Mary’s Journal Entry 1 AD

A fictional glimpse through a mother’s eyes at the birth of her firstborn. But not any mother and not just any newborn.

Healing Writer

“Mary kept all this things in her heart and thought about them often(Luke 2:20 NLT). 

 Mary’s Diary Entry: 1 AD in the month of Tishrei

Our son was born today- finally! At times, it seemed this day would never arrive.  I replay the events of today in my mind, over and over, recalling the pain of my labor, the anxiety of wondering if we’d ever find a place to have this baby, then smiling at how it all turned out. My emotions were up and down with worry, weary of long travel and riding that donkey for so long, yet excited knowing delievry was imminent. My body told me it would be soon. 

christmas-nativityBut then I held him. My heart swelled with joy beholding his tiny features. I cannot stop looking upon him in awe and wonder. He is so small, so fragile, so perfect! His tiny…

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Divine Exchange

A Christmas message from 2014 boiled down to nine evergreen words.

Healing Writer

God became flesh so that I could become spirit.

My pastor, Tim Franklin, Ph.D. spoke this phrase during a December 2013 sermon. This truth struck me like an arrow. Simple, yet profound.

The mystery of the incarnation boiled down to 9 words. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

As a former Catholic, I am familiar with sermons on the incarnation. Every Christmas. But Pastor Tim’s words brought the ever so familiar incarnation message to life. Simplicity.

Leach Nativity Divine Exchange ChristmasThe Christmas story is not the story of a baby being born. It is the story of a King leaving His throne in heaven, lowering Himself to “take on flesh” and become human, for the sole purpose of dying in that human body He took on. To be born…

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Letting in the Light – Part 3 of Blessed Are the Cracked

Part 3 of this series concludes by showing how God used specific childhood trauma to forge aspects of my professional career. All so that His glorious power can be seen within us, shining through our once cracked places.

Blessed Are the Cracked: Emotional Restoration (Part 2)

This is Part Two of a three-part series on unhealed emotional wounds. This post provides pragmatic steps to emotional restoration using prayer and God's Word. The Purpose of Pain Part one concluded with Father God’s willingness to heal and restore our damaged emotions. Here I discuss some practical steps to begin the emotional healing process … Continue reading Blessed Are the Cracked: Emotional Restoration (Part 2)

Blessed Are the Cracked: Finding Emotional Wellness (Part 1 of 3)

This is part one of a three-part series on Inner Healing through the Presence of God.  My childhood home environment was unhealthy, at times. Frequent yelling, fighting and physical violence, exacerbated by my parents’ divorce when I was seven caused  me emotional wounds. I’m sharing not for sympathy, rather to openly acknowledge the state I … Continue reading Blessed Are the Cracked: Finding Emotional Wellness (Part 1 of 3)

The Artist’s Signature

I'm fascinated by the gold spots on monarch chrysalides. As most readers know, I began raising monarchs this year, releasing about 120 butterflies to date. My sixth batch is in the chrysalis stage now and I hope to release 45 healthy monarchs in the next few days.  I love this stage most because of the … Continue reading The Artist’s Signature

Spiritual Flab? Why Godly Discipline is Paramount in Dangerous Times

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God Collects Our Tears

Does God care about my feelings? - is a question I've wondered about over the years. Maybe you have, too. One thing that unites the human race is emotion. We all have the capacity to feel and express that emotion outwardly, be it through laughter, anger, tears or a myriad of other feelings.  I've gotten into … Continue reading God Collects Our Tears

Hidden Cemetery Plots

God showed up in a surprising way for my extended family in the midst of grievous  circumstances. My 51 year-old nephew Norman Barry, who appeared to be in good health, suffered a heart attack while riding his bicycle in a race on 9/16/17. The Tour de Troit Ride explores some of the city's historic areas, takes … Continue reading Hidden Cemetery Plots

Hurricane Recovery: Why Rush Back to Normal?

Thanks to our connected world, everyone knows the destruction that Hurricane Irma brought to my state of Florida. The images are heartbreaking but we are a resilient people who will recover. My family is blessed. We are safe. We did not evacuate, but shuttered in and hunkered down with all the recommended hurricane supplies. The … Continue reading Hurricane Recovery: Why Rush Back to Normal?