Reflections Archives

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

November 9th 2016 @ 11:20 AM

“You must have balance in all things.” My grandfather, Reverend Donald D. Sjöstrand, has used that phrase since I was a child. Now that I’m grown, I find his advice more important and applicable to my life than ever before. Like many women, I wear many “hats.” I’m a wife, and mother of two; I have a full-time career; and I’m actively involved in church. I work …Read More +

Personal Spiritual Inventory

Personal Spiritual Inventory

November 9th 2016 @ 11:15 AM

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (II Corinthians 13:5). 

The years on the calendar of life fly by with amazing speed. Why, it seems it was just a few years ago when I was graduating from high school and starting on my journey. Seemingly only last year I was a young preacher’s wife with so much ahead …Read More +

Taking Care of the Temple

Taking Care of the Temple

November 9th 2016 @ 11:15 AM

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (I Corinthians 6:19, NKJV).

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? It’s a popular weight loss slogan suggesting weight loss is 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise, placing more emphasis on nutrition. I am not fond of this concept. They are both …Read More +

What God Called Me to Be

What God Called Me to Be

November 1st 2015 @ 8:00 AM

I guess it all began in a government housing project in the small town of Lilbourn, Missouri. One night, Momma and Daddy piled into the back of a pickup truck sent into the projects by the local Pentecostal preacher Ernest Jenning Kerr, father of Sister Mickey Godair. The truck—full of migrant workers, farmhands, and their families—headed for a tent revival. Daddy, the handsome square dance caller, received …Read More +

When Life Shatters

When Life Shatters

September 1st 2015 @ 8:00 AM

It was a normal workday morning. I was in a hurry--running around gathering my things and behind schedule. I flew out the door with my hands full and noticed glass on the driveway. It was safety glass from a car window. Then I saw that one of my side windows was broken. Someone had artfully and skillfully broken out every piece of glass from just one window. I was …Read More +

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