If you are brave enough to step outside of your comfort zone, you don't have to look long to encounter homelessness, poverty, disease, abuse, and other vast needs. Once you see the injustice with your own eyes, you might find it hard to return to business as usual. You donate some money to the cause, but the restlessness remains. What now?
So many say yes to salvation and no to an adventurous and abundant Christian life. Why would we request a downgrade?
Most of us take our precious gift of salvation and then run off to live a long life of “trying.” We try to be really good and keep the commandments. We try to love the unlovable. As we quickly find out, we just can’t do it.
What if I told you that my husband demands elaborate dinners every night? He only wants the freshest and finest ingredients, which means a daily trip to the grocery store. He doesn’t like to eat leftovers, so there isn’t even a night off. He wants fine wine, candles lit, and background music. You might have … Continue reading The Ultimate Christmas Swap
This extraverted middle child has suffered from a significant case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) for most of my life. As a teen and young adult my FOMO primarily obsessed over social events and finding the right husband. In my thirties, missing a great business opportunity occupied much of my FOMO real estate. At … Continue reading A New Kind of FOMO
Depictions of the Annunciation are perhaps my favorite of all Renaissance paintings. My husband and I joke that Mary looks like she is asking, “Who, me?” in just about every one of them. I would imagine this teenage girl from a poor family in a small town did not expect too much out of life. … Continue reading “Who, Me?”
You want to step out into your purpose but you may as well slay a giant…. My daughter and I often listen to the Jesus Bible Story Book on CD on the way to school and one morning we heard the story of David and Goliath. The narrator always keeps us laughing with his dramatic antics and … Continue reading Face Your Goliath
Most of us are busy creatures, not allowing ourselves time to look into the mirror of personality type to recognize our natural gifts and tendencies. Educating ourselves on type, empowers us to better love ourselves and others. In the process, though, we may awaken to the fact that we have been living as a fish … Continue reading Are You a Round Person in a Square Life?
Caller ID is a beautiful thing. It’s hard to remember a day when we couldn’t screen our calls. Just last week, Caller ID came to my rescue when I looked down at my ringing cell phone to see an incoming call from Egypt. Since I don't know anyone living in Egypt, I probably dodged an … Continue reading Egypt is Calling but Don’t Answer
Come away and rest… Ironically, one of the hardest things to do is rest. Why won’t we rest? Full schedules. Carpool followed by sports and dinner and homework. Full time jobs, social lives, and even ministry. Resting in a world that doesn’t rest. Perhaps the number one enemy of rest is the urgency of the … Continue reading Your Most Important Meeting of the Day