Ministry

Life can be smooth sailing until a crisis hits and we find ourselves in a spin, desperately trying to regain control. These moments, however, steeped in challenge and unpredictability, can also be the breeding ground for transformational growth. In this blog post, we explore how to reframe crisis into opportunities for creative possibilities through faith and trust in God's plan. Catapulting through Crisis: A Personal Story My world turned upside down the day my husband Rich announced his diagnosis of terminal bone marrow cancer. In an instant, the bubble of our perceived security burst, and we were plunged into the depths of...

Dr. Robyn Wilkerson As I sit within the stark, yet strangely comforting walls of the ICU hospital isolation unit at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center Stem Cell Transplant hospital, the concept of waiti​ng takes on a new dimension. It's a forced pause, a liminal space filled with anxiety, hope, and profound introspection. For two weeks, my husband, Richard, and I have made his hospital room our temporary abode as he undergoes chemotherapy and a Stem Cell Transplant for bone marrow cancer. Waiting has become our constant companion. Waiting for treatment to begin. Waiting for his body's reaction to the potent...

I love November and especially Thanksgiving. One of the reasons I love this time of year is the reminder it gives all of us to slow down, remember our blessings, and thank God for everything He’s given us. Did you know Thanksgiving started as a celebration of a good harvest and provision? Those who first came from Europe to the United States would have starved during the long, cold winters without a good harvest. Additional provision came from their growing relationship with the Native Americans, who provided furs, additional food, and the knowledge the settlers needed to survive the winters. God provides...

Life has changed suddenly for all of the mothers I know. They went from kids in school or going on playdates to being with them, in their house, 24/7. These amazing women are trying to work from home and care for their babies. They are making meals, doing laundry, keeping kids entertained, and still leading their teams at work and managing the household. Mothering is Hard At six months old, our son Graham was stricken with spinal meningitis. I had rushed him to the hospital at the urging of my mother, who refused to believe he only had the ear infection his...

I can’t think of a single time in history when someone accomplished something great by themselves. That’s because no one operates in a vacuum. Our support systems and those we partner with contribute to our success. They help us build the foundation we need to succeed! DOWN TIME is PREP TIME We all hit rough patches. Have you ever experienced one of these situations? The company downsized and your job was one of those they cut. The loss of a loved one sent you in an emotional tailspin. You made a mistake that led to the failure of whatever project you were working...

To the incredible women in my world: YOU are Amazing! I have been thinking a lot about the role of women lately. I look around me at the amazing women in my life, and I am in awe. They are businesswomen, mothers, wives, sisters, preachers, counselors, nurses, doctors, philanthropists, prayer warriors, bankers, administrative professionals, artists, and so much more. And every woman I know functions in multiple roles in her life – all at the same time! That takes an incredible amount of energy and passion, and it can wear us down. Especially when we sometimes have to work against established ideas about our...

The first half of my Mother's Day post dealt with Marching over Painful Memories. Part two focuses on two more lessons motherhood has taught me. The first is: M.inimize O.bstacles every M.oment It is always too soon to quit! “Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.” 2 Tim 2:13 Big shots are only ‘little shots’ that kept on shooting! Keep going. Rich and I have been married over 40 years. 40 YEARS! People have asked me, how have...

The heavy wooden beam of the cross hung across His lacerated shoulders as the procession of the condemned Christ and his executioners began its slow journey from the Roman jail to his crucifixion site. With enormous blood loss and in shock, Jesus stumbled and fell. When they arrived at Golgotha, the beam was placed on the ground and Jesus was thrown backward with His entire body pressed against the wooden stake. The soldiers stretched his arms against the cross beam. The Roman soldier then grabbed his arm, and dug into Jesus wrist to locate the depression at the top of his hand. Once...