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…

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…

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…

Have You Ever Completely Missed the Point?

“Tell the people of Jerusalem, Look your king is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey-riding on a donkey’s colt” (Matthew 21:5). What happens when God’s will doesn’t line up with ours? It’s tempting to give up isn’t it? I’ll admit I’ve wanted to ‘throw in the towel’ more than once. There…

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,…