What Good is Your Mess if it Doesn’t Minister?

The Bible tells us in this life we will have trouble (John 16:33). We birth some from our brokenness, and more from the natural process of being alive, and some we create because of sin and rebellion. Today I’m grateful for the hard lessons marked by grief, loss, and betrayal; the years wasted by addiction,…

Three Cool Lessons from the Book of Job

If you’re going through a difficult time reading the book of Job might elevate your perspective. The first thing you’ll probably realize is things could always be worse! In addition to all the tragedy that befell Job, he had lousy friends too! God allowed Satan to test Job. Although God never explains why, what we…

Why Does God Allow Us to be Re-injured in the Same Place Again?

“There’s no easy way out, There’s no shortcut home, There’s no easy way out, Givin’ in can’t be wrong” (Robert Tepper – Rocky IV). Sometimes life is a bit like a boxing match. You barely manage to get back up and into the ring and BAM! You’re down again. That’s pretty much what my life…

All Humans Are Created in God’s Image

  In light of recent events I’d like to share that God created all humans in his own image. ALL HUMANS of every race, tribe, culture, nation etc… When asked how she loved so well, mother Theresa simply said that in every person she recognized Jesus. We can make a huge difference in the world,…

This is How God Romances Us

  I’ve always loved exploring nature. While hiking in the mountains on our recent trip to Washington I experienced moments of feeling overcome by beauty. There were times when I actually feared I couldn’t capture it all so I spent hours climbing one hillside after another taking hundreds of pictures. Up in the Cascades you’re…

Sometimes our ‘Limitations’ are Gifts

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14). I recently took a personality test on temperament and scored a perfect 10 on ‘introvert.’ I had to laugh as I wondered how…

God is Watching You…but Not From a Distance

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3). My little world was bright and white as the sun reflected off the snow that rare Alaska morning. I sensed a presence looking down at me; watching me as I played in the snow. I looked up to…

What is the Hardest Thing You’ve Ever Had to Give Up?

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1 Timothy 6:7). I never realize how much stuff I have until it’s time to move it all. What used to fit in the back of my pickup now requires a moving truck the size of a semi. Sometimes…

Is it Ever OK to Not Want to Recover?

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) Mental illness, addiction, and other traumas plague many families including my own. When I chose to recover it was a long and sometimes difficult journey…

The Message in God’s Creation

My husband and I love hiking together. We’ve visited over 60 national parks in the time we’ve been married. While gazing in awe at the Grand Canyon from Cape Final; frightfully looking down at Yosemite Valley from Taft Point; staring in wonderment at the snow capped mountains from Olympics’ Hurricane ridge; or breathing in the spray…

This is Another Thing that Could Be Drowning Out God’s Voice

  You word is a lamp on my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119). In a previous piece I wrote about how listening to too many opinions can make it hard to hear God’s voice. This dovetails with another thing that can drown out God’s voice; an unclear sense of identity; not really…