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Déjà vu (Already Seen) Reading in the book of Matthew, I notice what appears to be the same verse twice. In Matthew 19:30, Jesus says “many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”  Here I see Jesus teaching on being a servant.  Right before this verse he tells […]

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. Titus 1:15 This verse came to mind yesterday while I was pumping gas.  Ok, Tina, you are crazy.  How in the world are you thinking about the Bible while pumping gas?  Let me explain. I typically […]

Reading the book of Exodus chapters 7-10 this morning, I get physically ill and emotionally exhausted reading about the various plagues that God placed upon Pharaoh and Egypt.  My first reaction is “Pharaoh.  Get a grip!  Wake up.  Just let the people go.  What’s it gonna take?” That last question I cry in my heart […]

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32-33 Have you ever believed a lie?  No. Really.  Think about it.  I have.  The times I have believed a lie were not […]

It’s one thing to forgive, another to accept that forgiveness.  Take the story of Joseph for example. Joseph’s jealous brothers sell him into slavery and he gets a raw deal several times throughout his life.  Thrown into prison, forgotten, wrongly accused, you name it.  If I was Joseph, I would be yelling “God, really?!  Are […]

Notice the student to your right.  She is wearing the “James Reeder Memorial Shirt” and is currently in the Bahamas on the 8th grade missions trip.  When Avery was in 8th grade at Calvary Christian Academy, her class attended this missions trip as well.  I remembering asking James if he wanted to go as a […]

A video made by my friend Cliff (firefighter) who recently lost his dog.  No Cliff, the Bible doesn’t say that dogs go to heaven, but Tango was more than a dog 🙁  

What a beautiful day yesterday in South Florida.  Perfect day for a run.  As soon as I could escape from that concrete building I was on my way home to get on my running shoes and head to the beach.  Beautiful!  There is something precious about running next to the ocean listening to worship music. […]

Vacation.  Isn’t that time to relax? Time to NOT think? There are two moments in my life that I find myself “not thinking.” Daily, that happens in the shower and yearly, that happens on vacation. Seems like my mind can be free of “have-to-thoughts” like work, finances, and that never-ending to-do-list only on those two […]

(June 20, 2010) It was Father’s Day 2009. There I sat alone in church, the first Father’s Day without James and I wondered if Avery was feeling what I was. Actually I wasn’t sure what I was feeling…sadness, loneliness, anger or maybe it was just pain knowing that Avery didn’t have a daddy to celebrate […]

(May 28, 2011) Lesson #1:  What love really means:  “I will love you for you, not for what you have done or for what you will become”.  It was when I was able to love James like God loves me that he was set free.  I accepted him as he was not for what he […]

(Sept. 22, 2013) How do you know a life is changed? You pray for years, dreaming of the day when he comes home with a fully repentant heart. A life surrendered to God.  But how do you know it’s for real? I remember struggling with these very thoughts regarding my husband.  We had a very difficult […]

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