Prayer…Why Bother?

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3 Why do I bother with prayer?  Does it really make a difference?  Does it even matter? Have you asked these questions? If you’re reluctant to answer “yes”, may I cut in front […]

When Thoughts are Scattered

“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus.” – Hebrews 3:1 Scattered thoughts are common, especially this time of year when we have so many commitments, activities, and preparations to make.  Most days I feel like a human pinball bouncing from task to task, and thought to thought trying […]

To Clean or Not To Clean

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great his is love for those who fear him.” Psalm 103: 11   It is our turn to host my side of the family’s Christmas Eve festivities.  We’re talking upwards of 35+ people for dinner. You know what that means–planning, prepping, decorating, cooking–the list […]

Trust Starts With Pizza Crust

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16:10 So often I find profound reminders of God’s character and truth in the midst of my everyday life.  I’m always amazed how he takes the smallest […]

Lessons on a Camping Trip

As the first morning broke and we all ventured out of our sleeping spaces, the beautiful women that I shared the weekend with were decked out in their finest.  Flannel jammies, oversized coats, best sweat pants, boots, multi-layers of socks, etc.—you get the picture—we were all coming up wayyyy short of hitting the fashion runway. […]

Gray Days: Thoughts on Discouragement

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 When our children were little, we spent many hours reading together.  One of their most favorite stories was Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored […]

Perseverance

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:4 The task didn’t come easy.  I struggled and labored, and struggled some more, yet it would not flow.  Was I forcing something I shouldn’t?  Was I trying to make something out of nothing?  God knows I’ve […]

Birthdays

“From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.” – Psalm 22:10 (NIV) This is a busy time of year for birthdays in our family.  The younger ones are eager to celebrate their annual milestone in full party fashion, while the older ones claim, “It’s just another day.” and […]