September 2, 2015

A Christian Response to the Ashley Madison Scandal

Broken marriage

I haven’t written on my blog in a long time. To be frank, I just got tired of dealing with the antagonists. But I felt compelled to write today. Marriage is so precious. It’s not supposed to be something you’re stuck in; it’s something you’re supposed to be thankful for—something you get to enjoy!

So there were two reasons I felt compelled to write. The first had to do with my absolute …

December 1, 2013

Grace Widows: Hope and Healing for the Forsaken (Part 1)


“The Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant.” (Malachi 2:14)

As she rolled away from the invading sunlight that announced morning, Shelly closed her eyes in protest. Out of habit, her hand stroked the spot where her husband, Carl, used to sleep. The sheets felt empty and cold. When …

July 1, 2011

Grace Widows: Binding the Broken (Part 4)

“You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate…” (Isaiah 62:4-5)

This will complete the series, Grace Widows. If you have not yet read Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3 of this series, I encourage you to begin there.

Whether or not divorce will ever touch your life personally, it is crucial that Christians study and understand what the Scriptures say …

June 30, 2011

Grace Widows: The Attack on Godly Seed (Part 3)

Continued from Part 2, Grace Widows: A Scarlet Letter

“My people are bent on backsliding from Me. Though they call to the Most High, none at all exalt Him.” (Hosea 11:7)

This verse should get our attention. Those of us who call on the name of the Lord, are we faithful? Do we truly exalt him in word and deed? In the second chapter of Malachi, the Israelites weep and groan …

June 29, 2011

Grace Widows: A Scarlet Letter (Part 2)

Continued from Grace Widows: Hope and Healing for the Forsaken – (Part 1)

This is a doctrine that is putting men and women into life-long bondage, sentencing children to single-parent families, and destroying the opportunity for future Covenant children! We need to pay attention and address this issue biblically!

Sadly, many times, the victim of adultery and abandonment is left alone feeling fearful and confused. For a woman, her fears may …

May 8, 2009

John MacArthur’s New Book: The Divorce Dilemma

The Divorce Dilemma: God’s Last Word on Lasting Commitment

A new book by John MacArthur

Ever since publishing our family’s testimony, Beauty for Ashes, I have received numerous emails from women who are relieved to know there is hope for them (Jeremiah 29:11) – that although they may have been forsaken by the husband of their youth, God will …

March 18, 2009

Becoming a Family: A New Chapter

Part II

God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity… (Psalm 68:6)

[If you haven’t yet read part one, Beauty for Ashes: A Testimony, please do so before reading part two.]

James and I were married in July of 1995, after a whirlwind courtship of less than two months. Jessica instantly fell in …

March 17, 2009

Beauty for Ashes: A Testimony

Part I

“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. “ (Isaiah 61:3)

[Because of the length of this testimony, I have broken it into …