Krista Lynn Campbell

masterpiece

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. ~ Camille Pissarro, Impressionist Painter Paint purchased, furniture moved, nails removed, and holes patched. Work required before paint cans are opened, brushes dipped, and stains covered. Messiness precedes magnificence. Beastly before beauty.  God paints the filthy rooms of my heart. … masterpiece Read…

debt

I approached the librarian to collect my copies. My bill totaled $1.00. As I handed her a twenty-dollar bill, she pointed to a handwritten sign. We do not accept $20 bills. Embarrassment settled around me. I questioned my fellow library patrons. Do you have change for a twenty? With no help available, the librarian gave me permission to leave … debt Read…

21 seconds

He spoke for 21 seconds and I hung on every word. I replayed the video clip again. His dark eyes locked with mine; his voice just above a whisper. My favorite part came at the end with a wave. I loved this young man even though I understood not a single word he said. Captivated … 21 seconds…

mighty momma

Nameless. Some sources offered Zlelponith or Hazelelponi as possibilities for the woman of Judges 13. I nicknamed her Zel. One might miss Zel on the way to ‘the rest of the story’. But Zel of Judges 13 deserved my pause. Few facts are offered about her. She married Manoah and was barren. Missing details of Zel’s emotions and … mighty momma…

I wanna be fat

I wanna be fat. Not fat from too many McDonald’s french fries or too little exercise. Not because I’ve failed (again) at my latest diet attempt. I wanna be fat like the late Billy Graham. At Reverend Graham’s funeral, Ned Graham described his father as FAT. Faithful. Available.Teachable.   Faithful.Thirty-five years ago, I spoke vows before God, family, and friends … I wanna…

parking lot praises

Lies and betrayal replaced bedtime prayers as my precious ballerina daughter transformed into a rebellious stranger. Throughout high school she tested home rules, but college life offered additional freedoms too hard to resist. Following graduation, she moved in with her boyfriend and walked the path of a prodigal. As she turned away from me and … parking lot…