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…

You are Unique, Not Limited

“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…

You Are Real

When I was a child I loved reading The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams 1922). It’s a story about a child’s toy that longs to be ‘Real.’ “What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?” “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin…

How Education Almost Ruined My Mind

“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training”  (Anna Freud). I’m 10 years old and really excited. I’m in fourth grade and it’s field trip day. Our class is going to visit the Super Computer! Now this is a fancy machine with a program that will tell you what you’re…

Will Time Ever Be on My Side?

“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.  They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years…

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…

False Guilt and Shame

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly sorrow brings death (2 Corinthians 7:10). Psychology today defines guilt as: a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined. Shame is defined as: the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous,…

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…

Do Miracles Actually Happen?

  I have a feature on my radio program called “The Morning Miracle” where listeners call in and describe the miracles God’s done in their lives. Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles should tune in because the stories are pretty mind blowing. I’ve heard of miraculous ‘hospital healings’ that stumped medical staff; near death experiences…

Why Do We Have Hope?

In this life, hope is a moving target. Our hopes change as we change. There are times when our hopes are fulfilled and seasons when they’re dashed. Even in the midst of grieving their loss new hope springs forth; and sometimes even those hopes are dashed too. And unfortunately so much of what we hope for depends on…