It’s a remarkable thing when a mere human and the mighty God walk together so closely that their reputations become entwined. In Genesis 4:15 Pharaoh looked to Joseph for God-like feats. Sometimes others ask of us what only God can
I had the honor of speaking at a conference in beautiful Barcelona, Spain last October. Barcelona is a feast for the eyes with its ornate architecture and magnificent cathedrals. But it wasn’t only the grand that captured my attention. I
I get it. Living in a world like ours drains you. It’s not just the break-neck speed we move at these days or the to-do lists that seem to be on auto-reload just when, finally, there are only four or
If pain from the past is on repeat in your head and heart, know this. Living in turmoil today doesn’t fix yesterday. Finding peace in the present is often the first step to a kind of healing that somehow redeems the past. Out of that peace, we find courage and wisdom to know what to do next–even if it is just to quietly, prayerfully wait for God to fix what we cannot.
Here’s the thing: the Eternal One redeems even the most crazy, messed up, broken parts of our stories. That’s why I had this little cuff bracelet made as a self-reminder to stop letting past regrets steal today’s joys: NO REWIND. ONLY REDEMPTION.
To anyone who needs and reads this truth: take a big, deep breath of relief that you aren’t meant to live forever under the heavy weight of “then.” Jesus, the Redeemer of past pain is also the Peace-Giver for “now.” And that makes moving towards all that is yet to come a more hopeful journey. #inthistogether #norewindonlyredemption
1. I have the sweetest family and the most wonderful friends. (Thanks to all who lit up the way into this new decade with your many colorful expressions of celebration and kindness!) 2. Each year, each day, each
I was never a Boy Scout (or even a Girl Scout) but “be prepared” has somehow become my unofficial motto in life. I’m the one to ask if you need dental floss, hand sanitizer, Shout Wipes, or Tylenol. I’m happy
Forty-two years ago about this time, I was counting down. After all, my wedding was less than a week away. Like many June brides before and since, my days were filled with shopping for dresses, flowers, invitations, cakes, and all the
Somehow, through the thicket of despair and the snarled undergrowth of discouragement–even though thorns of doubt snag your soul and cause you to bleed resentment at the unfairness of it all, beat a path to praise. Grab the sturdy handle
Sometimes wisdom comes brightly, without fanfare or public announcement, from the smallest and sweetest among us. How do you explain what is behind the federal holiday we now know as Martin Luther King day to a five-year-old? That was the dilemma facing my daughter, Kristi,
Giving is the outward expression of a Jesus-owned heart. It is our hands leaving His fingerprints of generosity–His DNA of grace–on those we touch with kindness. But sometimes we wonder, what do we really have to offer to those around us that’s of