A pastor once said to me that starting out in ministry was the easy part. Keeping going – loving people over the years through thick and thin, and remaining passionate about the work – was much harder. You could say this about almost anything in life. It’s exciting to embark on a new adventure –… Continue reading What happens when the honeymoon is over?
We don’t always feel “fearfully and wonderfully made” do we? We don’t necessarily marvel at all the things our bodies and minds can do… or the fact we are alive, simply because God chose to bring us into being. We don’t usually celebrate that we woke up with breath in our lungs, the ability to… Continue reading Do you think you’re wonderful?
God alone is your refuge. God alone is your place of safety. No matter what storms are raging, you can find shelter in him. He’ll keep you protected under his wings like an eagle. He’ll draw you close like a caring, devoted mother. He’ll lend you his ear like the most dedicated father. He’ll lead… Continue reading He’s your place of safety
God is not silent. God is not remote or distant or aloof. God speaks, and he speaks through the Living Word – the Bible. The world around us will distract us and delay our reading of it – but the Word remains powerful and life-changing as we meditate on it. As we pray over it.… Continue reading This Word will change your life
Psalm 121 includes a powerful tribute to our creator. It reminds us of the source of our strength and help. I love the gentle rhythms of these verses. They soothingly remind me I can trust in a Father God who never sleeps, but is always working behind the scenes to carry out his perfect plan.… Continue reading Rest your head on the one who never sleeps
Think back to the best teacher you ever had. Mine was a woman named Kerry Edmeades. She was caring, kind, passionate, and confident – a definite role model. She taught English better than anyone I’d come across, and encouraged me to believe in my own potential. But God is an even better teacher than our… Continue reading The best teacher you’ll ever have
2017 is going to be the best year ever! 2016 was the worst year ever!!! In my attempts to achieve greater balance in my thinking and verbal proclamations in general, you will not hear me make either of these statements. Because my aim, at present, is to resist what the psychologists call “dichotomous thinking”. According to… Continue reading This is going to be the best year ever! (Or is it…?)