Without Me He Won’t


Sometimes I throw up word pictures on my Instagram, which is synced to my Twitter, which is tied to my Facebook (and am I the only one thinking about the hip bone connected to the thigh bone?). These takeaway thoughts are always pulled straight from what's going on in my own life. Meaning, I'm "preaching" to myself first, and then to anyone listening out there in social media land. Today, I thought I'd flesh out something I posted Tuesday night. Here are those words and the picture that accompanied them: I have endless reasons to praise Jesus but on the top of my list right now is how He rescues me from painful circular thinking.Be it a perceived offense, a disappointment, or a worry, if I resist the urge to nurture it and ask Him for help, He is faithful to give me grace to quit … [Read more...]

The Disembodied Hand – A Halloween Story


So you like a spooky story, do you? Well, I’ve got just what the creepy doctor ordered. We’ll be reading straight from the fifth chapter of Daniel. Of course, I’m just dying to add some commentary here and there, but I’ll put my thoughts in italics to make double dog sure there’s no misunderstanding. Once upon a time in a land for away a royal named King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them.  This is like bringing out the fine china to impress your guests— only you stole the dishes from the … [Read more...]

Trouble in Texas? I report, You Decide


Perhaps you've seen images of Coach Les Miles "holding" his frenzied caged Tigers in the tunnel before a big game. It looks like this.  He waits as long as possible before he "releases" them on the opposition. What you may not know is that there is another coach in Houston, TX who is tasked with restraining a similar group of frenzied athletes. While they are playing a different sport, you can clearly see from the following picture that it takes a supreme effort from Coach Maher to keep his ferocious ball players restrained until the time comes for them to take the field. In the interest of full disclosure, I will confirm rumors that the coach in question is indeed our son-in-law. That said, an image has been captured that manages to convey the level of aggression displayed by … [Read more...]

Canned Meat, Radio, Travel Plans, and Rotten Eggs– this post has it all.


Hey y'all! This is a just a stream of consciousness/touching base/housekeeping type of post since I haven't been to the blog in weeks. Mind you, I'm still hosting ATS LIVE each Monday evening on Talk540 and producing new website and radio segments for my affiliates week in and week out, so I do hope all of you fine blog readers have found those All Things Southern efforts.  I'd hate to think I'm spitting in the wind here. Speaking of radio, there are a few new podcasts up for your listening pleasure.  I don't always get those up promptly, but it doesn't seem like the world stops turning during the delay and I haven't noticed masses of fans begging for quick links, so there's that. That's okay, though. I'm not complaining. I realize it's hard to find the time to listen to a whole hour of … [Read more...]

Oughta Be Shamed to the Knees


We have a saying in the South, “He oughta be shamed to his knees.” The observation is made of someone who has made choices that seem to have embarrassed everyone but the one making them. Generally, there’s a widely agreed upon and unspoken progression of thought tacked on the end: He oughta be shamed to be his knees— but he’s not. I thought about that saying earlier when the Beloved Hubby and I were watching the news. The unseemly personal actions of a certain politician were up for discussion when one talking head made the following point. This won’t be a word for word quote, but it’s close: “It used to be that when someone fell from grace, so to speak, they would fade from the public square and repair their lives—or not—out of sight. Today we have an admission and or an apology, an … [Read more...]