Hope when Life is Out of Control

“This may feel uncomfortable, but it won’t harm you. Trust me.” My doctor’s attempts to reassure me did little to quell the fear rising inside. She’d just completed a detailed explanation of how her cure for my vertigo would involve taking me through a series of fast,...

The “Water-Walker” Within

I firmly believe there’s a “Water-Walker” within each one of us. Have you ever sensed, deep down inside, a divine stirring that awakens the promise of a new adventure? Maybe you felt a powerful tug on your heart to say “yes” to Jesus even though it didn’t make sense...

What if the Evening News led with the Good News?

What if the opening segment on the evening news didn’t highlight the latest crime or showcase the most recent political drama? What if the breaking news had nothing to do with violence but instead focused on the Living God who is currently on the move in unseen ways...

You’re Braver Than You Imagine!

  If you were to list the five bravest people you know, whose names would be highlighted on your “Warrior Wall of Fame?” My Bible reading recently included the bravery of Daniel and his three friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego whose faith landed them in some...

What’s So Special About Me?

My twin girls grappled deeply with the question of their identity as they grew and matured. All of us, if we dare to admit it, wonder about our purpose and what makes us special and unique. However, this question became a poignant source of angst for our youngest two...

Your Hand Holds Me

My kitchen counter overflowed with mouth-watering offerings provided by our ladies’ life group. Steam rose from the freshly delivered pizzas. The enticing flavor of garlic permeated the air, thanks to a friend who brought Olive Garden breadsticks and salad. Brownies,...

Do Our Prayers Matter?

  Friends, I sensed the Lord directing me to re-post this message from last November. I hope you enjoyed being reminded of the power of our prayers. “One bold prayer can accomplish more than a thousand well-laid plans.” (Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker) “More things...

No Proof? Dare to Hope!

When Lee and I were newly engaged, he deployed to Turkey for four weeks while stationed at Hill AFB, Utah. I was busy with Physical Therapy school in Lubbock, Texas, but during the month of his deployment, I bombarded him with cards and letters. (Sounds archaic,...

Surprise Endings

I never could have imagined the surprise that awaited me at the end of my day. Our son, David and his wife Danielle, were staying in our home for a few months as they transitioned to new jobs and a new home. It was a sweet gift getting to know them as a couple and...

Stunning Grace

Jerry Bridges, author of more than 20 books, passed away this past week at the age of 86. Although I never met him personally, I’ve been impacted by this man’s humble pursuit of Jesus through his writings. His frequent reminders to “preach the gospel to our hearts...