You look good for 243.. aesthetically speaking. Your beautiful mountains, plains, canyons, rivers, and oceans display your splendor. You are lovely to behold. Yet for all of that beauty, you have lost your innocence…Read More
I like to think of myself as Mary (don’t we all), but oftentimes I am Martha in this story. I’m worried about so many things. I’m busy, hustling and running around trying to bless the Lord and serve the people and DO DO DO. None of these things are bad, in themselves. But they kept Martha from the feet of Jesus. And more often than I’d like to admit, they do the same for me.
I don’t know what I’m thinking.. how many people want to read about obedience, let alone think about it? And not only am I writing about obedience, but I’m doing a series on it. (Crazy, I know!)Read More
“YOU’RE GOING TO SOUTH SUDAN WITH A BABY?!?!” my coworker asked me. “AREN’T YOU SCARED???”
“Of course I am,” I thought as I sat across the table from her, 28 weeks pregnant with my first child. “I’m terrified.”Read More
I saw Maurice’s death as a total loss and tragedy. He left behind a pregnant wife and two young children. It didn’t seem fair. And it wasn’t.Read More
When they ask me “the” question: “When are you coming back exactly?”, and I don’t have a definite answer, I swallow hard to fight the emotions and I hear the questioning and doubt in their silence.Read More
I’ve been busy thinking and doing and wondering and longing, and I have been coming to God each day with the crumbs and leftovers and asking Him to bless them.Read More
Sometimes I need my eyes opened, too. Far more than I’d like to admit at this stage in my walk with the Lord. I should know better, understand more, and walk with stronger faith. But I don’t always get it. I see what’s right in front of me and I can’t imagine what God is doing, or what the bigger picture will be.Read More
How to be a missionary anywhere? Make introducing God to people a priority. That statement contains two prerequisites, which I’d like to briefly unpack by saying this: it’s difficult tointroduce two strangers, particularly when you don’t know either of them yourself.Read More
Are we walking wounded? Are we allowing our pain to define and consume us?
Or are we walking through it, though it hurts to face, and allowing God to meet us and walk with us through it? To bring us out stronger, with a freedom that we never would have experienced?Read More
If you are on a diet or trying to lose weight, you will typically check your weight about once a week or so to monitor your progress. So, why wouldn’t we apply that same logic to our spiritual lives?Read More
If we are so busy about the world’s business that we neglect the Lord’s business, we are wasting our breath. We are, in fact, wasting our life.Read More
In the general culture of our day, health is a big deal. But in the culture where I’ve lived for so long, it has been more about survival and eating what I can get.
I have not been a picture of health.
Here it is. Brutal honesty.
I can be difficult. You can be difficult. We may be the difficult person in someone else’s life. I am willing to guarantee that there is at least one person in this world who doesn’t like you.
Do you ever have anyone who just rubs you the wrong way? You know who I’m talking about. That person at church who you feel is undermining you, someone in your family who you think wants to run your life for you, perhaps a ministry partner that doesn’t see things eye to eye with you? Or someone who demands all of your energy and attention?Read More
Maybe your realm of influence is small.. but so what? Isn’t one life worth giving it all for?
Jesus thought so.
And true success is not about quantity, but quality.Read More
Science shows that when we dwell on the negative, or things that are not honoring to God, the results are clearly seen in our bodies, our attitudes, and our actions. That means that the way we think today can have an impact on our spiritual, physical and mental health!Read More
The brain is like a world that starts out like an undeveloped, newly discovered planet. Then as you grow and develop, so does your brain’s world: with roads, maps (places we learn to go), and different areas that are marked out in various ways.Read More
Why do I, and so many of us, not take our thoughts captive like we are commanded to do? Oftentimes, we have patterns of negativity. We have histories that have caused us to be fearful or angry all the time. The bottom line is: we all come with baggage. But that’s not the way God intended us to live. And the good news is that, we CAN take our toxic thoughts captive. We can lock them up in prison where they belong, and throw away the key. God tells us to do it, and He would never tell us to do something that we can’t do.Read More
Trust in God when it doesn’t make sense, when things are especially challenging and look hopeless. Trust in Him, believe in His promises, cling to the hem of His Garment. Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Not the truth of the circumstance I am in, but the Truth that is my confidence- the reality that not one word of His Word will be changed or altered, not one thing in my life will ultimately be a failure or a mistake. He is still in control.Read More