One Enduring Echo

One Enduring Echo

Our lives feel enormous to us, but they are small to God. Not insignificant, just small. A thousand years is as a day to Him, while a minute can feel like a day to me as I’m waiting for change, or answers, or …relief. A minute of crying. A minute of uncertainty. These minutes feel […]

When God’s Order Looks Like DISorder

When God’s Order Looks Like DISorder

Seconds ago, I was tearing down one of two Christmas trees we had in our home this Christmas season when a very clear analogy stopped me. I knew I had to STOP. I had to write about it. So, here is my humble attempt to communicate what I believe God was showing me, just moments […]

Finding Jesus

Finding Jesus

The shepherds were just doing their jobs; out in the fields, watching their sheep, doing what shepherds do. Nobody warned them that a multitude of the heavenly host was about to break in on their otherwise normal night. Nobody warned them that they were about to be told to go and find a baby in […]

Couldn’t Keep Quiet

Couldn’t Keep Quiet

Hey you. Hi, Friends.  I know we haven’t talked in a while. That’s partly my fault. I really just haven’t known what to say. So I didn’t. say. anything. I see that wasn’t loving. I realize now it wasn’t loving. Not really. I tried to reason with myself that not saying something WAS the loving […]

The Mother Idol

The Mother Idol

I think I have an idol of mothering. Actually, I’m pretty certain of it. It’s not as if I built a room in my house and made a graven image of a mother to bow down to each day, but I have been bowing down to something other than God in this part of my […]

The Strong One

The Strong One

Depression wears many faces.  I’m not even going to try to get into such a complex issue here, but I will tell you about some things God has been teaching me lately in the midst of my own grey and stormy moments. For me, a melancholy at heart, I usually see the glass as “half […]

Strong Affections/Strong Afflictions

Strong Affections/Strong Afflictions

“It is strong affection that makes strong affliction,” Puritan John Flavel writes in his work “The Mystery of Providence.” Flavel was writing of our inordinate affections for this world and everything in it that beguiles us. Our “strong affection” for life here on earth pulls us in half sometimes, doesn’t it? We want to follow […]

Pet Lessons

Pet Lessons

“I don’t like this anymore,” she cried. “It’s not the way it used to be with him,” she lamented. “I don’t think I can do this.” Tears streamed down her face in sorrow. She was 12 and her beloved dog was wailing and nipping at her in his pain. As I sat and watched my […]

Revealing Words

The rain was starting to pour.   We ran, all five of us,  and crammed into the doorway of the visitor center at Rocky Mountain National Park.   That’s when I thought I saw him…a famous Christian speaker and writer…coming OUT the door with two of his children.   I glanced back at my husband […]

Never Shaken

Never Shaken

I hate conflict. Maybe you do too? But the reality is, we have conflicts in this life. (Hold on…it gets better. HEAVEN is conflict-free.) Most likely, I hate conflict because it always seems to be handled so poorly. People vent. People insult. People misunderstand but then can’t see that they misunderstand (at least from where you’re […]

Enough

Enough

As a woman who maintained a love/hate relationship with perfectionism, I often rose to the heights of success one moment, then plunged to self-condemnation the next. Over the course of my life, this got pretty exhausting. “Never enough,” I used to think. “I’ll never be enough.” I took stock of my attributes (the good, the […]

One Thing

One Thing

Poor Martha. She really thought she had it right. All her serving. All her preparation. She worked so hard to serve Jesus, to have him in her home. But somehow her worship turned sour. Instead of treasuring Jesus’ presence with her, she actually went to him and asked him to make Mary get up and […]

First Love

First Love

Ah…that first love. Maybe you had one. Maybe you’re still waiting… Maybe you married your first love and have spent 50 wedded years together. With Valentine’s Day still floating in the air, it’s easy to get caught up in romantic notions of love. The thrill of being noticed, being adored, being sought out by another…it […]

Winter Wonder-land?

Winter Wonder-land?

I live in the Sunshine State, folks.  But based on this winter, I think we Floridians need to recall that state motto!  Now I know you who live in the frozen tundra of the northern United States will laugh me right off this webpage, but it’s been COLD here!  Temperatures in the teens at night […]

The Christmas I’ll Never Forget

The Christmas I’ll Never Forget

I said I would never forget that Christmas, and I haven’t. It’s been a decade now. Ten years since the Christmas of 2004, the year God showed our family that He was More Than Enough for all of our trials, needs, and beyond. In April of 2004, my husband resigned from his job as a […]

The Alarmist

The Alarmist

“O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.”

Blind Eyes

Blind Eyes

I need to put on my gospel glasses…

Keep Reading

Keep Reading

Job wasn’t an Israelite. How did I not see this sooner? Maybe you didn’t either. But he wasn’t. This man of great faith in the midst of enormous testing was not one of the “chosen people” of God. Actually, according to scripture, Job was from the land of Uz, which probably meant he was a […]