What Is God Really Promising Here?

"I can be content in any and every situation through the Anointed One who is my power and strength" (Philippians 4:13).

Sunday Scripture The schools called a two-hour delay on the first Monday of the New Year. The condition of my driveway and my icy walk with the dog in early light confirmed the wisdom of their decision, but, even so, it left me feeling out of sorts. Substitute teaching is always a "throw the apples… Continue reading What Is God Really Promising Here?

Receive the Gift of Your Life as an Adventure from God

Pursuing a God-sized dream is about following the One who makes the sun rise every day and never tires of it.

“Again!” he demanded with a giggle, his eyes sparkling with joy and anticipation. And so we did it. We read the book again . . . and again. My grandson doesn’t look for thrills in the new and different. He finds his greatest joy in more and more of what he knows and loves. The truth is,… Continue reading Receive the Gift of Your Life as an Adventure from God

Why Does Evil Exist in the World?

" I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you." Habakkuk 1:5

Sunday Scripture Why is it that the big questions float to the surface unexpectedly? It's not when I'm sitting alert with open journal and quiet mind, but rather when I'm pushing a shopping cart or a vacuum cleaner hose; when I'm mixing cookie dough or scrubbing a pot, that a face comes to mind or… Continue reading Why Does Evil Exist in the World?

What Keeps You from Being a Feather on the Breath of God?

What keeps you from being a feather on the breath of God?

In this first week of January, I am already ignoring one of my every-year resolutions--the one where I promise myself not to use up all the lines in my planner every single day with things to do and places to go. There's something so freeing about white space in those tight little squares that represent… Continue reading What Keeps You from Being a Feather on the Breath of God?

Begin Again Every Day: A Powerful Rule of Life

Sunday Scripture Two spiritual practices carried me through December 2020: Each day, I took note of the sunrise, describing the way the light arrived and thanking God for sending the one True Light. Later, I would read a carol and write down one line that stood out to me. The big January surprise, in this… Continue reading Begin Again Every Day: A Powerful Rule of Life

The December Book Talk Where Reading Friends Pause to Ponder

Persevere

Farewell, 2020!Welcome, 2021! If I've learned anything from the year we've just experienced it's the need for (and the importance of) compassionate listening to those who are different from me in any number of ways. As a majority culture, rural-dwelling woman on "this side" of fifty, it's tempting for me to throw everything I don't… Continue reading The December Book Talk Where Reading Friends Pause to Ponder

The Reason Why We Can Sing “Joy to the World”

Christmas is a sure sign that God came for the whole world.

Sunday Scripture When my sons were all small, they loved playing Hide and Seek. Sometimes it was a big, summer-time game with the whole family hiding outside in the bushes, sometimes just a simple one-on-one at bedtime, but one son in particular would get so overcome with excitement he couldn't contain the secret. "I'm 'hind… Continue reading The Reason Why We Can Sing “Joy to the World”

Make the Ultimate Christmas Gift Exchange

When it comes right down to it, we're all a little unwilling to make the exchange from grit to grace.

He had dropped his candy cane, and the sticky surface now wore a fairly even coating of dirt and dust. Through his sobs, I could just make out the words, "Wash it, Mama!" but this candy cane had seen a lot of action. It would be far easier just to give him a fresh start.… Continue reading Make the Ultimate Christmas Gift Exchange

Are You Singing the Song of the Servant this Christmas?

"God is God. Because he is God, he is worthy of my obedience." Elisabeth Elliot

Sunday Scripture This week, I started listening to Christmas music on the way to work. Our 24/7 Christmas music radio station plays everything from crooning Bing to the musical equivalent of an ugly Christmas sweater. One frosty morning, fresh off my Isaiah Advent reading and a mug of hot tea, the radio wished me a… Continue reading Are You Singing the Song of the Servant this Christmas?

Genuine Comfort for the Broken and Battered

"Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low..."

I once read a simple, one-sentence recipe for humility that I have yet to practice, but it lingers just outside my list of good intentions. Here it is: Read Isaiah 40 every day. Every word trumpets, "Behold your God," first to the cities of Judah, and ultimately to me, sitting at my dining room table.… Continue reading Genuine Comfort for the Broken and Battered