Life is Like a Box of Cracker Jacks

Remember ripping into a box of Cracker Jacks searching for the prized toy hidden inside?  The caramel coated popcorn and peanuts were delicious, but as a kid the anticipation of finding my very own toy was by far the best part of my Cracker Jack experience.  I’d play with it 5 maybe 10 minutes then…

A COVID Thanksgiving

I grew up on a dead-end dirt road, running barefoot, with pig-tails, and a cap-gun strapped to each hip.  My imaginary world was wonderful, and I lived in it as much as possible, but by the end of the day it would dissipate and the reality of poverty and fear would take over.  My mom,…

God is My Refuge

Friends, my emotions have been tossed to and fro like leaf in the wind. The political scene in America has taken the peace that God promises I can have if I but put my trust in Him. But these questions ring heavy in my mind, “…but God, how can I trust when this man has…

Chapter 6 Introductions (Part 2)

After the introductions, Rose begged for pardon as she needed to circulate the room.  She winked at Amy and assured her she was leaving her in “good hands” with Sky.  At the mention of hands, Amy realized Sky was still holding her hands so she quickly pulled them away and unconsciously wiped them across the…

Chapter 6: Introductions

(Recap:  Amy is at the mercy of a psychopath.  She has been kidnapped and is isolated in an old cabin hidden away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Her wife Sky and dog Rudy are lost in a snowy forest, fighting the elements searching for Amy.  Chapter 6 opens one year before the capture and depicts…

Day of Reckoning Chapter 5: Born Again

Let the day perish wherein I was born… let that day be darkness… let darkness and the shadow of death stain it… Why died I not from the womb… Why did I not give up the ghost when  I came out of the belly. Job 3:3-11 Amy’s body ached with the pain born from the…

Day of Reckoning: Chapter 4

(Recap:  Amy has been kidnapped by a psychopath.  Rudy, her golden retriever, has been shot trying to protect her.  As he bleeds, he continues his search for her…albeit slow.  Sky, Amy’s wife is also searching for her while battling the dangers of a cold and desolate forest.) Rudy   Rudy had tried his best to…

Because He Lives

So very long ago, Jesus’ disciples had self-quarantined themselves because of fear. Three days prior Jesus had suffered a torturous, violent death, and they, being followers of Jesus, feared the same mis-fortune for themselves.  So, there they were. shut away from the rest of the world, not knowing what would happen next. Sound familiar? Here…

Day of Reckoning: Chapter 3

Chapter 3 Help Is on The Way  “Shit!” Once again Sky cursed, as her car fish-tailed over the ice-covered roads.  She righted her old Sentra, and eased off the gas a little, realizing she would be of no help to Amy if stranded in a ditch. It had been three hours since she last spoke…

Day of Reckoning: Chapter 2

(Read:   Prologue 1&2; Chapter 1 ) Chapter 2 Evil Intent He pictured Amy hanging in the root cellar.  He knew she had to be in excruciating pain. He knew because he had once hung in similar fashion by the hands of his father.  He remembered begging his father to help him, but his father had…