• Shoes of grace

    I wish you could walk in my shoes.

    I’m talking about my Skechers round-toed EZ Flex 2 Sweetpea slip-ons with the softest, most cushiony memory foam footbeds that feel like I’m walking on pillows.

    I have three pairs — black, gray and powder blue. Today I’m wearing the powder blue ones.

    They are the most comfortable shoes I own and quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I may have ever worn before in my entire life.

  • Sanctuary in Israel
  • Grace Notes 5/21/2016: How not to 'flunk' sainthood

    On my last birthday I turned 61.

    I thought by this age I’d get the hang of the whole sainthood thing, at least the Protestant definition of a saint as simply being a follower of Jesus, although that somehow doesn’t seem to be enough. Shouldn’t there be more to it than that? Hitting a benchmark of obedience? Praying without ceasing? Saying no to temptation eight out of 10 times, or at least two out of 10?

    If so, then I’m a poor excuse for a “saint.”

  • 'A chocolate whodunit': Evangelism group stages mystery dinner theater

    Ever since Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney first cried out, “Let’s put on a show!” to save the beleaguered orphanage, other nonprofits have dared to do the same. On Friday, May 6, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) of Citrus-Hernando ventured into the uncharted waters of mystery dinner theater.

  • Grace Notes 5/14/2015: Shining a light on family secrets

    When my oldest daughter was 4 or 5 we were riding with my mom and Alison blurted out, “Grandma, want to know a family secret?”

    I sat in the passenger seat frozen, not sure what my daughter was about to say.

    “It’s like Dad wearing Mom’s underwear,” Alison said.

  • Keeping the faith

    Diane Dobry


    Aristotle said, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference,” and that is ever on the minds of church leaders seeking to involve younger generations in their worship services.

  • Grace Notes 5/7/2016: A beautiful, broken life

    When Michelle Smith talks about God, tears trickle down her cheeks.

    A 13th-generation native Floridian, she’s selling or giving away all of her possessions to move to the Congo in central Africa, one of the most volatile areas on the planet.

  • International ministry has roots in Citrus County

    As members of the Lecanto High School Class of 2007 got on the bus to leave for their post-commencement Project Graduation party, Amethyst (Rodriguez) Roth was getting into her mother’s car, heading for the Orlando airport.

    Her suitcases were packed — she was ready to go, on her way to Zambia, Africa, 7,000 miles away.

  • Home away from home

    Michelle Smith is going home.

    Although she’s a 13th-generation Floridian who grew up in Citrus County, next month she’ll be leaving for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to join her team at Rally International, a Christian organization that “works to transform closed and conflict-ridden regions by building communities that promote reconciliation, education, health and social development.”

  • Parenting workshop at local church this Sunday

    Cornerstone Baptist Church is hosting the free parenting workshop “Parenting the Smartphone Generation” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at the Inverness church.

    National speaker and author Jonathan McKee will be presenting positive steps on raising teenagers in a world where so much is a touch of a finger away on smartphones and computers.