Rename It

There are many instances where a character of the Bible is renamed - either by God or by the circumstances they have been through.

Abram became Abraham.
Jacob became Israel.
Simon became Peter.
Saul became Paul.

And that's just a few examples. In fact, the Bible says that we all get a new name when we become believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We become known as children of God, co-heirs with Christ, redeemed, and many other fantastic names.

But why all the renaming?

In counseling, we do something called "reframing." Think about this for a moment: the frame in which you put a treasured family photo can either enhance the picture or it can make it look ordinary. Maybe you put the picture in a frame that has just the slightest hint of blue that brings out the blue in some family member's eyes. Maybe the frame has just the right shade of red that highlights the fall leaves in the background. When you pick the right frame, the picture takes on a whole new look. It has ne…

A September to Remember

A lot has happened in September.

I have led worship three times at three different events. Stewart and I spoke at Louisiana College in front of 275 students, and I got to lead one of them to saving faith in Christ. Our family celebrated 10 years at First Baptist Church Pineville. Stewart and Zach went off for a "man's weekend" at Survivor Man, where they did all kinds of father/son/manly things. The E4 Preaching Conference had its 10th year, and went off without a hitch. Stewart turned 42, and to celebrate, he and I went to Branson for a few days for a pastors and wives retreat. And Evan had a couple of "firsts" - he fed himself for the first time and also went bowling with his schoolmates and loved it!

Football has started back, and all the pumpkin spice in the world is back on the shelves. I am a happy girl.

But dotted in between all of this has been a lot of heartache. I went home to Athens a couple of weeks ago to attend the funeral of one of the saints of …

The Coffee Conspiracy: Part 3

Dear Keurig,

You've been looking at my funny lately. (As if you have eyes. I do realize you are just a machine that produces beloved coffee.) I don't blame you though. Something strange happened several months ago. It wasn't your fault. In fact, it had nothing to do with you. It had to do with the beverage you produce.

Several months ago, I went through some terrible gastrointestinal problems that caused me to make major changes in my diet. (You can read it about it here.) I had excruciating pain when it all first happened, and coffee was one of the things that I could not even think about drinking. As I began to heal, I thought I would be able to come back to my precious morning boost. I was able to reincorporate a lot of the things that had first sickened me back into my routine. But while we were on vacation in South Dakota in June, I tried to drink coffee, and it made me very, very sick. I was so sad. There are so many coffees that I love. We passed so many Starbucks t…

When My Plan is not His Plan

My dear friend who is an elementary school principal made a comment in Sunday school this past week that pretty much sums me up today:

"I have never been this exhausted entering a school year."

Her school had major changes happen over the summer that caused her to not have much of a summer at all, so she is totally justified in feeling that way.

But as she spoke those words, I had much the same feeling. At the end of last school year, our school board had decided to move Evan's special ed program to another school. This was devastating for us. We loved his school. We loved every single person at his school and knew many of them personally. It was convenient for Stewart to drop him off on his way to work. And we adored his teacher. His teacher was being moved to this new school, which was a plus, but the school was pretty far away from our home. With his seizures and medical needs, we just didn't think it was the right decision to send him that far away from us when w…

A Leader in Hiding



When the original temple was built in Solomon's day, it was the golden age of Israel. God provided for the building miraculously, as He had promised David He would. After years and years of work during a time of peace in the nation, the temple was finally finished. When the Holy Place was dedicated, God's glory so filled the temple that the priests could not finish their work. (1 Kings 8). Solomon prayed a powerful prayer of dedication and the Lord's presence stayed in temple for many years.

After Solomon's death, Israel split into two kingdoms. King after king ruled over both areas. And with each king, Israel began to drift away from their God. Even though a few kings followed the Lord, most did not. Eventually, Israel was sent into exile in Babylon, and Jerusalem, God's Holy City, was left in ruins. The temple that Solomon had so lavishly built was nothing but sticks and stones, and the sacred objects inside the temple were carried off as treasure by the Babyloni…

How to Travel with Evan

When a family plans a road trip, everyone is always excited. Except for the mom. Why is that? Because she knows she is going to be left with the packing and washing beforehand. And the buying of the supplies and snacks. And the remembering of what all has to go with said family. With most families, the car ends up being loaded down to the point that the back end is dragging the ground - no matter how much you try to conserve space.

At least, this is the case for our family. Several weeks ago when we started seriously planning for our trip to South Dakota, I started making lists. The first list I made was for Evan. His list wound up being the longest. Why is that? Well, to take a special needs child anywhere takes much planning and forethought. Throwing the stuff in the car and leaving just can't happen. So, I'm giving you a little glimpse into the Holloway Household and what it takes to go on a trip with Evan.

But let me just tell you this much - Evan is an AMAZING traveler! A…