Deacon’s Column


Deacon’s Column



Prayer is the pause that refreshes busy days

Some of my closest friends live in different time zones, so I am grateful that we can stay connected by email.  I am also grateful that they are low-maintenance.  We keep up with each other according to the ebb and flow of our lives…READ MORE




Is life giving you more than you can handle?

I was inspired by Nate Lashley’s first PGA tour victory even before I heard his backstory.  He was the last player admitted to the recent Rocket Mortgage Classic, yet steamrolled past 70 more accomplished competitors to the championship.  It was an emotional win…READ MORE



buttercup blossoms on a field

Beware of Life’s Beguiling Buttercups

When my husband and I moved into our cottage in March, the yard was a mysterious jungle, trampled down by winter and giving no hint of what lay beneath the thicket of broken brown stalks…READ MORE



The Bible

Words of Life Speak Hope and Healing

In these days of bullying, social media smears and trash talking, it is safe to say that the old adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” has been laid to rest. And rightly so…READ MORE



Green energy concept - high voltage power lines with a windmill farm background

Celebrate the Power that Never Goes Out

Our dachshund Ziva is small but courageous.  With ten pounds of doxie moxie, she gladly greets much bigger dogs, noisy vacuum cleaners, and invading delivery trucks.  But there is one thing to which she yields…READ MORE



Multi-generation family enjoying together in park

Faith-filled Adventures Await at any Age

My last column ran on the brink of our long-awaited yet suddenly-precipitated move from Brevard to Sapphire.  That column was about trusting God during life’s transitions, and I can heartily attest that our trust in Him was thoroughly well-placed…READ MORE




Jesus Is “God With Us”, Even in the Winter Doldrums

     It has been my pleasure to write a dozen of these columns since August, and each time inspiration came readily and words flowed freely. But not today…READ MORE




Despair Looks Around, Hope Looks Up

Last time I wrote about following God’s command to “Count it all joy when we face trials of all kinds” (James 1:2) while our questions abound…READ MORE



Rural scenic landscape with crossroad on hill in forest at sunset. Two different directions. Concept of choose the correct way. Right and left path. Junction, fork, split road..

Standing at the Crossroads of Life

When I first visited Cashiers almost 30 years ago, I was charmed by the beauty of the area, the friendliness of the people…READ MORE