Has it ever happened to you? You’re sure you understand each other. But you’re really clueless.

“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” (John 16:20 NIV).

In law enforcement, we witness relationships at varying points along the emotional spectrum. Unfortunately, a greater number of our job-related encounters involve the worst times in the dissolving of a couples courtship or marital unions. Many times the children are the ones who are the wors…

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a state police officer saw a car puttering along at 22 miles per hour. He thought to himself, “That driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!” So, he turned on his lights and pulled the driver over.

Imagine growing up in a midwestern farming community where corn fields covered as far as the eye could see. No internet. No shopping mall. No real store to speak of for miles. Yet, never being bored. I survived this life. Matter of fact, I miss it. God created too much for us to ever really …

I love the songs, the aromas, the sights of Christmas. Somehow even the simplest thing can rekindle a memory I thought long forgotten.

TALLAHASSEE — Kiyana Bell, of Avon Park, graduated from the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at Florida A&M University during the Dec. 13 and 14 commencement exercises. Bell was among more than 600 students who received degrees.

Stacked carefully are several favorite books that my husband Ken bought for me. I’ve read and re-read them over the years.

Women from Primera Iglesia Hispana Assemblies of God and Iglesia De Dios joined together in October for “Women of Faith United,” their first joint Coffee Party. Activities Director Daisy Dominguez, who put this event together, said, ‘It is time that our churches and communities come together…

The grief process, for adults as well as children and teens, is like sailing across a stormy sea. When we first experience a great loss, we are launched into a tempest of emotions. We feel surrounded by darkness and heavy waves of anguish. Comforting words are drowned out by howling winds of…

The true story is told of a pair of Michigan robbers who entered a record shop nervously waving guns in the air. The first one shouted, “Nobody move!” When his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.

As we put Thanksgiving celebrations to rest (but hopefully not daily gratitude), we step into another celebratory season.

It is said that if you look for the negative, you will find it. The opposite is true as well. If you look for the positive, you will find it.

An old, country doctor once went way out in the boondocks to deliver a baby. It was so far away from everyone and everything that the house did not even have electricity.

Don’t let the title confuse you, I am not suggesting you attempt to purchase the road you live on. Rather, I am referring to the path of life you have traveled on that brings you to your current station. Some of us have traveled a long and bumpy road filled with potholes of past mistakes. De…

A long time ago, my mother-in-law wrote a tribute to her dad that ended with these words. “And when I said my last goodbye to the dearest and the best, somehow I knew that God was near and would take care of all the rest.”

The music played while we visited in our motel room. I swept little 2-year-old Walter up into my arms and danced with him.

A very successful businessman parked his new sports car, a Ferrari, in front of his office in order to show it off to his colleagues. As he was getting out of the vehicle, a truck came along too closely and completely tore off the car’s open door. The businessman immediately grabbed his cell…

Our first house was on three-quarters of an acre. It sloped into a nice size backyard that bordered on a small forest of its own. Along the front of the property was a brook that meandered over rocks and created its own music.

There are a number of quotes in regards to first impressions, such as: “You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.” There are many versions of this quote, all signifying we are quick to judge others upon first contact. How often are we wrong? I would dare to wager quite often.

I read recently that “your temper is one of your most valuable possessions, so don’t lose it.” There is a lot of truth to that statement. We discussed last time how anger is not always sinful. If it were, then God sinned in Exodus 4:14 when He became angry. It would also mean Jesus sinned in…

Loss of one’s marriage partner may be the hardest life change anyone can ever experience. Though I have not experienced such tremendous grief as this (thank you, God), in the past 10 years I have encountered and experienced firsthand the devastating affect of losing a spouse. The most profou…

We always did our own painting when living in our ranch home in Florida. Whether outside or in, it was reachable and doable.

After putting her children to bed, a mother changed from her work clothes into a more comfortable outfit and proceeded to wash her hair. Like children often do, they did not go to sleep as they had been instructed. As the mother heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her pati…

The nature museum at Grandfather Mountain (North Carolina) was filled with families on this sunny day. The statue of Mildred the Bear and her cubs magnetically drew children to her, hugging and climbing around her.

“Separation of Church and State,” this is by far one of the most misinterpreted phrases associated with “The Establishment Clause.” Some believe it to be drafted in the First Amendment of the Constitution and that there is to be a clear divide. However, the phrase “Separation of Church and S…

The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he surveyed carefully the horizon for help, but nothing and no one seemed to ever come. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood…

As a single mom many years ago, it was important to me to give my young son all the positive input I possibly could. There was enough negative that he had to deal with from day to day.

They came streaming into the Nature Museum where I volunteer. One camp group after another. At first, it seemed overwhelming. How could I relate to all of these children and make them feel welcomed … along with their leaders?

As kids, all we can think about is what we will do as adults. We reach the young adult years and all we can think about is the next chapter: college, career, family, and so on. We get so focused on the tomorrows, we forget to live in the very moment we exist. In doing so, we miss out on a li…

This life is full of loss and full of grief. Though there are times we experience great swells of joy, we also experience deep depths of sorrow. No sorrow is deeper than the sorrow of loss. At such times it is important to consider how Christians grieve. Christ has Lordship over all of life,…

Proving, once again, that fact is stranger by far than fiction, a grandmother recently asked me what she should do about her daughter-in-law who, despite her husband’s increasingly meek objections, is determined to do everything possible to turn the first grandchild, a 3-year-old girl, into …

SEBRING — The Heartland American-Israeli Initiative (HAII) will hold its next meeting at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Chicane’s Restaurant, 3101 Golfview Road. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Pastor Umar Mulinde of Gospel Life Church International.