Author Archives: Heart of the Matter

About Heart of the Matter

I am a southern wife and mom who loves reading, music, studying the Bible, and playing a game of tennis now and then. I also enjoy spending time at the beach and have amassed quite a seashell collection. I love all things southern: sweet tea, magnolia trees, comfort food and entertaining. I live in awe of what my Savior has done for me and desire to share spiritual encouragement with others.

Recognizing and Effectively Utilizing a Hidden Asset in the Church

Exhausted nursery workers, smocks spattered with dried formula and spit-up; elderly children’s Sunday school teachers ready to retire but alas, there’s no replacement in sight; overextended pastor’s wives heading up the understaffed women’s ministry committee; frazzled kitchen workers, needing many … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Church Life, Spiritual Encouragement | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How Should Believers Respond When the World Has Turned Upside Down?

Few would argue that our country is in for a wild ride over the next few years. Laws will change. The educational climate will change. Daily living will change. Culture will change. America, itself will change in ways we never … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Covid-19, finding peace, Spiritual Encouragement | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Importance of Quiet Time, Prayer and Bible Reading in the Life of a Believer

Where do you go when you need help, solace, or wisdom? What about when you have overwhelming feelings of despair, loneliness, or anxiety? Many of us had feelings like these as an unprecedented worldwide pandemic inserted itself into our lives … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Encouragement | Leave a comment

When Covid Closes In

I don’t know about you but, this Christmas season was very unusual for us. Up until recently we had not been personally touched by COVID-19. Being responsible citizens, we, of course, had worn our masks in public places, avoided large … Continue reading

Posted in Spiritual Encouragement | Tagged | 1 Comment

Reflections of Covid19: Finding Meaning in the Stillness

  As I sat outside this morning watching the birds in my yard dart from tree to tree, stopping to sip from the gently bubbling, crushed stone birdbath, it occurred to me that I have learned a very valuable lesson … Continue reading

Posted in Covid-19, purpose, Spiritual Encouragement, Thankfulness | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments