The Doubter is Destined to Drift

“As pharaoh approached, the Israelite’s looked up, and there were Egyptians marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord: “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?” (Exodus 10-11) Moses tells the Israelite’s to be still and the Lord will fight for…

Put Your Faith in the Water Walker

When we were in Israel we sailed across the Lake of Galilee. It was glorious! Rays of sunlight glistened through the clouds creating heavenly beams of light that illuminated the water. I couldn’t believe I was in the same place where Jesus calmed the wind and waves. Perhaps we were even sailing near where He…

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…

This is One Thing That Could Be Drowning out God’s Voice

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25). The fear of man has tripped me up in more ways than I can count. One of the biggest problems it’s caused me is a lot of confusion and difficulty in making decisions. When I…

The Void Where Shame Hides

I used to experience deep feelings of emptiness. I could be in a room full of people and still feel alone. Somewhere along the line I had created a shell, a ‘false front’ I wanted people to see instead of the real me. In a radio interview on Focus on the Family I heard author…

Confess and Be Blessed

It can be hard to confess our sins to God. I find it easier to avoid certain topics and pray for obvious things like my family, job, friends, or those in need. When it comes to my sins it’s tempting to gloss over them quickly or confess them silently lest I speak out loud and…

Why Sometimes it’s Safer In the Storm

Dr. David Jeremiah said: “It’s safer in the storm with Jesus in the boat than it is on the shore without Him.” The problem is it doesn’t always feel safe in the storm. I’m always tempted to take the easy way out when things get hard. Often times I want to keep quiet instead of speaking…

Have You Given Yourself Permission to Love?

I frequently ask God to help me love people better, including myself. I desired the kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13:5. One that’s not “self-seeking,” or “easily angered.” One that doesn’t ‘keep score.’ I learned it wasn’t possible until I gave myself permission: Permission to care about my feelings, to choose my relationships,…

Are You Afraid to get Your Shoes Muddy?

I came across an article in Forbes called  “Want the things you’ve never had? Then do the things you’ve never done.“ Reading a book instead of watching TV, or working out instead of eating Twinkies were just a few examples. Typically, I work out so I can eat more Twinkies, but that’s an entirely separate…

When Fear Steals Your Joy

My mother’s cries jerked me awake that fateful morning in 1977. A day of skiing turned tragic for my aunt and uncle during a snowstorm in South Lake Tahoe. They lost control of their car and went careening over the side of a cliff. My uncle Ben lived for an hour on life support but…