I am a Christian wife and momma to four children, ages 21 to 5. I'm a writer who loves ministry, painting, and interior design. I reside in Orlando full-time, but escape to my farmhouse on a working farm in the sticks of Georgia whenever I can. Welcome to the Hallelujah House!

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    Is Assisted Suicide Merciful?

                                                                                          The year after my sister passed away from breast cancer, my life aligned alongside a woman named Vanessa diagnosed with brain cancer. Walking with Vanessa seemed surreal at times, like a scratched record repeating the same sad phrase over and over. I often wondered why God placed my life on repeat, witnessing the same victories…the same defeats…the same end. Vanessa, like Tricia, lost her faculties one by one, the ability to see, eat, speak, walk, or swallow. Vanessa passed away on August 20, 2018. She was only 34 years old.             Both women surrendered not only their lives but placed their deaths under God’s authority. I mention these…

  • Harvest,  Health,  Heart

    The Silence of Suicide in the Church

    “My heart is severely pained within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Indeed, I would wander far off, And remain in the wilderness. Selah I would hasten my escape From the windy storm and tempest.” Psalms 55:4-8 (New King James Version)   Sometimes it’s not about wanting to die, it’s about not wanting to live with the pain. As the lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in Chino, California, Andrew Stoecklein began suffering from full-blown…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    Wednesday’s Word

    “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 English Standard Version. Today’s word is reflective of our theme in March. We at The Hallelujah House have decided to devote a month to writing articles regarding hot topics in our current culture. We realize not all readers will agree with our position, but we hope to create an environment that encourages healthy conversation over the issues we present. We do welcome healthy debate or encouragement by way of comments. Some of our topics will include, abortion, assisted suicide, vision boards…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    Who Do You Say That I Am?

    He’s different—always has been. The type of guy who goes against the grain most of the time but can fall victim to peer pressure. My son, Christian, has had to work harder than the pack at everything from football to Algebra. For what he’s lacked in book smarts, he’s made up for in courage and earthy ingenuity. He’d survive in the wilderness, and if need be, step up to lead others out; but instead of Moses, he reminds me of David in the Bible, and a bit of wild-spirited Tristan in the movie Legends of the Fall. He’d want to kill the bear, but out of respect for such a…

  • Harvest,  Heart,  Writing

    We’re Not Created Equal

    I’d always vowed I’d never marry someone who thought I should be subservient. I wanted to be equal with my spouse. I didn’t want to do all the duties traditionally seen as “women’s work” alone. Today, I’m so thankful I have a husband who helps me, encourages me, and supports me. After being married for 10 years, I’ve realized that it’s okay to have “woman” and “men” duties, as long as you’re always offering to help each other out. God tells us to be Christ-like, and I believe it is often hardest to be so with our husbands because we are so comfortable around them. Sometimes, we can get caught…

  • Heart,  Writing

    When Jesus Becomes Less Like Me

    I’m writing this from my hotel room in Tiberias, Israel. My husband, Jay, surprised me for my 50th birthday with a trip to Israel. I’ll admit, I feel bit spoiled albeit grateful, and blessed to be here. The night Jay and I arrived we decided to venture out in the dark and walk around the streets of Tiberias. Foreign food smells filled the cool air, exotic music and street vendors all called out “American’s! I work you a deal.” Further down, we land on the steps of an ancient ruin that looked like an old church of some sort, but I couldn’t read the sign it was written in Hebrew.…

  • Heart,  Writing

    God Doesn’t Need Us

    This morning Bella’s Transitional Kindergarten class delivered the chapel message for the lower school at The First Academy. Dressed in chef hats and aprons, Bella and her class acted out a skit that explained our part in God’s kingdom. The Master Chef—a boy named Kipton—played  the role of God. He asked all the other bakers to join with him in baking a cake. Another student stepped forward, “But you don’t need us to bake the cake, You’re the Creator of the Universe You can do it all by yourself.” “God” explained, “I don’t need you, but I want you to partner with me.” (that was the message—not exact wordage.) They…

  • Heart

    God Answers Prayers in Unexpected Ways

    My Toyota Scion sped pass the “Welcome to Maryland” sign. I’d been driving over twelve hours from my home in Orlando, Florida. Finally, my GPS announced I’d arrived. I pulled into the driveway and stared at the house I’d now call home. I resented the move—this disruption in my life—but I’d lost my job due to an economic crash. I’d spent months praying and sending out resumes to no avail. Until one day I received an offer for a design position. The only problem…the job would require a move to Maryland. My heart sank at the thought of leaving life-long friends, family, and the only town I’d known as home;…

  • Writing

    Fabulous February!

    Welcome to Fabulous February. This month our theme is relationships. Some of our topics this month will cover our relationship with our Heavenly Father, marriage, relationships between women, and a look at the rising problem of pastor depression and suicide. Hope you enjoyed January’s Spiritual Warfare and if you didn’t get to read all of them they are still on the site for your viewing at your convenience by scrolling down to older posts. So, stay warm and we’ll get started on Relationships on Monday with an article titled, “When God Sends You Into the Wilderness.”  We’ll see you then! Welcome Home!Subscribe now to The Hallelujah House to receive tips on…

  • Harvest,  Writing

    Inspiration From J-Lo

    Preparing the Harvest: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 English Standard Version. If there’s one thing for sure it’s this…my mother Priscilla raised strong women. When her daughters were knocked down by rejection, cancers, or sorrows we brushed the dirt off and moved on. Probably because Momma came from a long line of strong Alabama women with Cherokee backbones. Most probably because the women in our family know Who to go to when we feel weak in the knees. While watching the Super Bowl game on Sunday it was evident the commercial’s aim was to point out the strength…