Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Take my heart, Lord, take and seal it
Seal it for the courts above

– “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” Robert Robinson, 1758.

I’ve felt a propensity toward wandering throughout my life:  a call to be on the move through our Methodist itinerant system; many years spent with a backpacking ministry called Wilderness Trail; and a soul that wanders through doubts and struggles.

These blogs are mostly the written versions of my Sunday sermons – my weekly efforts to allow the Word to work on me and share what I experience with a congregation.  If my wanderings are helpful to you in your wanderings, I’m glad.

Easter 2017My titles include “pastor” (a United Methodist one), “wife” (to a handsome mountain man), and “mom” (to a princess daughter and rough-and-tumble son).  I’m fortunate enough to serve First United Methodist Church in beautiful Sylva, NC.  If you’re local, come join us some Sunday at 9 or 11am.

If you’re not fortunate enough to live in western North Carolina – then I’m glad to be connected to you over distance through Christ.

Much love,



  1. Steve & Carolyn Saunders · · Reply

    Really enjoyed worshipping with you all today! We are here on VAC; leave for home on Tuesday! God bless you & your family & church family!

    1. Glad you joined us! Enjoy your vacation and visit whenever you’re in town. 🙂

  2. Am I in?
    This is my first time.

    1. Ray, you’ve arrived! Glad you found the blog. I will post this week’s sermon shortly after the service ends.

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