Dear Church, We’ve Made a Mistake

I think we’ve make a mistake. We’ve allowed ourselves to love God’s messengers more than God Himself. We’ve fallen too deeply and too carelessly for their causes, their notoriety, and their truths rather than stand firm in the Truth of God. And when these, our bothers and sisters in Christ, veer off the narrow road, […]

The Truth of How Jesus Paints Our Life

“Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” – Psalm 51:7 Over the summer, my daughter’s bedroom got a mini-makeover. We bought some new furniture and lighting. I painted the walls and built hooks out of reclaimed wood (yay DIY!). We also installed one of those super closet organizers that magically quadruples small spaces. […]

What I Learned in August

Do not be satisfied with God’s calling or His gifts in your life. Be satisfied with Jesus Christ Himself. -Brother Yun, The Heavenly Man Did you know the word August comes from the Latin word Augustus, meaning “consecrated” or set apart? It seems an unlikely word for a month stuck in the haze and laziness of […]

My Porch of Peace: Learning to Let Go

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven … a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,5) There are times when letting go is so hard. Nine years ago my husband and I decided to move to California. […]

Naming and Claiming Jesus

“No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.” – Jeremiah 10:6 NIV I remember the first time I put a name to Jesus. It was during a church service my husband and I attended when we lived in Georgia. Everyone was invited to come to the front […]

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 […]

Do You Feel Unworthy?

“By the grace of God, I am what I am.”  1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV Would it be a fair thing to say that at times you feel you would be the last person God would pick to do ANYTHING for His kingdom?   Can I be the first to raise my hand, saying yes to that […]

A Word for the Season

It was my birthday last week. As a lay in bed recounting the wonderful blessings I received that day, I prayed God would give me just one word to carry for the coming year. I waited in anticipation for him to lay on me some grand word of action or accomplishment. I fought to be still – and ready to […]