Where Does My Help Come From?

I woke up several days ago in a fog. The motivation to get out of bed just wasn’t there. My brain protested consciousness as I blinked my weary eyes open. The extra hour of sleep from Daylight Savings didn’t seem to be helping. The bright sunlight made me squint...

Can I love the Lord and love Halloween?

There is a misconception that being a Christian is boring and puts an end to fun, adventure, laughter, and joy. It’s sad, really. If only we realized that God’s dream for us is so much bigger and more spectacular than any of our wildest dreams, what an amazing life...

Church, we have to get this right

“We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that he should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at his love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.” ~Brennan Manning, Ragamuffin Gospel I have some thoughts that have been...

Jesus Wept: Allowing God to break our heart for what breaks His

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of...

Living Differently at Christmas

Will we have the heart of Jesus during the upcoming Christmas season? Will we be radical about Christ at Christmas as well as the rest of the year? “Lord, forgive me for indulging myself in the entitlement of being an American at Christmas. Forgive me for being so distracted from...

Margin or The Rat Race

After 14 exhausting but wonderful years of raising kids and homeschooling for a few of them, I am finding that my life is finally calming down. I am incredibly blessed to now have time and margin in my life. About a year ago, I discontinued homeschooling when my husband and...

Christ be all around me

Above and below me, before and behind me, in every eye that sees me, Christ be all around me. These are the beautiful words from a song by Leeland that I recently heard at a Michael W Smith concert. Doesn’t that just say it all? Our Lord and savior is...

Awake, sleep no more!

On the treadmill this morning I noticed something as I was watching Good Morning America.  The thought hit me that, this isn’t real. I usually flip between the Today show and GMA when I am working out in the morning. As I watched the polished hosts banter with one another...

Am I enough?

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 4:19 This past year the theme of the youth ministry at my church was ‘He is enough”. What a simple concept. Yet, it is so profound. Understanding those 3 simple...

Labeled a pessimist

The Mountaintop Joy and happiness.  We all like it. We all want it. Emotional highs, instant gratification, comfort and peace, fuzzy things, the smell of spring, sex, and love are things that make us happy. And, we like to be happy don’t we?  Even Peter, who so enjoyed the...