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…

The Best Trade Deal Ever

One definition of ‘trade’ reads: “To exchange articles of more or less even value.” I traded in: Addiction for freedom; anger for peace; loneliness for love; self-pity for empowerment; emptiness for fulfillment; shame for honor; failure for success; aimlessness for purpose; and sorrow for joy. Who would make a deal like that? It’s Jesus Christ,…

I Got your Butterflies (and so much more)

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). I was on a hike with some friends a while back when I tried to catch a photo of a beautiful butterfly but I wasn’t fast enough…

Love Really is all that Matters

A Grant study done over a 75-year period determined that love is the secret to a fulfilling life, which probably comes as no surprise to you. In fact, one man named Godfrey went into the study with bleak prospects for life satisfaction. He had the lowest rating for future stability and had previously attempted suicide….

Is God Bigger Than Your Problems?

“The LORD is close to the Brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Life on earth is so short and no amount of fame, money, brilliance, talent, charisma or good looks can bring happiness. They’re all transitory. I know that if God hadn’t intervened in my life, I would have eventually…

It’s Never too Late to Bloom Again

The announcement of spring is like a canvas of color decorating the ground across the fields and valleys. It ascends through the trees where branches bud new life, birds sing, and nature awakens once more. It’s a great reminder that new beginnings belong to the cycle of life, and no matter what’s happened in yours,…

Who are You?

“…And in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (Colossians 2:10). Who are you? It was a relief after I got married, because if someone asked me I could say: “wife to a wonderful man.” Typically, I would answer with a summary of my radio career because that’s what defined me for so long. However,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…