Cleaning, Cleaning

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Prov 24:3 I listened at the bedroom door. “Cleaning, cleaning. Cleaning on the Everlasting Arms.” I chuckled when I heard my daughter’s version of the old hymn. Lord, you have blessed me with two sweethearts. I returned to the kitchen. Later seven-year-old Kathy … [Read more…]

Are All News Stories Well Received?

“I couldn’t wait for success… so I went ahead without it.” — Jonathan Winters I learned a hard lesson while writing for the newspaper. Words can be twisted, misquoted, misunderstood and not everyone appreciates having their name in the paper. After a long phone interview, I wrote about a rural church—never having seen the location … [Read more…]

Share the Journey

“When you confront a problem you begin to solve it. ” –Rudy Giuliani “We often pinpoint specific life-altering events that left an indelible imprint on our lives.” Because of PMP, what doctors called a terminal illness—a rare cancer called Psuedomyxoma Peritonei, my life touches hundreds of lives in a day’s time. Yet I forget my … [Read more…]


The enemy of contentment is comparison. Author unknown Who in your life has dared to say something that really helped you? In 1981 the editor of the local newspaper, called my husband, “Pastor Crawford, is it possible for you to write a column for the weekly newspaper.” I don’t remember what husband said, but he … [Read more…]


“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.” –Mark Twain Another lesson learned while writing for a newspaper: Marketing, even simple emails, pays off. For the eighteen months I wrote for the newspaper, I talked with almost every pastor in Cass County, … [Read more…]


For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Phil 2:13 “Mom, the house is clean. Why don’t you take a bath and relax?” My daughters, Kathy Ann (12), and Marcy (10), stood in the doorway the day before my 30th birthday. Their concern put me … [Read more…]