Enlarged in the Waiting

Dear Friends, This verse of Scripture has been showing up everywhere it seems – and when that happens I know I need to pay attention. The Message version of the Bible says it incredible well: “All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more

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Change is inevitable, Progress is optional

Greetings to all of you! These words above came to me when I was at the very weakest point in my life. In 2004 I had brain surgery to mitigate a brain seizure disorder called trigeminal neuralgia. The surgery stopped the seizures but the nerve coating on that cranio-facial nerve was disintegrated and needed to rebuild. After 2 years of debilitating pain and being confined to the couch I was finally able to get up and try to figure out how to ‘do life’ again. It was not easy. So much had changed! Life as it had been no longer

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Happy Mother’s Day 2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Whether you have a mom or are a mom, or neither, this is a day to celebrate the way women care for the people they love.  Here’s a quote from my book The Divine Invitation about Mama Bears: “Mother-love is nurturing, constant, life-giving, lifelong, fierce, tender, tough and unstoppable. It is the kind of love that comes from having been connected to your own child in your own body. It’s like the invisible, inseverable umbilical cord that endures for a lifetime after the physical cord is cut at birth.” I raised 5 children and I know this

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SOUL DEBRIS

SOUL DEBRIS Dear Friends,  The picture here is not very pretty. None of us would want to be on this beach with all the trash laying around! As many of us have extra time on our hands during quarantine, what if we took the time to do some clean-up? I’m thinking of the things we usually put off. Cleaning closets, garages, drawers, etc. etc. As important as those are, there’s yet a more important kind of clean-up that requires prayer, reflection and evaluation. It’s about cleaning up SOUL DEBRIS.  Last week I wrote a blog about the possibility of our

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Is this rude awakening preparing the way for a Great Awakening?

I’ve been wondering about this. I’ve heard a few people mention that they believe this is true. I suspect it is! Great Awakening refers to 4 movements in our history when people “woke up” from spiritual slumber, experienced a profound sense of conviction and spiritual revival and became increasingly devoted to Jesus as Lord. The first one was in the 1730’s and 40’s with Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield and others as the passionate preachers leading the way in this awakening. The second one was in the late 18th century to mid 19th century – this time without the big-name preachers

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The Secret to Giving in Uncertain Times

Dear friends, Can you identify with feeling that no matter how much you give to someone or to a cause you believe in, it will never be enough? I’m not just talking about money, I’m thinking about giving of yourself, your time, your efforts, your resources of any kind. I confess that sometimes I don’t give the little bit I could because I feel it will just be like a drop in a bucket that doesn’t make much difference. In these uncertain times, it would be easy to just stop giving to conserve resources “just in case” out of insecurity.

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Turn Your Trials Into Treasure

Dear friends, I’ve been thinking about you, wondering how you are doing as this pandemic and all the trials related to it continue on. It has been several weeks now and we don’t know how much longer we will be in quarantine. It is an Easter like no other! Are you feeling weary, discouraged, tempted to fear? I can relate! I feel all those things. But I have found something that causes me to be able to resist those temptations to become discouraged and fearful. I have confidence that we can turn our trials into treasure! Here’s where that confidence

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12 Things that Build an Unshakeable Life

Dear friends, Can you feel the shaking going on? When so much change and uncertainty comes upon us so suddenly we can’t help but feel jostled by it. Like an earthquake suddenly shakes the ground under your feet, so these times are shaking us and our world. Listen to the words of this verse of Scripture: Now this phrase “once and for all” clearly indicates the final removal of things that are shaking, that is, the old order, so only what is unshakeable will remain. Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakeable kingdom we should be extremely thankful

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Is it Hard for You to Rest?

Dear friends, Many of you know the Biblical story of creation in Genesis. In the midst of all the doing, God demonstrates a very fundamental concept: BEING. He rested, and just WAS on the 7th day. It can be hard to “just BE”. If you try to take a time of rest, your mind can start racing, you can start fidgeting because of your normal “go and do” orientation, or just a general discomfort with being still.   The best way I’ve found to enter into rest is a prayerful practice called Interactive Gratitude.  Step 1 – take a few deep

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Even though…Yet I will!

Dear friends, I’ve been thinking today about you all today as we face this nationwide, worldwide crisis with the coronavirus. This verse of Scripture has been coming to me, one where people from another era would have been experiencing some unusually difficult circumstances. Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, Yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God

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