“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My dad recently retired from a long career in the banking world, and has begun a new season as the associate pastor of my parent’s church. 
My dad is the one that taught me, both by word and example, that calling isn’t the same as vocation – although the two can certainly overlap. I watched my dad work hard in his vocation to help people buy homes, and I watched him care for their hearts in the process. 

A long-standing joke in our family is that we can’t go anywhere without running into someone that my dad knows and has probably helped get a loan. Even when I traveled to China the missionaries I worked with greeted me with “Your dad made us a home loan!” But beyond loans, every person we ran into spoke of how my dad had ministered to them. 

“He prayed with me in the office.”

“Your dad listened and gave me such good wisdom.”

“My wife and I were going through a divorce and your dad spoke truth to me. He referred me to a pastor for counseling.” 

“Your dad was so encouraging; he wasn’t afraid to talk about Jesus with us even as we got a home loan.”

“I was a single mom that no bank would take a chance on, but your dad helped me get a house and blessed me by teaching me how God cares for me.”
These statements are his legacy in the banking world. My dad has always ministered, always pastored, always cared for the hearts that walked into his office. He has always listened to the Holy Spirit and followed His leading in conversations, business deals, and his own life. 

He has retired, taking a well-deserved step back from the hard pace of secular vocation. He worked well at his job, all to the glory of God. 

But his calling is irrevocable, and he continues into a new season that has been his heart all along. My dad loves God and he loves people. 

What a legacy of calling. 


How to say “Thank You”

Love. Her.
Ok, everyone HAS to know, that us Wilson siblings have the BEST mom ever.  It’s just truth.  I’m sure your mom is awesome too, but in our minds – no one outranks Denise 🙂  So with Mother’s Day coming tomorrow, it’s just not easy to be away from her!  Sending a present and card in the mail is just not enough.  So the age-old question is, how to say “Thank you” to the world’s best mom? Especially knowing that so much of who I am and where I am today is to my parent’s credit.  How do you say “Thank you”?

Mom Rocks.

For countless meals fixed or fetched, for hairdos perfected before school and messed up before she got us all the way there, for refereeing more sibling battles than one can count,for praying for us day in and day out,  for pretending and being silly, for enduring back to school shopping with two daughters year in and year out, for listening, for taking us on vacations to places we wanted to go, for giving us Pooh Sticks, for Christmas PJ pictures,  for protecting us from harm, for comforting us when kids were mean, for correcting us when we were mean, for listening to kids’ music in the car, for teaching our VBS classes, for volunteering at the school, for making us laugh, for teaching us the value of coupons, for cheering us on from the bleachers even when our Jr. High B-team couldn’t win a game, for enduring our adolescent mood swings, for playing basketball in the driveway, for teaching us about Jesus Christ, and for doing all these things with love and a smile on her face. HOW? How do I thank my mother for raising me? And for doing it without letting on how hard it was?

I don't understand why people think we look alike....

I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to thank her sufficiently.  Hopefully one day I’ll be a mother as well, and then I can at least say “Now I know!” 🙂  But for now, with all the love and gratitude that can be sent across the airwaves between Houston and Canyon, THANK YOU 🙂

Happy Mother's Day!!

Love you, Mom.

Unspeakable Joy

You turn winter into spring
You take every living thing
And You breathe Your breath of life into it over and over again

You make the sunrise, day after day after day
But there’s a morning coming, when old things will all pass away
And everyone will see

You make all things new
You make all things new
Come redeem and come transform
Come renew and come restore
You make all things new
You make all things new
And forever we will watch and worship You

“All Things New”, Words and Music: Steven Curtis Chapman


pursued: to follow close upon; go with; attend to.  to strive to gain; seek to attain

love: to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for; to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in. to need or require; benefit greatly from.

trust: a person on whom one relies; reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, reliability of a person or thing; to believe.

honesty: the quality of being honest; uprightness and fairness. truthfulness, sincerity. without deceit or fraud.

communication: the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing or signs.

faith: belief that is not based on proof

respect: esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability. condition of being honored.

happiness: state of being delighted, pleased, or glad. characterized by or indicative of contentment and joy.

hope: to look forward to with desire; to believe or trust with confidence although the outlook may not warrant it.

new: coming or occurring afresh

20 Answers to 20 Questions

1. Isaiah 41:20.

2. Any form of cheese.

3. Football.  Especially College.

4. God is faithful.

5. No, not yet.  But see Answer #4.

6. Yes, Houston is humid.  And a beginning.

7. Two cats. Jack and Luke.  Yes I like dogs too.

8. Red Nissan Xterra. If God provides the finances that is…

9. China again, France, and Italy.  Some day.

10. Piano first.  Guitar second. Voice third.

11. When I know, I’ll let you know 🙂

12. Reading. Novels to Southern Living to Bible.

13. Taking out the trash. Despise it.

14. Vacuuming. Oddly like it.

15. Being lied to. Can’t stand it.

16. Grey’s Anatomy.  No judging.

17. Golf.  Will learn when someone patient teaches me.

18. Iced Tea.  Unsweetened. With Lemon 🙂

19. On an adventure with Him.  At a pit stop right now getting new tires.

20. Love is waiting.

The Bachelorette

As this blog is very much dedicated to walking the road to Beautiful, it’s just fitting to have a running commentary on what the world views as “beautiful”, “true love”, and “reality”.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t put it past 2 people to fall in love on a tv show any more than eharmony or dating for 4 years.  But watching the world’s view of reality makes me A. laugh and B. scream for a reality check.  So let the reality begin:

1. Guys will do anything to impress. so ridiculous.  so competitive.

2. They’re showing a guy working out, he just found out who the bachelorette is, and he says “I’m gonna win her heart.  She’s gonna fall in love with me”,  as he does push ups.  I don’t think it matters who the girl is, he’s got his game ON.

3. “I’m definitely not afraid of all the other guys….I mean…I’ve killed a bear…”  best. line. ever.

4. Do these guys have laser hair removal? I’ve never seen so many hairless chests….

5. “I know it’s going to be hard, but you have to go through the fire to get to the happy ever after.” Yeah, this looks like pretty tough fire to go through…I’ll bet those new clothes and hot guys fighting over you make it a little easier….

6. How exhausting to have to laugh at all 25 guys’ jokes.  All night.

7. This girl gave up her job, moved out of apt, “got my priorities straight” – “if I find a husband, it’s all worth it”.  I’m afraid she might be disappointed, even if she finds a husband here….there’s one huge priority missing….

8. She mentions giving up her fears and insecurities for this….all the woman out there just gazed longingly at the beautiful woman and 25 datable men on the tv screen and thought “I wish I could get rid of MY fears and insecurities….”  YOU CAN! But Jesus is the way.  No datable man or beautiful hairstyle will fix that common thread we all share in this fallen world.

9. It’s like the battle of the worst pick-up lines EVER. Who will win?

10. Is it a good thing to have said of you, “she’s like the girl next door”?

11. A.W.K.W.A.R.D.

12. Oooooh that guy just spoke Spanish.  Nice one.  Better than any other pick up line.

13. I’ve counted at least 6 pink shirts and 4 pink ties.  Manly men wear pink.  And they want her to know they’re Manly apparently.

14. 3 guys now have climbed on top of the limo.  Men and women truly are different.

15. I like how they all keep saying they’re happy she’s so career-oriented….wait…yup…pretty sure she “gave up that priority”…oops.

16.  How do men stand to be on this show? It’s just not in their nature to have to sit back and watch a girl they’re trying to “date” flirt with another man….

17. Rose Ceremonies have so much tension!

18. Aw. That guy thought she was the one.  And now feels like a failure. I want him to know there’s more out there than a one-time chance encounter!!!

19. Frank or Roberto.  That’s as close as I get to calling it.

20. I’ve never been happier letting God direct my life.

If I can’t hop….

I have been watching the “Life” series that BBC has put out (and Oprah has voiced over for Discovery Channel), and I have to admit that I cry every time I watch it.  Tonight as I watched, a thought occurred to me.  Usually I think, “Wow, God made some amazing creatures”…tonight I went one thought further.  We think we are the only created beings on Earth that have problems that seem to have no answer – financial struggles, marital issues, broken cars, disease, heartache, job losses – the list goes on and on.  We find ourselves in situations and think “Why, God, why?! Where is the way out? I can’t do this.”  Not to trivialize pain and hardship – but something struck me.

The truth of life is that we live in a fallen world.  As my dad would say, “Crap happens”.  And not just to us humans, but to all of creation.  Many of these creatures find themselves in situations that, on animal-world scale, are just as problematic, just as scary, many times life-and-death situations.  Amazingly enough, God created many “ways out” of situations that would never seem possible or logical.  He didn’t make it easy for them, although He could.  Take the Pebble Toad for example.  The little guy does not have the ability to hop like his other toad and frog relatives.  Now, one would think, how will he ever survive? Ever get out of danger? Out of sticky situations? God creates a way.  Even though it would seem this toad has no hope because God “did not give him the ability to hop”, God provides another way.  He didn’t give the toad what was expected, but He doesn’t leave him high and dry either.  In fact, what God does give the toad, is pretty awesome.  I don’t think the Pebble Toad misses the ability to hop.  He’s happy with the plan God provided for his life – it’s different, perfect and brings such glory to our Maker.  So next time you feel there is no way out, remember the Pebble Toad, and look for the way God is providing – it’s guaranteed to be amazing.

“In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33