Neil and I had the best of experiences in the Savannah, Georgia area. It is lovely there, the weather was almost perfect, and we enjoyed a walking tour of historic downtown Savannah complete with a variety of beautiful old churches and residences. They even have their very own version of a River Walk.  However, as I write this we are ON THE WAY to our next destination.

Jesus was often ON THE WAY from one village to another. The Bible says he often ministered on the way; healing, giving sight to the blind, teaching, and even raising people from the dead.

ON THE WAY…implies that something has to be left behind in order for the next experience to begin. Jesus had to leave some things behind to get to the next place on the map. He left his parents Mary, Joseph, his brothers and sisters so that he could embrace new family of Disciples, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Jesus left behind the letter of the Law to embrace that Spirit of the Law.

ON THE WAY…Neil and I must leave the beauty of Fort McAllister State Park for Dreher Island State Park in Central South Carolina which will have, no doubt, a beauty of it’s own. We had to leave the Atlantic to enjoy the views inland. We hope to have left all the bugs behind…period. And we hope to embrace new views, new adventures, new people, new experiences.

From the moment of his birth, Jesus was ON THE WAY to Jerusalem…he just made a lot of stops along the way. Jesus was always on the way…to the Cross. That meant he had to leave the Father behind….to experience earthly relationships. He left the perfection of heaven behind to fully understand the brokenness of this earth. Jesus left it all to embrace you and me at his final destination…the cross of Calvary.

From the moment of our conception, we all began a similar journey. We are all ON THE WAY to our eternity. And one day, in the blink of an eye, we will leave all that we know now; the brokenness of this earth, for an eternity of days in either heaven or hell. I’m ON MY WAY to spend eternity in the presence of perfection. How about you?

Digging Out

Today is the Monday after Easter and a travel day on our great adventure – RV style. Packing and hitching up to the truck was uneventful and that is always a good thing. The rain was holding off and we were buckled in and ready to hit the road.

Let’s pause here so you can visualize the site. We were parked on grass and sand with the street about 30” higher than our truck and trailer tires. The trailer weighs 7 tons; yes, you read that correctly. We tow a 7 ton Fifth wheel trailer behind a Ford F250 diesel truck. But bear in mind the grass and sand had been soaked with heavy rain at different times throughout the weekend. So, buckled up and ready to go, we hit the pedal and heard the dreaded sound of spinning wheels. We tried rocking back and forth, but to no avail. Then we put boards in front of the tires and tried again. No luck, no luck at all, in fact by then we were stuck pretty deep. One of our “neighbors” came over and told us site #39, our site, was notorious for getting people stuck. We apparently were the most recent victims.

When was the last time you were in pretty deep? Maybe without any fault of your own, you’ve found yourself needing to dig out and it is getting messier by the minute. It happens to the best and the worst of us. Sometimes our Christian life takes a dive, we relapse into an old habit or hang-up. Or perhaps we walk blindly into a pit of depression.

It was not long this morning before the maintenance department had a front-end loader and chains hooked up to our truck. With very little effort, they pulled us out of the mud and onto the asphalt. It was obvious they had done this before. So with only a short delay, we were ready to hit the road again with only a bit of mud-slinging to show for it.

In our Christian walk, there will always be those people that point out our obvious mud-pit and condemn us to be stuck. But my prayer for each of us who find ourselves stuck in a muddy mess is that Jesus sends someone or perhaps a group of people that we have been living life and sharing with in Bible study, to come to our aid, doing whatever is needed to take our hand and pull us gently back to the firm foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.

Today, is the Monday after Easter and today is just another reminder of the message of the Cross and Resurrection. Isn’t that a message of bringing life out of death, of reconciliation vs. condemnation, and of messes being made into messages? Praise God for Jesus! Praise Him for the people who live out of godly character to help when we are in a mess and need to dig out.

Ordinary Days

It is just an ordinary day . Nothing special about it, in fact for the state of Florida, I suspect they have an abundance of days that look and feel just like this one, sunny and pleasantly cool. I am doing an ordinary task – I’m at the laundry mat in the RV Park doing, yep you guessed it – laundry! Now, that’s about as ordinary as it gets.

I’m just an ordinary gal. Nothing special about me, I’m starting to see lines on my face that tell me I’m getting older, just like everyone else gets older. I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother – just like so many other women.

Peter was an ordinary man. He had a wife, a mother-in-law, and must have started his ordinary, so many ordinary days ago, like he usually did. Got up bright and early, probably made a cup of coffee, caught up on some things around the house before he made his way to make his way to his ordinary fishing boat on along the sea of Galilee. And there he met up with his fishing buddies, James and John and they did what they ordinarily did on ordinary days that turned into ordinary nights; they fished. And they did not catch anything.

Until the Extraordinary appeared. On this ordinary day in the life of an extraordinary itinerate preacher, this man saw Peter’s boat was empty and stepped inside. He makes an extraordinary request for Peter push the boat out into the deep and drop the nets again. Peter protests, but then gives in and pushes out and drops his nets. And the fish come in so fast, he and his buddies can’t keep up! It was an extraordinary catch on an extraordinary day. It was so extraordinary, that Peter is heard to say “…Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness.”

I remember the day when the Extraordinary Itinerate Preacher revealed himself to me. It was a day I will never forget, for I too echoed Peter, “I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness”. That day was anything but an ordinary day for me. And Jesus, the Extraordinary, has infused in my ordinary life every day since that day. So, now even on ordinary days like today, even when I am doing ordinary tasks like laundry, even that becomes extraordinary.

Ordinary life; cooking meals, walking 3 miles, work, play – when infused with Jesus become extraordinary. Ordinary has purpose. Ordinary is the stage for showing off extraordinary grace – extraordinary healing – and his extraordinary presence!

Experience the Extraordinary – Everyday – in your ordinary!

See Luke 5 1-8



Destin, Florida – posted on March 7, 2016

Up to now, my frame of reference for beaches has been Port Aransas, Padre Island, and Galveston – all Texas beaches.  Those beaches are covered in sea weed and the pretty but poisonous jellyfish, dirty beige sand that sticks to your skin like glue, and water that can be described as mirky at best.

Thats all I knew, so I thought all beaches, at least all of the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, were like Port A, Padre, and Galveston.  That is until today.

I’m standing on the beach of Destin, Florida enjoying brilliant white sand with absolutely no sea weed or jelly fish.  In fact the sand is like walking on powered sugar.  And this is not called The Emerald Coast for no reason:  the water here is truly emerald green and as clear as swimming pool water.  Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!

Now, I know what I’ve been missing.  I thought what I had seen was the best it could be, but I was wrong – there was so much more just on the other side of the gulf.  Revelation 21 tells us that there will come a time when we will see a new heaven and a new earth.  I rather think this is God saying to us, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”  What we see here on this earth is beautiful without a doubt.  What we see here on this earth is creative, and thrilling, and absolutely awesome.  BUT, there is something better to come.

So, enjoy the beauty of this earth but yearn earnestly for the new heaven and the new earth.  Because, we ain’t seen nothing yet!



Posted from Monticello, Mississippi on March 1, 2016

And We’re Off!!


We left on he morning of February 26, 2016.

24 Hours and Holding


Originally posted on February 25, 2016

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