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.…

Dealing With Regret

Recently, a friend shared how burdened she is with regret in a particular relationship. She worried that a friend would forever be wounded by how she treated her and doubted whether she could ever forgive herself.  Have you ever felt like that?  I think most of us have. Today I thought I'd share an adaptation…

Where Has God Brought You, Today?

I stood among 700 women I'd never met, smiling on the outside and second-guessing on the inside whether I should be here. Then the ballroom lights dimmed, the worship band began, and as if on cue after the first verse, tears streamed down my face. I wasn't sad but overcome with gratitude to God. I…

All Of Life Is Not Right Now

  It was February. My involvements were comfortably manageable (which wasn't often the case), and I liked the rhythm of my week. Then one morning when I was praying, this thought came, "Step out of everything." Wait, what?! "Step out of everything." A baffled reaction whirled in me over the next few days—This doesn't make…

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…

When Circumstances Overwhelm Us

I have friends in Houston, Texas, and surrounding towns—you may also—who are experiencing the rains and winds of Hurricane Harvey's lingering effects. For all that can be predicted, they know they have to wait and then live through what actually comes. And that's hard. At the same time, all other challenging matters of life haven't…

Perspective for Your Right-Now Season

“They grow up so fast.”  Whenever someone said this to me, I paused for a second, thinking, I should probably appreciate her well-intended words.  But silently I reacted, Right now, it’s not going fast enough.  Days can be long.  Hard seasons feel endless. Mothers on the other side of our current season look in their rear…