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As you can see, my site has been pared down quite a bit. I’m no longer blogging and removed nearly all of my posts. I enjoyed blogging, contributed to some excellent sites, and met a lot of wonderful friends in the blogosphere. I’m grateful for those blessings but I lost interest when personal websites turned into vehicles for traditional publishing contracts. Tim Challies recently shared his insights on that subject, so I may start writing here again but only when I feel like I have something helpful to say.
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Discipleship and teaching continues to be my passion. I listen to hours of sermons and polemic discussions, and I’m deeply concerned about what is being consumed in the Church. Sadly there is no shortage of crazy teaching, so if you find yourself rolling through the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia, let’s have coffee and chat about it.
Radiant Roanoke continues to grow and 2018 was our fourth women’s conference.This is an interdenominational conference that draws women from churches all across the region. We are on a sabbatical this year but are excited to return in 2020.
Since I’m not blogging anymore I’ll share a little of what’s happening in the family right now.
In 2017 we left the cozy subdivision we called home for 29 years. The Man and I had some heart-to-heart discussions about what retirement might look like for us, and then started looking for a house that would accommodate that lifestyle. We figured it would take 5+ years to find what we were looking for, which would put us a little closer to “retiring,” but then we found the house a month later.
It needed a good bit of work, and still does, but this house met nearly all of our needs so we knew it was time to move. In the middle of the renovations our son became engaged and they decided to have a smallish wedding at the new/old/renovating house.
YES, a move and a renovation and a wedding WAS a lot to manage at one time, especially considering that I had 2 bathrooms and 1 bedroom that didn’t get finished until the Tuesday before the wedding! But everything went off without a hitch, despite a solid week of rain and a collision with a deer 2 days before the wedding.
Renovations are ongoing, and to be honest they will probably continue off and on for a couple of years. The Lord knows I have control issues and I’ve decided this is His way of working on me.
There are several other changes on the horizon, including our daughter and son-in-love’s move to the other side of the country. Their life in the military is never boring and we’re excited about the amazing opportunities ahead for them. We already have some fun adventures planned, so maybe those will provide some fodder for a couple of blog posts!
Seven random things I might tell you
- I’m an associate hospital chaplain. Nothing gets me out of the dumps quicker than visiting and praying with sick people.
- I love country music, especially high lonesome voices like Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris.
- I’ve been to Israel five times and love it almost as much as I love Virginia.
- My dad is a bi-vocational Baptist minister. He’s also my hero.
- My favorite (non-biblical) person in history: Robert E. Lee
- If I could choose my last supper it would be nachos.
- My favorite chant: LET’S GO … HOKIES!
a favorite blessing:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him
so you may abound with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for stopping by.
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