread. Such a departure from the happy dance and squealing when I read “PREGNANT” for the first time with our daughter, Presley. And … Continue reading Unexpected Blessings
"Mr. Willingham, looking at the results from your wife's scope, this is cancer and we will remove her right lung tomorrow." Fast-forward fifteen years. "Mrs. Willingham, we have the biopsy results back. Can you come into the office?" "Should I bring my husband?" Fast-forward five years. "The biopsy report is in and the cancer is back." Over the last twenty-some-odd … Continue reading All Is Well
But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of … Continue reading We Are The Deacons
I prayed but God didn't help. ~~~ I've been tirelessly praying for a very dearly loved friend for a LONG time. He's been battling some terrible things on his own for even longer than I've been praying about it. I've spent countless nights pleading with God to heal him. I know the only way that … Continue reading Are YOU Ready?
We are all familiar with admonitions in scripture against complaining, grumbling, disrespecting authority, sowing discord, etc. But today we are focusing on a well-founded complaint of discrimination that yielded good fruit for the body of Christ. Yes, there is a place for complaining and questioning the status quo in the body. There are big examples, … Continue reading Foxes in the Vineyard
As I read the scriptures of the discontent widows, my attention was drawn to the fact that it became the responsibility of the newly appointed deacons to aide and care for them. I was reminded of the first time I read this passage with a new understanding of the leadership position it describes. True, in … Continue reading We Are The Deacons
Acts 12:1-17 King Herod was killing Christians. He had John’s brother, James run through with the sword. And now he had Peter in prison. What was going to happen next? Were we all to suffer such a fate? Is this what it had come to? We had now gathered day after day praying for Peter’s safe … Continue reading Knock, knock. Who’s there?