The Hope of Christmas

  In the beginning … God. In the beginning, God created. God created man for His own pleasure. God created man for relationship; for intimacy with Himself. But then man separated himself from God. (It was never the other way around—it is still never the other way around.) Man hid. Man has been hiding ever … More The Hope of Christmas

Getting Through it: Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful” Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Right? For some it is, but for others, well, not so much. For some people the holidays are hard–sometimes really hard. The reasons are varied, but many feel especially vulnerable and alone this time of year. Although we have more ways of connecting than ever, a growing number of people … More Getting Through it: Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful” Time of the Year

Monday Morning Musings: Letting Go of Pain

On this week’s podcast “Letting Go of Pain” I share a testimony from my own experience of letting go. I had previously written about this particular story and it was published in an anthology book called God Allows U-Turns back in 2006. Since I’ve never published it here, rather than rewriting it slightly differently, I’m … More Monday Morning Musings: Letting Go of Pain

Back to Basics

Sometimes you need to keep things simple–really simple.  Really, sometimes you just need to go back to basics.  I’ve been in that place lately. On one hand, it is a ridiculously exciting time to be alive. I feel a shift in the spiritual atmosphere that I’ve never felt before. I’ve heard amazing testimonies on a larger … More Back to Basics

Resurrected Hope

Hope.  That sometimes elusive, always essential, element of human life. I’ve heard it said that we can live for weeks without food, days without water, and minutes without air—but we can’t live a second without hope. Yet life is unpredictable. It is filled with situations that we simply cannot control. Hardships of every shape and … More Resurrected Hope

Forever Bound

I’m a prisoner of hope I’m captive to grace I’m bound by the strong cords of love Yet I’m free I’m gloriously Wonderfully Marvelously Amazingly Free To be Everything He created me to be In hope In grace In love Because I’m madly Passionately Head-over-heels In love With the One Who first loved me May … More Forever Bound

Happy Endings

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be authentically me-especially as it relates to what God has called me to in terms of the message(s) He has given me to communicate. As I was pondering these things, I remembered this post I wrote a few years ago. I think I needed … More Happy Endings

Expectancy

“During those days, everyone was gripped with messianic expectations, believing the Messiah could come at any moment …” –Luke 3:15 tPt Perhaps some of them had been around long enough to remember the stir some thirty years back. The rumors. The rumblings that Messiah had been born in Bethlehem. Sure, it had been quiet since … More Expectancy

Feeling Nostalgic

I haven’t been posting a lot lately. My thoughts and attention have been elsewhere. I can only do so many things and do them well, so I’ve learned not to force the areas that don’t seem to be flowing. I have a very high value for being intentional with my time and resources, and it … More Feeling Nostalgic

What If?

Note: I originally posted this about a year ago but a recent conversation with a friend brought it to mind. I think I needed to ask “What if?” again. Maybe you do too … What if? It’s a question we’ve all asked. It’s a question that taunts and torments many in the dark of night … More What If?