Journey of Joy: Week Nine — Meeting People

In the weeks leading up to my second trip to the Holy Land, I had several people encourage me to focus not only on the dead stones, all the holy sites, but to look upon the living stones, the people who live there, as well. Knowing this trip would be different than my first becauseContinue reading “Journey of Joy: Week Nine — Meeting People”

Journey of Joy: Week Eight — Stops Along the Way

In our 30 years of marriage, my husband, Larry, has preferred to be the driver on vacations because, in his own words, “I want to get there.” He was not implying that if I drove we’d get lost and never get there but that I’d drive slower. And he wanted to get there. Now thatContinue reading “Journey of Joy: Week Eight — Stops Along the Way”

Journey of Joy: Week Seven — Departure!

Departure — a travel word if there ever was one. One of the few times we hear the use of departure is when we’re at the airport, train station, or bus stop, staring hopefully at a board that lists the status of all the departures.  Departures can be grand. I’m an 80s kid, so “LoveContinue reading “Journey of Joy: Week Seven — Departure!”

Journey of Joy: Week Six — It’s Time to Pack!

My heart pounded louder with each list that came around. Our leaders’ hope to prepare us for our upcoming trip to the Holy Land only caused my anxiety to rise because each list revealed what I didn’t have for the ten day excursion.  My reality? I had no idea how to prepare for such anContinue reading “Journey of Joy: Week Six — It’s Time to Pack!”

Journey of Joy: Week Five — The Waiting and Anticipating

A quick glance at the calendar tells me the trip we booked months ago is only six weeks away. My insides do that little fillip while my thoughts scamper, adding to my mental to do lists. But more than anything — after a year of sitting in the house — I just can’t wait! Yet,Continue reading “Journey of Joy: Week Five — The Waiting and Anticipating”

Journey of Joy: Week Four — Booking Rooms and Transportation

One fine April afternoon, my husband and I started dreaming about a romantic getaway while making an eight hour drive to Texas. I’d seen one of the airlines had their $99 ticket promotion going, so I read off the cities included. Charleston piqued our interest enough that I pulled out our calendar, found some datesContinue reading “Journey of Joy: Week Four — Booking Rooms and Transportation”

Journey of Joy: Week Three — Charting the Course

During my second excursion to the Holy Land, most of our group sat bunched together toward the front of the bus, but I chose to sit in the back with a few of my fellow travelers, the ones who wanted to compare notes, count steps, and study maps between stops. We had so much fun!Continue reading “Journey of Joy: Week Three — Charting the Course”

Introducing: The Joyful Life

Part of my journey in becoming a writer has been to research how other writers’ websites look, what they post on social media, and where they submit their writings for publication. In all my searching, I discovered The Joyful Life. Not only is their website beautiful, but their heart to come alongside Christian women toContinue reading “Introducing: The Joyful Life”

Journey of Joy: Week Two — Where You Are Now

The first time I met a GPS, she spoke with great authority, clearly calling out directions as our group from Oklahoma navigated the highways of Atlanta. Despite being amazed at her ability to know where we were at any given moment, I had to work hard to overcome my skepticism every time she paused toContinue reading “Journey of Joy: Week Two — Where You Are Now”

Possible

First He prayed, “Everything is possible for you.” A word of faith. Of truth. Then He prayed, “Take this cup from me.” His honest, heart-felt cry. The pain, the suffering bubbling-up out of His humanity. “Yet not what I will but what you will” (Mark 14: 34, 36). A choice to follow God wherever HeContinue reading “Possible”