I’ve been working on writing up some notes from my grief journals and came across this from November 4, 2016: Read about a writer in Christianity Today named Ann Vanskamp — seven children, blogs, writes, and even has that little writing house Raouf talked of building me. Not jealous, but pondered on seeing it. Told … More Where pondering gets you
Read Judges 21:25. Have you ever been in a place in your life where things just seem to go from bad to worse? I think that sometimes, when I look at the world today. I wonder, “how much worse can it get?” It was like that in the days of ancient Israel. Once the people … More From bad to worse
As time continues on, loss has differing effects on your life and emotions. On most days, we remember with grateful hearts and sweet memories of times past, but there are those times when everything seems to happen at once. This year, the days of May 12 – 14, will each provide a reason to remember … More Three days in a row in love and loss
A young 11-year-old girl sits in a Christian ministry center in Iraq. Her name is Mariam. For three years she has been separated from her mother, who was kidnapped by ISIS fighters in 2015. Today, she would see her again. She waited, unsure of what was to come. Mariam’s eyes brighten when she sees her … More Whose baby is that?
My pastor has a cold. He called last night and let me know that he didn’t think he would make it to the service. I could tell he wasn’t feeling good, and told him we’d work it out and to get some rest. I sent a quick email to a couple of our leaders and … More When the Word penetrates
Read Deuteronomy 15:1-6 Have you ever had a loan and been in debt? I remember the first time I took a loan. I didn’t like the feeling, because the weight of carrying debt made me uncomfortable. I felt like I’d be paying it back forever. Debt is a huge problem in our world today, and … More The curse of debt
Did the Lord ever say to you, “Stop being busy and just enjoy time with the person you love?” He did that to me on Monday, when I realized that my youngest son would be home from college, but only for about 72 hours. What’s a mother to do? I decided to skip church, take … More A good day
I found this in my grief journal. It was written on February 25, 2016 Three months today – it’s hard to believe. Death comes but time marches on. He left me, and when I didn’t know if I could go on without him, autopilot kicks in, and I did: I’ve gone to work … More The List
Read John 15:18-27. He had given them comfort, had promised his Spirit, encouraged them to love each other and bear fruit. Yet, before he said a final prayer for his disciples, Jesus needed to warn them of what was to come. Life in the Vine, in Christ, is not going to be easy. If the … More What if I want people to like me?
Read John 15:1-17. During their final discipleship retreat, Jesus poured his heart out to his friends. He even told them, You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I … More What if I’m fruitless?