I wonder if anyone saw us.

I wonder if anyone saw us weeping in the Taco Bell booth that Sunday.  God did.  *** I forgot a bag at my parents’ last weekend. They live two towns away.  Short on time, I texted Dad to confirm the bag was still there before I made the inconvenient drive. He immediately offered to meet…

Will He really leave you now?

He was here for you before anything ever was. He’ll be here for you in this mess.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2 NIV.) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear…

Loving the hard ones.

Friend, I have a feeling there is someone hard to love sitting right in front of you.  I know you have all the the reasons to ignore her. She’s rejected you. She’s high-maintenance. She’s critical. She’s a downer. She’s arrogant. She’s self-centered. She’s cold. She said ugly things about you. She took advantage of you….

Can’t He redeem these facts?

The fallout from your pain feels untenable today.  Whatever’s happened has you standing outside your own life, peering in like a shocked onlooker.  What happened? How could this happen?  This ugly set of facts.  This life-altering diagnosis.  This betrayal.  How can it ever be made right?  I won’t tell you it’s okay today; it looks…

If you find yourself discontented.

If I’m bent out of shape because something’s not going my way, that something’s likely out of order.  Because if that something is ordered under His Lordship, then my Peace remains unaffected by results.  If you’re straining toward something and can’t have enough, there’s likely something deeper here for you. Something you’re not finding in…

Too tired to read your Bible? Too tired not to.

Too tired to read your Bible? Too tired not to.  God’s very Word sits on those pages, ready to unkink our tangled minds and water our dry souls.  You may be confident in your ability to wall off misleading emotions and thoughts. But even our best reasoning and thinking is risky without Jesus.  What’s more—…

Every realization of grace.

When the still, small voice of the Spirit convicts, you can be certain there will always be rich grace that accompanies it.  You can also be certain the enemy will try to rail against it.  How will he do this?  Self-condemnation, of course. He lost a battle when you fell on your face before Jesus….

Call a trusted friend.

The enemy will make you feel alone unless you sin and even more alone if you give into that sin.  Want to dismantle his schemes? Confess your weaknesses and sins to a trusted friend.  Of course, confess your sins to the Lord Jesus. He is our Savior who forgives and transforms us.  We are forgiven,…

Everything I need.

You’re looking high and low to fill a hole in your heart.  You need only look one place.   Jesus Christ.  Anything found outside of Him will be a fraud; a counterfeit solution that feels helpful and satisfying. One that’s temporary and leaves you thirsty.  Do you need a reason to keep living? You’re straining…