Becoming Fluent in the Language of Labeling

Seen and known, we bear the label that shields the heart—the label that reveals the heart of God.

His drawing of a strawberry was lopsided, the printing was primitive, but the proud smile on my little guy’s face was as genuine as the ring of strawberry jam that circled his mouth.  He had made the jam and then had labored over the personalized labels that made each jar an announcement of his creative… Continue reading Becoming Fluent in the Language of Labeling

Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Corinthians 5:17

Tired metaphor though it be, the transformation from chubby caterpillar to seemingly inanimate chrysalis, and then to elegant and dainty flying monarch is new again to me in this late summer season of 2019, because it is new to my tiny grandchildren. “Leafy” had no idea that the milkweed he munched in a retired goldfish… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Corinthians 5:17

How to Train Your Thinking When Life Throws You a Curve

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant.

My favorite way to do life involves a schedule. Always a planner, I map out the days in advance and often find myself studying my calendar as if I might be tested on it at some point. Oddly, the pop quiz usually comes in the form of a delay or some unforeseen curve that cancels… Continue reading How to Train Your Thinking When Life Throws You a Curve

Sunday Scripture ~ Luke 12:48

God will not hold you accountable for what you do not know. This is good news. It is true of the unreached people groups from Operation World, and it is true of you and me in our earlier, perhaps untaught, and perhaps more reckless, less scripturally grounded years. Everyone to whom much was given much will… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Luke 12:48

Stillness on the Way to Peace with God

The waters do indeed rise and the flames may come close enough to singe us, but the power of God endures.

With a steaming cup of tea in my favorite mug and an open Bible, I turned to a fresh page in my journal and prepared to take advantage of an empty and quiet house. Funny how stillness without is no guarantee of stillness within. A dozen tasks on my to-do list suddenly began competing for… Continue reading Stillness on the Way to Peace with God

Sunday Scripture ~ Matthew 6:1

The Sermon on the Mount changes the way we practice righteousness.

I've raised a couple of trumpet players and the one currently in residence is often inspired to practice at about the same time that I am inspired to go to bed. That's fine with me, because I value the musical endeavors of my kids whenever they happen, but as the sound waves bounce off all… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Matthew 6:1

Concerning the Times and the Seasons: Summer 2019

"But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you."  (I Thessalonians 5:1) Paul's words come embedded with a warning to the church--sort of a, "It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway" message regarding a certain watchfulness and an inspired willingness to live in the present… Continue reading Concerning the Times and the Seasons: Summer 2019

The Gift of Discovering Jesus in Unexpected Places

As it turns out, even first-century believers who lived and traveled with Jesus on dusty Palestinian roads needed a nudge sometimes to help them recognize his presence and his work.

Lately, I've been on a God Hunt, and this list is the early fruit of it:  Our house and yard were teeming with friends, gathered for a celebration, and fully present to joy. The smooth execution of this event was an obvious answer to prayer. God has provided abundant and satisfying work for our adult… Continue reading The Gift of Discovering Jesus in Unexpected Places

Sunday Scripture ~ Isaiah 41:10

When fear threatens to extract all the air from my dreams, I’m thankful for the courage and strength that come from an upholding God. 

Anxiety is a chronic and pervasive problem for most of us. We fear what we do not know, so, today, let’s get our hearts aligned with the truth of God’s sovereignty. Anxiety about the unknown becomes an opportunity to reaffirm our belief in God’s good intentions toward us and to purposefully put our trust and… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Isaiah 41:10

Trusting God for a Secure Landing on Solid Ground

God's faithfulness in the past assures me that no matter what I bring to him in the future, he is competent and present and more than willing to catch me.

"Okay if I take the kids over to the playground?" I asked my daughter-in-law. "They'd love it!" she answered with a smile, settling into her lawn chair with a good book, and so I grabbed two small hands, and, together, we walked the short distance to the swings and slides. Almost-Five knew the ropes, but… Continue reading Trusting God for a Secure Landing on Solid Ground