The Joy (and Power) of Knowing You’re Not Alone

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” –  C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves I spotted the young boy across the produce section. He stood next a shopping cart, with his three sisters, as dad studied a grocery list. The boy moved […]

When You Have Forgotten Your Joy

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24 ESV Have you forgotten your joy? It’s easy to do as our days breathe in and out. Maybe you’ve got days that coast along on rolling tides of familiar drudgery, where each one looks like […]

3 Things to Know When Wants Overrun Your Life

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” – Psalm 23:1 ESV Sleep and I are not the best of friends. We have a love-hate relationship. I love sleep, but when it abandons me around 4AM most mornings, well … hate is almost too good of a word. For years, I laid awake praying, […]

7 Layered Joy

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”  John 15:11  NKJV   It happened the other day and I couldn’t get it out of my head. In fact, it’s still there buzzing around. It’s one of those songs that gets stuck between […]

Delight in the Lord

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 ESV Delight in the Lord.   Easy to do when life is soaring and the view is clear.   Delight in the Lord.   Easy to remember when prayers are answered and providence reigns.   “Delight in […]

The Oil of Joy

“Therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” – Psalm 45:7 NIV I’ve been thinking about joy a lot lately.   With all the songs, and cards, and ornaments proclaiming joy, it’s been kind of hard to miss.   But what is joy really? Is […]

What Consumes You?

“and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3:19 ESV   Teriyaki.  Definitely, teriyaki.   It’s the family’s favorite.   If the chicken doldrums kick in, or the steak is a cheaper cut, I know exactly what to do to the […]


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 NIV     I got a little closer to hope a few days ago.  I snuggled up to the promise of God, […]