Save Us From Terror

Unaware! We were unaware of the terror that was about to happen in Paris last night. Unprepared! We were unprepared for such random, yet coordinated acts of violence. Unable! We were unable to

Tucked-In Prayers

There are certain life-phrases that stick with us and create a warm glow in our hearts. “Tuck me in, Mommy” is one of those phrases — the time spent between a parent and child

Don’t Give Up!

Well, we said a final goodbye to my dear Uncle Laurence on Saturday at Baseline United Methodist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. It was a hard day for me. He was such an important part of my

When Life Feels Uncertain

Life feels very uncertain. Things around me that have provided a daily sense of confidence and strength are sick, shaky, turned upside down, and in danger of vanishing altogether. My dear,

Prayer is Priceless

Keith and I were brainstorming about possible prayer slogans a while back. We started with the concept that “talk is cheap.” This spurred the thought, “Yeah, but prayer is priceless.” There is so
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Coming to Perfect Balance

“You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect!” This is the teaching of Jesus in his famous Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:48)  At first glance, this feels

A Morning Song

Do you have a morning song? A song that often flows from your heart when you first wake up in the morning? I have several that God uses as a reverse lullaby – a first greeting to Him – a

Hearts at Home Conference

The Hearts at Home Conference in Rochester, Minnesota, on the weekend of November 7-8 was a great fit for us. Here are some of the highlights. Thank you, Father, for all you did for us

A Harsh Reality

Renewal, remodeling, renovation — concepts that have been brought to life on HGTV in which do-it-yourselfers take something old and make it look new again. One of their most commonly used tools —

When Fear Takes Over

In some form, fear is part of each of our lives. I believe that God does not fault us for feeling fear — that seems to be an unavoidable part of the human experience, especially in certain

Waiting and Frustrated

I suspect that I am not the only one who asks God: “Why do I have to wrestle with you at times, Father, to get a simple answer?” “I would like to be able to sit down, look in your face, ask a

A Child’s Intelligence and Prayer

How am I smart? — an important question all children ask and deserve an answer to. If you haven’t read Dr. Kathy Koch’s book, How Am I Smart? A Parent’s Guide to Multiple

Meandering Persistence

Water! Water is my inspiration. Not a gushing mighty river, but a winding, meandering stream that courses it’s way through flat, uncharted territory to find its way to the sea. It is easy to fall


Sometimes, when I pray, I don’t have anything to say. I’ve already spoken to God about the concerns on my heart and I know he’s heard me. Yet I still desire to draw near to God, to spend

A New Zing Ding

This is the first official preview of one of my new Zing Dings — Proverbs for Modern Times. I think it has many applications to prayer. See what you think.   The OUGHT’S are out there

God at Work

You want to talk to God. Great! Now what? First, get to know him better for what he has done. It makes sense. After all, when you want to get to know another person, you watch them at work in

Unite My Heart

2 or 1. Which is better? It depends on whether I desire tacos or wisdom. When I’m hungry for tacos, 2 is great! But when I’m hungry for wisdom, 2 or more options — not so good. In Psalm 86:11

Even in the Farthest Galaxy

You want to pray with more heart. So do I. One way of growing in this endeavor is to take a prayer of the Bible and put it in your own words. The following is my way of re-praying Psalm 139

The Lowdown on Dirt

Two bushes in my yard — one is deep green and full of big, gorgeous leaves, the other is yellowish green, with sparse leaves. Both are the same type of bush, both get the same amount of

The Dreaded B Word

Young children are so honest! One little boy piped up in Children’s Church this weekend, “Oh no! Not prayer time. It’s so boring.” I feel like that more than I care to admit. And for me, I know
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