Exactly five years and three months ago, I believed God for something impossible. It wasn’t a promise directly out of Scripture (though it was surrounded by Scripture reading and covered in prayer). This was more like a promise whispered from God's Spirit to mine. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t quite sure I was … Continue reading Reflections on God, Faith, and Promises
The Lord is not slow. Say what?
Does anyone remember the famous line from the 1980’s sitcom Different Strokes? Something doesn’t compute with Arnold Jackson. This little boy tilts his head, scrunches up his face, and makes his confusion known. Say it with me: “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?” I had a moment like that recently. In my prayer time, I was asking … Continue reading The Lord is not slow. Say what?
We’re at War
If he were to begin the account, I believe Dad would say what he said to Swede and me on the worst night of all our lives:We and the world, my children, will always be at war.Retreat is impossible.Arm yourselves.~ Reuben Land in Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger ©2001 We and the world, … Continue reading We’re at War
Noticing the Schemes of the Accuser
This morning I had to wake up early. That’s not completely unusual for me, but today it was my responsibility to drive my daughter to school. While this isn’t that big of a deal, it did mean that the time I usually have to myself first thing in the morning was reallocated. I’m used to … Continue reading Noticing the Schemes of the Accuser
I’m so annoyed! There’s something I’ve been waiting on that I really thought would have happened by now. I waited patiently for a while already. (I was kind of proud of myself for that.) But now I’ve reached my limit. I can’t keep waiting. You know what else is annoying? Just because I think I’ve … Continue reading Impatient
I’ve been really tired lately. Physically tired, yes, but more than that. It’s the kind of tired that feels as if there are weights pressing on my shoulders and pushing me toward the ground. Even the simplest of activities, such as making my bed or taking out the trash, feels heavy and annoying. Anything more … Continue reading Heavenly Ideas
With the shutdown of so much around me in the last year, at some point I noticed there was a shutdown going on within me as well. So much around me was different, and I began to lose some of the markers that tell me who I am. Maybe that’s a little over-stated. Of course, … Continue reading Making Room
Loss of the Familiar
Do you remember what it was like before life started throwing us so many curveballs? When work, school, sports, restaurants, churches, etc. were a standard part of life – not perfect, but at least not cancelled or closed every time you turned around. When we could mindlessly scroll Facebook for hours – not energized, but … Continue reading Loss of the Familiar
The Shortest Verse in the Bible
"Jesus wept." I was pretty young when I learned of this verse. According to my elementary school classmates, it was the shortest verse in the Bible. I don’t remember whether I looked up the verse at the time. Most likely, I looked for an opportunity to show off my newfound knowledge to some unsuspecting classmate … Continue reading The Shortest Verse in the Bible
Making Room: An invitation to a journey
Dear friends, The number of losses encountered in the last year has been staggering. We have dealt with countless surprises, challenges, and adjustments that needed to be made. To our credit, we have stepped into some of these changes with enthusiasm (or at least a bit of energy). Other times we have grumbled but made … Continue reading Making Room: An invitation to a journey