Advertising God’s Wisdom

We are living in some of the most polarized times in history. Yet, at this particular moment in history, God has appointed you to be alive. His plan and purpose are that you advertise His love and wisdom to the world. So, how are you doing at fulfilling your life calling?  I read these verses…

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The Wisdom of Withdrawing

One of the most profound verses in the gospels to me personally is Luke 5:16, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” I find it so intriguing that the physician Luke was the one who made this observation. The demands of Jesus’ ministry were great. Everyone wanted a piece of Him. If you’re…

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4 Injections of Hope from Psalm 99

Psalm 99 is loaded with good news. As I was reading it this morning and praying for you, my readers, I realized that tucked in this worship song are four injections of hope! Are you ready? You might write them down as reminders for this new week! The LORD Reigns (Psalm 99:1). It might feel like…

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3 Promises You Can Trust God to Keep

One day we had a bunch of our grandkids over. In the morning I had told my little granddaughter, Tori, that we would bake brownies – but as the day progressed, I forgot all about my promise. Later near dinner time, Tori’s older sister, Rayna, reminded me. I realized it was too late to make…

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Making Sense of a Senseless War

Over the last 14 days, I’ve been trying really hard to make sense out of that which is senseless. The war in Ukraine has surfaced a lot of emotions in me: anger and rage, admiration and scorn, shock and sadness, fear and uncertainty, helplessness and despair.  I’ve been praying lots of imprecatory prayers while also…

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5 Questions to Ask the Next Time You’re Offended

Maximus the Confessor (580-662 AD) was a Christian theologian, a monk, and an advisor to Constantinople. He taught about “interior freedom” which could only be experienced by those “who can close their eyes to the fault of a friend.”[1] Nothing hurts quite like the betrayal of a friend. We assume someone has our back, and…

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Straining, Striving, Struggling…STOP.

This past week I was reading in Mark 6. Jesus had gone off for some time alone with the Father. He had sent his disciples across the lake with the promise of catching up with them later. Later, likely in the middle of the night, Jesus looked out across the lake and scripture tells us, “He…

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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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