God, Don’t Give Me Strength!

The Sovereign Lord is my strength. – Habakkuk 3:19 NIV And so it begins…   For the next six weeks we’ll work and plan and busy ourselves to exhaustion.   Our home, family, and life will display perfection of the highest order. Turkeys, Christmas lights, and shopping sprees signal lofty expectations we’ll have of ourselves […]


    It’s not a very dynamic picture, is it?  The colors are dull and gray and no real wow factor to write home about.   This was the last picture I took during a morning of walking and talking with friends, and shooting the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.   As I turned from […]

The Art of Standing on Your Mountaintop

“When things were going great I crowed, “I’ve got it made … He made me king of the mountain.”’ – Psalm 30:6 (MSG)   How are you?   It’s a question my old psychology professor said one should ask with caution, but I’m curious.   How are you?   I’d guess some of you would […]

Giant Slayer

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” 1 Samuel 17:45 NIV       I had always envisioned David’s Goliath as this huge giant that was bigger than any oak tree.   But he wasn’t. By most accounts, he stood probably […]

Fort Building

“Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.” Psalm 125:1 NLT       The locals simply call it “Presidio.”   The official name is El Presidio Reál de San Diego.   It is a large building, sitting high on a hill […]


“Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.” Psalm 74:12 NASB     The daily onslaught of the troubles of the world has troubled my heart.   From the atrocities of the Middle East, to the human suffering in Africa, to the lawlessness in […]

Weakness: Where You’re Supposed to Be

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV I thought I had left my weaknesses at the door. Making sure they were boxed neatly, tied up with a bow, and put on a high inner shelf where no one […]

Hope When the Clouds Roll In

Then Solomon spoke: “The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud.” – 1 Kings 8:12 NKJV There are times in life when the proverbial “kick me” sign is taped firmly to our backs. Day after day, we wander around with the weight of our troubles plastered squarely between our shoulder blades. We lament […]