3 Priorities When Reading the Word

The Psalms have been a part of my daily Bible reading for years. I just love the poetic masterpieces that express raw emotion and at the same time authentic praise! This week I’ve been meditating on Psalm 119. Psalm 119 is a poetic masterpiece. In fact, it has been called a “Mathematical Masterpiece” by some…

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3 Invitations from God for You

One of my favorite things is a beautiful invitation. Right? It’s so exciting to be invited to a special event. I remember when Steve and I were living in Sudan receiving an invitation to the US Ambassador’s house for Thanksgiving dinner! What an amazing event that was. Psalm 95 offers us 3 beautiful invitations from…

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25 Great Questions for Leaders

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.”Andy Stanley One of the greatest skills leaders can cultivate is the art of great question-asking. Jesus was the Master of great questions: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). “Who do people say that I am?”…

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Praising God in Advance Restores Your Faith and Brings Peace

I remember that night so well. Swatting unwelcome mosquitoes, I knelt and prayed in the African hospital next to my 18-month-old daughter’s crib. Bethany was sick, very sick. The doctors at the hospital felt baffled and unsure of what to do next. I felt panicked and uncertain prayer would help. Steve felt anxious and unconvinced…

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Running Your Race with Resilience

This past week, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of leaders who are going into ministry. The passage the Lord laid on my heart was Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.…

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Calming Promises from the Prince of Peace

Bethlehem was all hustle and bustle as people from all over returned to pay their taxes. Street vendors saw the opportunity and likely set up early. Inn managers were a mix of excited and stressed as their rooms filled to capacity. Tax collectors saw dollar signs as people entered the streets of the ancient city…

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Wisdom to Honor Each Other

The book of Proverbs is filled with relational wisdom. From start to finish there are nuggets of truth that, if put into practice, will strengthen any relationship. Not only is relational wisdom needed in the church, workplace, and community but also, and most importantly, in our homes. If we can’t honor each other within our…

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The Spiritual Discipline of Waiting

Waiting is one of the most difficult of all the spiritual disciplines.  In our hurried, driven, fast-paced culture we have lost the art of waiting well. If there’s a long line at Target, we move over to self-checkout. If there’s a long line at the Starbucks drive-through, we sigh and wonder if we should run…

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3 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned from Cancer

I was recently asked to do an interview about my personal journey with breast cancer on one of Moody’s radio stations. As I prepared for that interview, God reminded me of all I learned through my breast cancer experience. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, I thought I’d share some of those lessons here…

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The Worship of Remembrance

I’m the sentimental type so I love to look back through photo albums from when my kids were little. As I look at the images, it reminds me of stories… Stories of God’s faithfulness, stories of God’s provision, stories of God healing, stories of God faithfully leading.  The Psalmist Asaph looked back as well. Not…

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