Podcast Going Live!

I have moved from blog to Podcast.  Bridgewrks is still the name on Spotify, Apple Podcast and other platforms.  See the trailer below for info.  Now in spoken voice in place of the written word.  We'll see how this goes. Linda Howelton

Drive-thru Prayers

Fast food is not exactly healthy.   No matter how convenient or inexpensive, food picked up from a window is not nutritious or for that matter satisfying.   A drive-thru is pretty quick but what does fast have to do with getting what you came for, a good meal.   Think about your favorite meal as a child.   Mine was chicken and dumplings which took my mother hours to prepare between rolling dough and boiling chicken.   I’m not saying it was healthy but it sure made me happy.   There was nothing fast about waiting for the dumplings to rise.   When have you ever seen chicken and dumplings on a fast food menu?   Mama said, “Cut the time, you cut the product.” Matthew 6:5-7 5  “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  6  But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who

Are you dirty?

I slept in this morning.   My hotel room was dark and cozy, my shower warm and invigorating.   It was time to get dressed and head home.   I retrieved my undergarments from the dresser, put them on and finished dressing.   When I pulled out my luggage, what did I find?   My clean underwear neatly rolled lay sitting in the bottom of my overnight bag which meant I was wearing day old, dirty underwear.   Why change? Who would know?   I’m just driving home alone.   No one would see my dirty self. Colossians 3:1-10 3  Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  2  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  3  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  4  When Christ, who is your [  life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and g

What is that I smell?

WHAT IS THAT I SMELL! I did not need to see the road kill.  The odor was quite pungent even with the car windows up and cruising at 40 miles per hour.  There was no mistaking that a skunk was nearby.  This one lay dead in the middle of the road.  How long it had been there was irrelevant, the smell was still in the air.  Although, a noxious irritant, a smell known by all, it was the appropriate waffling fume one would expect from a dead skunk.  Any other smell would have been aberrant.  You expect stink from a skunk.  The stench even after death is offensive to all who pass by.  Do not look down on this odious little one.  Skunks are not the only creatures that leave an aroma behind. 2 Corinthians 2:15-16   15  For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  16  To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? While attending a funeral to
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the words right out of my mouth.   The words she spoke are similar to what I used for my sons and also use to guide the parents of my patients.   These four words can make or break the trajectory of a child’s life.   Evidently, the same four words are able to corral an incorrigible President as well.   Just speaking the words is not enough.   They must be backed up with prompt action without a hint of fear.   I share the four words with parents at the two week check-up.   The earlier parents comprehend the importance of relaying these words to a child, the better it is not only for the parent but for society in general.   What four words you ask?   THE ANSWER IS NO! Proverbs 29:15 15  The rod and reproof give wisdom,      but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Speaker Pelosi told President Trump “No!”   She undergirded that no by making sure every single Democratic Representative said no as well.   If that was not enough


The day started with an early morning drive, before the sun came up I was already on the roadway.   Just in front of me, a car was moving long perfectly fine with the traffic but the emergency lights were flashing.   I thought, why the emergency lights if the car is moving and the driver is not impaired.   As I continued behind the car, the flashers remained on but as soon as I passed the car to go about my business, the driver turned off the emergency lights.   I said to myself, “Now that was weird’” until I got on the highway and realized my headlights were not on.                    Proverbs 19:20 20  Listen to advice and accept instruction,      that you may gain wisdom in the future. The driver with the flashing lights had been trying to relay advice to me, “Turn on your headlights.”   I was so busy try to figure out what was wrong with their car that I could not perceive that I needed counsel.   We go through life thinking we have it all together.   We spend an

God is the Key

It's a new year and I'm driving a new car.  It takes some getting use to when you have become comfortable with the routine of the same gauges, mechanics and audio system.  I knew everything about the old car so I pretty much functioned on automatic.  There was no need to check the owner's manual, no reason to think about how to turn anything on and no consideration of whether I was competent to troubleshoot any malfunctions.  I knew how to handle that car.  Which brings me to why I had a problem opening the trunk of my new car this afternoon.  I needed to get a box out of the car.  I went into the garage and tried to open the trunk.  It would not budge.  Well, I remembered the box I needed was in the back seat anyway so I attempted to open the back door.  It would not budge.  I had just walked out there not having considered how I was going to gain access to this new car.  My old car was always unlocked in the garage so I assumed this one would be too.  Not so, a key wa