Ten years ago on Father's Day 2008 she gave this shadow box to Bro. JD with fishing lures from his grandfather, the newspaper clipping about that grandfather, and a note from her. The note talked about how JD has a motorcycle but isn't a biker, has a black belt but isn't a fighter, writes all the time but isn't a published writer, has tools but isn't a mechanic or carpenter, and has fishing gear but isn't a fisherman. Instead, she said, he is a fisher of men. His pleasing personality is the lure I'm certain. She then recounted Paul's words in 1 Corinthians to illustrate JD through her eyes. 1 Corinthians: 9:20-23 "To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law - though I myself am not under the law - to win those under the law. To those who are without the law, like one without the law - though I am not without God's law but under the law of Christ - to win those without the law. To the weak, I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so that I may share in the blessings."
Raise your hand if you’ve ever watched the movie Speed. Keanu Reeves. All hard stares and clenched jaws. Sandra Bullock. All fast talking and superhuman bus driving. Great movie! In fact, it was one of the first movies I remember watching where I realized that Hollywood loves to throw two people together in an impossible … Continue reading Redeemed
I also remember meeting Wade’s mom, Pam, for the first time. I was so incredibly nervous. My friend, Kim, and I had been discussing in detail how nervous she was to meet her boyfriend’s mom, and it had rubbed off on me. In fact, my good friend, Chasity, did not attend my school. In order to “pass notes” back and forth to each other - this was before texting….yes, I’m realizing I’m THAT old - we kept shared journals. We would each write about things that had gone on during the week, exchange journals, comment, and write back. It was our own antiquated version of Facebook Messenger 😉 It was in that journal to Chasity I had written about meeting Pam for the first time.
“You’re dating Clifton Tomes’s son?!?!?!” These were the pleasantly surprised words of Ashlee’s Nana Cleo when she discovered who exactly Ashlee had been dating in college. Her Nana Cleo had some of Jonathan’s dad’s CDs, and his dad had also sung at Ashlee’s great uncle’s funeral. Their families already knew of one another. Jeremiah 29:11 … Continue reading Love Never Fails
In Job, when he is giving one of his many replies to one of his “friends,” Job says “Wisdom is found with the elderly and understanding comes with long life” (Job 12:12). This phrase from Job telling us that wisdom comes with age is what often always comes to mind when I think of wisdom. … Continue reading Okay, God, I get the point…
Billy and Teresa Wilcox have been married since December 1, 1972. As we explored before, those years of marriage have seen them grow up together, grow together, change together, face joys together, face challenges together, face decisions together, and so much more. The key word in all of that is that they have done it … Continue reading Like Billy & Teresa Part Two
Teresa ended up in the backseat of a car between Billy and Johnny with Peggy in the front seat all listening to music. In that moment of teenage innocent fun, the tiniest thought entered Teresa’s mind, “Hmmm, he’s pretty cute.”