Shirley Desmond Jackson

June 23 2022

Even Though I’m Trying So Hard, Why Does God Still Seem Angry With Me?

“I don’t understand. Why is God so mad at me? What did I do wrong?” Filled with compassion, I searched for the right words to answer her. For the last several months my friend had suffered through a seemingly never-ending stream of disappointments and hard times. She tried to stay positive and hopeful, but she…

June 12 2022

Setbacks May Be Inevitable, But They Don’t Have To Define Us

“Bijou, no!” I wailed from across the room. Too late. My sweet puppy with the angelic face had already squatted and relieved herself on my newly-washed bath mat. The breeder had trained our puppy to use dog pads, which we thought was a good thing. Until our dog trainer shook her head. “Puppies can’t tell…

June 9 2022

The Lord Says “Don’t Be Afraid” ~ But How Exactly Do We Manage That?

Is it just me, or has this Spring hatched an unusually high population of ticks? Before moving to Southwest Virginia I rarely made contact with these critters. But now I often see them up close and personal. So far, I’ve extracted two ticks from my hair, and one from my back. I’ve found two others…

June 2 2022

Does Making The Most Of Every Opportunity Mean Saying “Yes” To Everything?

Peering at the time on my computer screen, I sighed with frustration. How did it get to be so late? Slowly I stumbled into bed for what I knew would be a short night. For the next two days, I walked in a fog, completely ineffective and unproductive in all I tried to do. No…

May 26 2022

Everyone Has A Story ~ Why You Should Share Yours

Her story gave me goosebumps. After working as a teacher’s assistant for several years, she became disillusioned and frustrated. The administration of the school repeatedly asked her to give false progress reports to the parents of her students. Although she loved working with children, she didn’t want to compromise her integrity. So she applied for…

May 19 2022

When My Heart Breaks, Where Is God And What Is His Plan?

Recently I suffered a loss. As I look around at my circle of friends, I’m not alone. Some losses happened long ago, while others are very recent. And although our losses vary in intensity, they always carry heartache and pain. Because of this, anyone who has lost something, or someone, grieves.  I used to think…

May 12 2022

How Can I Be Frustrated With A Good God?

“Ugg! Why does everything have to be so hard?” With an exasperated sigh, I pounded the steering wheel.  Both of my Map Apps insisted I had reached my destination. But the clump of trees and bushes on the side of the road bore no resemblance to a dog-grooming business. Calling and texting the groomer proved…

May 5 2022

How Can We Face Our Problems Without Losing Heart?

Life is difficult. So reads the opening line of The Road Less Traveled, a book by M. Scott Peck, M.D. According to this author, once we understand and accept this truth, life will no longer be as difficult. Our problems lie, not just in the hardships we face, but in our belief that life should…

April 28 2022

How Did Jesus Feel About Extravagant Gifts?

Today my husband gave me an extravagant gift. He did it in love, because I’ve recently received some sad news. He also did it in preparation for a very hard decision I will soon have to make. He hopes this gift will comfort me when that time comes. I love the gift, even as my…

April 21 2022

When It’s Hard To Extend Ourselves Grace For Our Own Limitations

Sighing, I closed the email as I tried to identify my feelings. Disappointed? Discouraged? Defeated? Definitely deflated.  Just a few days earlier I had completed the first stage of a long and complicated writing project. To move it on to completion, I needed to enlist the help of an expert. At first she didn’t think…