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….

You are Known

“Your saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (Psalm 139:16). I believe wanting to be known is one of our greatest desires. I’m not talking about basic things like favorite hobbies or hangouts. I’m talking…

Triumph Through Tragedy

“In all things, God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28). In the true story The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom and her family are put into a concentration camp for hiding Jews during WWII. While incarcerated they continue spreading God’s love to other prisoners. When Corrie is released she helps…

Eternal Hope

…But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). True hope based on God’s eternal promise is stabilizing; not blown away by ‘winds of change’ or steered of course by earthly desires….

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…