Eyewitness

Eyewitness

When someone claims to have seen or heard something firsthand, we may believe it or we may not.  But, if a second person comes to us and says he has seen and heard that same thing, we will be more likely to believe them.  The more people that have witnessed the same event, the more […]

When God Says No to our Prayers

When God Says No to our Prayers

Does God only answer select prayers? Or does He answer all of our prayers? Last year, my family diligently prayed for my cousin’s 17 year-old son, who was fighting brain cancer, and a 59 year-old man in our church struggling with liver cancer. Both put up gallant fights, and there were moments of encouragement along […]

Going Deeper

Going Deeper

Would you like to go deeper into God’s Word?  I’d like to share a couple of ways that I try to dig deeper into the treasure of truth in the Bible when I’m spending time studying and praying.  Read on for a couple of examples that might be helpful to you! While reading the familiar […]

The Truth about Messing up and Measuring up

The Truth about Messing up and Measuring up

  My career as a special education teacher was full of highs and lows. While the milestones of teaching a sixteen-year-old to read or helping a fifteen-year-old out of his wheelchair to take his first steps were deeply fulfilling, there were many days of defeat.  There were plenty of days spent simply trying to keep […]

The Sweetest Craving

The Sweetest Craving

I’ve noticed lately that because there is so much candy around, I’ve begun to snack on tasty chocolate things.  I’ve always been able to resist sweets, but lately I’ve indulged when I see these treats.  I didn’t think much of it until a few weeks ago, early afternoon, I felt this sudden craving for chocolate. […]

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

  The year I started writing words for the world to read, things started falling to pieces all around us. We encountered three bouts with the stomach bug in four months.  The kids were constantly rundown with various viruses.  There were financial strains, serious health scares, and much more. We were about ten months into […]

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

For ten years we were blessed to have our extended family living nearby. We all looked forward to holidays with a houseful of people we loved. Prior to the day, my sister-in-law and I would plan menus and look for new recipes. She is a fabulous cook, so inevitably all the food turned out to […]

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense […]

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

Our Weakness ~ Christ’s Strength

My least favorite part of this time of year isn’t the holiday bustle, the cold chill in the air, or the threat of slick roads. Instead, it’s the myriad of germs that seem to find their way into my system repeatedly over the span of fall and winter months. My work as a school library […]

Take Off The Mask

Take Off The Mask

A few days ago, on Halloween, I went to work dressed up as a Lumberjack.  I put on a hat, sunglasses, a fluffy beard, plaid shirt, jeans and boots.  I stuffed the shirt with a pillow to create a big belly.  I laughed because I knew there was no possible way that anyone would recognize […]

The Identity Thief

The Identity Thief

Who you are is not defined by what you do. Or what you fail to do. So many of us struggle with the lie that our value is based on our performance. We fear to make mistakes because we think that means we are a failure. Because we fear to make mistakes, we stay within […]

For When You Need a Second Chance

For When You Need a Second Chance

  I’ve lived much of my life behind masks. My masks look like confidence, strength, and security.  There are times when being confident, strong and secure are best, even when we don’t feel like it.  When I step into a job interview, meet with an executive to seal a high-stakes deal, or walk into a […]

Obedience At All Costs

Obedience At All Costs

“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice.” 1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)  Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to […]

The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14 KJV).   Body image is an American fanaticism that has spawned billions dollar industries to address human fears of imperfection. We pay top dollar to put curl into hair that is […]

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

Facing Life’s Trials with God at Our Side

I love that God infused the change of seasons within creation. Each season has a beauty all its own. Yet each also has its down side. Spring holds the beauty of new growth, yet harbors the threat of storms and severe weather. Summer supplies ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, yet wields an abundance of […]

Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. We’ve all heard of them. Once in a while they break through the myriad of bad news–the murders, kidnappings, jail breaks, natural disasters, political turmoil, civic unrest–and bring a bit of sunshine into our lives. Like the 19-year-old waiter who received a $1000 tip because he took time to […]

Purest Faith

Purest Faith

When circumstances are exactly the opposite of what we hope for, it becomes impossible for us to envision that things could ever change.  It is hard to trust God. There are no more “props” or “crutches” to hold our faith up.  What are props and crutches?  Anything that we lean on besides God.  It could […]

One Important Piece

One Important Piece

I love to talk about the transformed mind because I feel it’s such a critical component of our ongoing sanctification. Romans 12:2 tells us to not let our minds be imprinted by the world, but rather to be transformed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. And one important piece of developing this […]