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 25}: Getting Answers

I.DON'T.KNOW.WHAT.TO.DO.... We whisper, whimper, cry or scream these words from time to time. Exasperated, discouraged, afraid, fretting, worn down, or stressed out. We're not supposed to have all the answers - or even a lot of the them. Every answer we need, God has. We're not gonna know the best thing to do - in…

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…

Passionate Pursuit {day 9}: Trust

When I started this series about Passionate Pursuit to know God, I imagined it would be challenging to keep up. To write more frequently. Daily life is unpredictable. Even things I feel are safely predictable can unravel. As days passed and gaps between posts widened, I've sighed, fretted ...and learned. We pray, plan and implement.…