May 12th, 2022 by Sara Buffington
Have you ever sat in a restaurant booth? It’s like being in a little pod. You are so close to the people in the booths beside you, but they feel a mile away. You feel enclosed; you have privacy.
Not so if there is a young child in the booth next to you. Kids don’t respect the privacy of the booth. They stand or kneel on the booth seat and peer over the top to see what their neighbors are doing.
They outright stare.
You are eating your shrimp tacos and chatting with the people in your party, and the neighboring child is watching every move you make. They don’t smile when you smile. They don’t wave when you wave.
They watch you.
April 7th, 2022 by Erica Stephenson
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 10:28
It was the summer of 2020 when these words from Jesus penetrated my heart differently than they had before. Was it really true that Jesus was saying that I just needed to be weary and to be carrying heavy burdens to receive this rest?
I was about to put this new question to the test.
March 29th, 2022 by Nancy Lambert
What would you grab if your house was on fire?
Many people asked me that question after my house burned down on Christmas of 1989.
“What did you grab?” people inquired as they painfully thought of all the things they would grab on the way out of the house.
These were things they couldn’t live without.
Before I answer that question, let me take a minute to give you background on this story.
March 21st, 2022 by Barb Buffington
Have you ever looked down at your gas gauge and thought, Uh oh! The orange light is on and looks like the tank is on Empty!
Moving along on fumes to get the gas station usually works, but there was one time (that I will admit) when Carl and I did indeed run out of gas and had to walk home.
Granted, it was just about a mile walk, but when you’re wearing heels and it’s a hot Florida summer night, that can be a long walk! An empty gas tank is an easy “empty” to fix – go get the gas can, fill the tank, and you are back in business.
Personal emptiness is so much more difficult than an empty gas tank.
March 18th, 2022 by Abigail Buffington
Several weeks ago, I attended the funeral of my boyfriend’s grandfather, a dearly beloved old man. On the back of the bulletin, his wife chose to inscribe one of their favorite quotes, which she thought fitting:
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world could ever satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” - C.S. Lewis
When I noticed the quote, I stared at it for a whole minute in surprise. For several years, since I first read it, this has been one of my favorite lines, and it echoes in my head quite often. This spring, more often than usual.
March 18th, 2022 by Erica Stephenson
This weekend a part of our church family heads out on a retreat weekend - our middle and high school students! We will be exploring the depths of Scripture together - from how the Bible was put together and the lenses that we bring to how we read the Bible, to looking at the big story of God that Scripture tells and where we find ourselves in it.
We need your specific prayers!
February 10th, 2022 by Marci Strickland
Home is where the heart is.
Home away from home.
All Roads lead to home...or is that Rome?
These colloquialisms go on and on. At this stage in my life I often feel like this:
Home is where the noise is.
However, my home hasn’t always been that way.