December 10, 2012

Born to Deliver…

“The long hallway gave way to cold, sterile walls as Kathy was ushered into a room that would forever change her life – The Green Room. It held the first of many secrets to come, but she wasn’t about to let anything get in the way of her quest for happiness.

“With steely determination, Kathy’s elusive dream led to a string of boyfriends, unwanted pregnancies, and failed relationships. Little did she know …

November 22, 2012

Of Thanksgivings Past…

Thinking back to a Thanksgiving many years ago while I was still in the pit of my rebellion and sin… I had moved a thousand miles away from home and found myself with nowhere to go for Thanksgiving. After work, I stopped at the grocery to prepare for my lonely little meal. I stood in line with a small ham steak, a can of pineapple, a can of sweet potatoes, and …

May 2, 2012

A Tree, a Rock, and God’s Amazing Grace

It was the second day of April, way past time to transfer our winter clothes into storage; but, that’s what I was doing the day a few terror-charged words rang through our house and rocked my world. “Virginia Grace, what have you done?” I would hear those words echo through my brain for days.

It was Melissa’s voice, our 24-year-old daughter. When I was a child, my Navy-hardened grandfather …

November 24, 2010

A Future and a Hope

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Every time I’ve shared portions of my life story with others, I’ve been told, “You should really write a book.” I guess in some ways it’s true. My life has seen a bit of drama. I was born to a 16-year-old unwed …

September 28, 2010

A Right to Live…

The following article was written by my husband, James McDonald:

Psalm 139:13-16: For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. …

August 24, 2009

Part 2 – His Bottle of Tears

Please read Part 1 HERE

“But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:21-24)

Yes! This is my battle! I know the truth; but, I …

August 22, 2009

Part 1 – His Bottle of Tears

“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” (Psalm 56:8)

He numbers my wanderings—He watches, records, and walks with me. He always has; even though it hasn’t always seemed like it. He even remembers the things He’s allowed me to forget. He has seen it all. So many times I thought I suffered alone; feeling like nobody cared—nobody understood. But, …

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 love …

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 two ...

February 26, 2007

Seasons of Life

Seasons in life are so fleeting. It is remarkable how much can change in an incredibly short period of time. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to relish each moment, to utilize each opportunity to glorify Him, and to be content through each season in which He brings us.

I’ve been asked to start a blog on several occasions, but resisted this request for …