Saturday, September 17, 2016


This week was super hard! Our very own hero Tim Brackeen was shot and killed in the line of duty. 
Two churches or more joined together Wednesday night to have a beautiful, worshipful Memorial service, Thursday night the community poured in along with a sea of law enforcement to the visitation, his faithfulness was proclaimed nation wide.

Yesterday......about 8000 people gathered in the stadium, and multitudes watched on all the major news outlets as a funeral worthy of a president was held. His brother preached a Gospel message and gave the invitation.
Officers from as far away as Chicago and New York came to pay their respects in person, the Governor of North Carolina came and had part in the funeral. I'll never forget as the family walked off the field, the governor with no pomp or politicking or looking for media attention, slipped alongside Tim's brother and gave him a comforting hug. 

Timothy Brackeen was faithful! Can you image the celestial reception he received in Heaven?
I can't wait for tomorrow as we worship together and unite to let God heal us....may I be found faithful in God's eyes!

A snippet from one of the many news channels that covered the funeral. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Be still

My last day of work, one of my clients repeatedly told me how God told her to be still and let Him work.  That stuck with me the last week, as I wait on the Lord to direct my path. 
Today, time stood still when we got the news that one of our faithful church members who is a police officer died today from being shot in the line of duty. 
My last memory of him was his praying with his little girl at the altar just a week ago. I am so glad to have that memory...
My day has been frozen for a bit as I stop to grieve, pray, and draw comfort from God's Word.
Pray for the Brackeen family, our law enforcement, and our community. 

As our church gathered in prayer yesterday as our friend, brother, and protector hung onto life, a precious young girl next to me sobbed and begged God to let her take his place so that he could live.
My spirit was smote within me at yet another example of true love and self sacrifice.
Would you lay down your life for another?!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Answered Prayer?!

Reflecting back over last week, it seems like a wild ride on the roller coaster of faith.
I abruptly resigned my job that I had almost 2 years, due to personal safety concerns. I cried a lot, prayed with almost every breath, and even tried to go job hunting. 
This week, Ted took me with him on his business trip. I had been wanting to go with him for a very long time. Just didn't expect this way of God answering that prayer. I had been yearning for a break from work.......again, not anticipating resigning my job to make it happen.
I really don't like roller coasters, the twists and turns and loops don't bother me, it's the huge free falling, rip my stomach out through my toes, sensation I absolutely can't stand. Right now, on this roller coaster of faith, I'm hoping to hang on to my harness, trust like never before and see what lays beyond the next hilly curve.

James was honorably discharged a bit early from the army. He is living in Missouri and desperately needs a job.
Justin is super busy with college and work, then he got super serious about his new girlfriend and they wanted to jump into wedding plans. Ted had to sit him down and look at the cold hard facts. So as of right now, they have slowed down the mad rush. 

Choosing to be thankful and trusting God...