Be to Me a Rock of Refuge

“Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come.” – Psalm 71:3 ESV There are times when we are stuck. When the landscape of our life seems to offer us two, paltry views. A rock and a hard place. Unforeseen circumstances, or illness, or lost opportunities, or even troubled relationships create dilemmas and […]

When You’re Tired of Being a Sighing Woman

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – 4:13 ESV Early, morning light fills the room pulling me wake. I lie in bed clutching at the stillness hoping to hold the day off a little while longer. But it’s no use, my mind is already off to the races. So, with slippered […]

When Depression Hits: How to Pray Above Your Sorrow

“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.” – Psalm 143:8 NKJV I stand in the doorway trying hard to produce a smile as I wave goodbye. It’s what […]

What I Learned When I Prayed for Love

“Above all, love each other deeply…” 1 Peter 4:8 NIV Sometimes it’s hard to love the ones we love. It’s as if our love – once whole and full, has sprouted leaks from the punctures of life, pain, fear, time, or distraction. And yet, we know, we must love despite our leaks. So we try […]

All Things Hope: February Edition

“Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting–a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, And thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Sometimes it’s easy to miss hope filled things. The […]

5 Things a Daughter Should Know

I first wrote this post for my daughter who turned eighteen earlier this month. As she blew out the candles on her cake, I saw her standing on the threshold of her grown-up life. With the doors thrown open, I began to wonder (and worry) if I had done enough. Had I taught her and […]

When You Want to Know What God is Gonna Do

“He went out, not knowing where he was going.” – Hebrews 11:8 ESV Some people seem to have this new year’s gig figured out. Their January days appear to ebb and flow in steady, productive rhythms. Plans move forward, dreams bud and bloom, and stuff just plain happens. And then there’s the rest of us […]

When It’s Time to Return to Your Rest

Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. – Psalm 116:7 NIV There comes a time when you must tell your soul to return to its rest. Maybe your life these last weeks, months, or year has looked plenty like David’s life from the Old Testament. Maybe you’ve been on the run and forced […]