Sandy's Blog


A Divine Encounter

Everyone agrees he was the nicest man. He was kind and gentle and humble. He never raised his voice toward his children or anyone else. His family moved from the dust bowl in Oklahoma to Colorado when he was a child.

Everyone has Worth

fair-trade artisans and missions

Last week I went on a personal missions trip to Peru to see a well being installed funded in part by a Pure Water, Pure Love grant. The drill had success at the 80-foot mark.

Sending Hope

There were windows all across the front of our building. I could watch as their car approached. When it was parked, Wendy would retrieve the wheelchair from the trunk and place it as close to the passenger door as possible. After opening the door, she would position the chair and set the brakes.

Gaining Altitude

According to an insect identification database, 647 types of bugs and insects are found in Alabama. Some downright scare me. I looked at images of each until I located the entry most resembling the flying insect I watched from a chair on my back deck.

See You on the Other Side

Every discussion with her leaves me wanting more. My friend Sylvia has the ability to plant a seed and make me think in new and different ways. I often look at the end of an email first. That’s just where my eyes naturally glance.

Her Lottie Story

As we sat at her kitchen table eating a warm dessert topped with ice cream, Pat told me her Lottie story. Many years ago, her family moved across the country for her husband’s job. They were leaving their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and heading to San Francisco.

Practicing Gratitude

Years ago I was blessed to go with a team of women to provide a retreat for our Bulgarian Baptist sisters. We were in the northern part of the country. During a break, we walked the cobbled roads of Veliko Tarnovo, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.

The Great Commission

According to Barna research, 51 percent of churchgoers have never heard the term “the Great Commission.” Six percent are not sure if they have heard of it.

A Rare Diamond

Inez and Noel Taylor

For ten dollars, you can spend the day sifting through 37 acres of plowed field in Arkansas searching for gems at the eighth-largest diamond producing volcanic crater in the world. Any diamonds you find are yours to keep. I spent the day there without much success.

Board the Bus

As a child and youth, I rode a bus for nearly 5,000 hours, not counting field trips, ball games, and band trips. I’ve been on countless bus trips for church activities including riding from Illinois to Virginia for the centennial celebration for WMU in 1988.

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