Hopes & Dreams

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Welcome to Hopes & Dreams

What could be more exciting than watching new life emerge from the earth . . . blossom . . . and bring forth something incredibly beautiful? And just think—it all starts with a tiny seed. Are you planting a seed of hope? Sharing the love of Jesus and helping others fulfill their dreams . . ...

Fruit For Thought

My beloved sister Amy makes a delicious fruit salad. New Year’s Day was no exception. As I was riffling through the bowl of plump, juicy fruit tossing aside the maraschino cherries in search of the favored strawberry and mandarin orange, a thought occurred to ...

A Juror’s Prayer

Dread filled every part of my being as I opened the last piece of mail. Bold letters on the envelope proclaimed “Jury Summons.” Oh no. Why me? I immediately searched for a valid reason to avoid my civic duty. Nothing. Kicking off my shoes, I melted into the couch, succumbing to the knowledge I would have to go. ...

A Fire to Inspire

Tucked away in the piney woods of East Texas is the tranquil city of Hallsville. It is there I hang my hat and dust off my boots—at least for the moment. It’s a huge change from the big city living of Dallas/Fort Worth where I have spent most my life. Morning walks through the town’s cemetery have become my daily routine. It’s a peaceful place to get in a little exercise and prayer time without bothering a soul. One thing in particular has continued to catch my eye as I make my way around the grounds: the headstone of ...