One Tool for Peace in Uncertain Times

These are challenging days for all of us.  The pace and degree of change to our personal life can be overwhelming.  Circumstances in our home, of those we care about, and in the world consume our focus.  Yet, we have God—or rather, God has us. He holds us and this whole world in his hand.…

When We Don’t Know What To Do

  I don’t know what to do! We say it or someone says it to us.  The punctuation marks the depth of our exasperation, fear, stress, discouragement, or confusion. Should I break up with him? Is it time to look for a new job? Am I supposed to confront her? You and I are not…

On Waiting For A Convenient Time

When I was 30, I received my first Bible. It wasn't something that I'd always wanted; rather, I was curious about something my husband valued—spending daily time reading it. That was a new, unfamiliar, and to be honest, overwhelming idea to me. Even after he gave it to me, several days passed before I made time to…

Prayer That Impacts Our Perspective

When I was growing up, Mom or Dad usually said "the blessing," a rote prayer, before supper. Sometimes Dad told one of my three brothers or me to say it. Being kids, we flew through it so we could eat. And then one day Dad instructed the four of us to each write multiple prayers…

For When It’s Hard To Be Still

Have you ever noticed how a photograph—of someone you know or a scene of nature—can cause you to be still for a few minutes or longer? It holds a moment in our life or a mesmerizing sample of God's creation. When my computer screen is idle, my photo collection rolls, and if my husband or…

Passionate Pursuit {day 26}: The Surpassing Worth

I know who she is... she works at the school and has 2 little boys. I know her... she's dependable. We know the difference between knowing about someone and truly knowing the person. For instance, we know about our child - hair color, height and weight, current abilities and activities. The facts. But to truly…

Passionate Pursuit {day 14}: Our Constant

When we tell You we're sorry and ask for Your help, and then do the same wrong-thing within an hour... When we ask for Your forgiveness, yet struggle to forgive someone... When we stare temptation in the face, and don't turn our heart away... YOU REMAIN WITH US. YOU NEVER LEAVE US. Every thought and…