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Puzzling Silence

Puzzling Silence

Puzzling Silence It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. Proverbs 25:2 here’s no greater feeling in the world than finding the last piece of a puzzle and locking it into place. At least that’s how I...

The Wait

The Wait

The Wait …the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from Heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’"Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age… Luke 3:21b-23a...

Reframing the Bad

Reframing the Bad

Reframing the Bad Give thanks in all circumstances. Thessalonians 5:18 ave you ever thanked God for the bad things that have happened to you? I can picture your face, because I’m probably making the same one. Bad things are bad! They cause hurt,...

If The Bones Are Good

If The Bones Are Good

If The Bones Are Good I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 ver walk by a glimmering make up counter…or a brand new luxurious home...

If It Seems Slow, Wait For It

If It Seems Slow, Wait For It

If It Seems Slow, Wait For It I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the Lord answered me: ‘Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he...

In Him

In Him

In Him For in him we live and move and exist.Acts 17:28a  Do you feel the pull? You are trying to stay rooted, yet your arms and legs are stretched in different directions. It could be the needs of your family. It could be job responsibilities....

Rest in Me

Rest in Me

Rest in Me Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 rolls on. Summer is fading into fall and we still are feeling the effects. Strangely, as restrictions have loosened up, life seems to feel heavier. The simplest things, falling asleep, staying...

What Would Jesus Do?

What Would Jesus Do?

What Would Jesus Do?One day, early in our marriage, my husband came home from work frustrated. His supervisor was calling the black men he worked with “boy.” My husband recalled standing there shocked and offended. It was clear his colleagues were offended. Yet, no...

We Remember

We Remember

We Remember God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should changeAnd though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea…God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved…Cease striving and know that...

I Didn’t Sign Up For This

I Didn’t Sign Up For This

I Didn't Sign Up For ThisI have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 hen we moved to Carroll County almost six years...

When a Loved One is Struggling

When a Loved One is Struggling

When a Loved One is StrugglingWe are blessed to live in a time and society where conversations about mental health are not only accepted but supported. The open conversations in our culture surrounding mental health have created an environment in society where people...

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12 oth of my little boys lost a tooth last month and in an instant, their smiles were different. When it happened, each held their tiny tooth in their...

When To Seek Professional Help

When To Seek Professional Help

When to Seek Professional Help  A counselor I know once described therapy like this: There are the things about ourselves that we know we know. How much sleep we need to be able to function in the morning or what foods will make us sick. There are also things...

Pulling Back the Curtain

Pulling Back the Curtain

Pulling Back the Curtain I'm bursting with God-news; I'm dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened--I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten...  Luke 1:46-49...

What We Can Learn From Loneliness

What We Can Learn From Loneliness

What We Can Learn From Loneliness   hen I feel lonely, I usually want that feeling to go away as quickly as possible. I might get coffee with a friend, binge watch Parks & Rec on Netflix, or do anything else that will distract me from the...

With Hope

With Hope

With Hope His Love has the first and last word in everything I do. 2 Corinthians 5:13 was stopping for coffee one morning and pulled into the drive through line. It was a busy morning and the cars waiting in line spilled out into a very busy road,...

Lament: The Freedom to Feel

Lament: The Freedom to Feel

Lament: The Freedom to Feel  e are wired to avoid physical pain. Just watch any toddler touch a hot candle after being told not to. Chances are, he won’t be in a hurry to do it again. Yet physical pain serves a purpose, helping us to focus on...

Kept for Jesus Christ

Kept for Jesus Christ

Kept for Jesus Christ Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all...

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries   y mother is mentally ill. (Full disclosure: I was in my twenties before I was able to say this sentence aloud).   She suffers from a personality disorder that cannot be treated medically and that makes it near...

Worship and Prayer

Worship and Prayer

Worship and Prayer  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.  Psalm 149:6 or a chronic headache sufferer, worship and prayer is the only combination that not only helps me survive, but helps me thrive. In...

Isolation vs. Solitude

Isolation vs. Solitude

Isolation vs. Solitude  solation is an evil twin of solitude. Because they’re twins, they often get mistaken for one another. It’s only when you see how they affect the world around them that you can begin to tell them apart. It’s crucial to...