If you had stopped me in line at the store 266 days ago, I would not have believed the catastrophic breaking our family would experience. Honestly, focusing on what’s broken is easy. It’s easy to watch the physical, mental and emotional suffering that our family has experienced and only see the shattered pieces of lives… Continue reading Blessings in the Breaking
I recently listened to a sermon on John 5:1-18. This is the story of the lame man that has been lying by the pool of Bethesda with numerous other sick people-blind, crippled, paralyzed, etc.-all waiting for the pool to bubble up so that they could get into the waters and potentially be healed. In the… Continue reading Do You Want to be Healed?
I have spent my life reading various stories in the Bible. Stories about Moses, Abraham, David, Joseph…pick one. In each story, God makes his presence known in some way; then a period of time passes before God’s promise comes to fruition. In a matter of minutes, I can read the entire experience. But a lot… Continue reading Life Between the Chapters
Reading God’s promises in the Bible always gives me hope for whatever situation I’m facing. Promises about His forgiveness, blessings, grace, gifts, wisdom…on and on. What I often miss when I read His promises are the ‘ifs, ands, or buts’ that are the key to receiving the promise. Take Matthew 6:31-33: “So do not worry,… Continue reading Know Ifs, Ands, or Buts
I wonder how many times our unmet expectations of what we think God WILL do or SHOULD do in a situation leads us astray. How many times did Jesus’s closest friends and family search His face for a sign, any sign, while He was being beaten that God was in control? Did they search the… Continue reading Unmet Expectations
I had the privilege of speaking to the faculty and staff at my children’s school a few weeks ago during their in-service training. In my remarks to them, I included a section of dreams I had for my kids. Being honest, it’s also dreams I have for myself. It wasn’t until after my talk that… Continue reading Rowing Against the Wind
The kids and I were enjoying a rare cool summer morning as I watched the kids playing, I saw my oldest retaliate against his younger sister because of a hurt she had inflicted on him minutes before. Being the designated peacemaker, I called my son over to talk about his choices and that’s when I… Continue reading Justified