Conntecting the Dots

Monthly Archives: May 2011

My Secret to Inner Peace

John 14:1 says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me.” Verse 27 says, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” The command is clear—don’t let my… [ read more ]

3 Truths to Help Us Overcome Fear

On Wednesday’s blog, I wrote about the simple but life-changing truth found in Psalm 118:5,6: “In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me,… [ read more ]

A Single, Life-Altering Thought

Canada celebrated the late Queen Victoria’s birthday last weekend. I celebrated, too, by turning off my computer and escaping for two days alone with my husband. It was so restful that I’d be tempted to do it again this weekend if I wasn’t speaking in Edmonton! While on this mini-retreat, I played Scrabble, reflected, and… [ read more ]

Blemish-Free

Today’s society puts ‘way too much emphasis on perfect skin, don’t you think? You’ve gotta be blemish-free to be beautiful, so you’d better take out a loan and start collecting soaps, creams, and concealers. I remember my terrible teens—those days when my skin broke out and declared itself my personal foe. I spent all my… [ read more ]

3 Characteristics of True Friendship

What does true friendship really look like? I guarantee it runs deeper than Facebook. Here are three characteristics that I glean from the friendship between David and Jonathan: “One day near Horesh, David received the news that Saul was on the way to Ziph to search for him and kill him. Jonathan went to find… [ read more ]

Turning Fear to Confidence

Yesterday our pastor spoke about overcoming fear. It’s an endless topic, it seems, with endless reasons to feel afraid. This week, farmers in Manitoba wait and watch as floodwaters approach and fill their fields. In the southern States, the Mississippi river rises and workers desperately try to avert a catastrophe that could exceed Hurricane Katrina…. [ read more ]

A Taste of Honey

What do you do to stay refreshed in the midst of a busy and sometimes downright difficult life? King Saul’s son, Jonathan, found refreshment when he dipped a stick into a piece of honeycomb and ate the honey (1 Samuel 14:24-27). He’d spent the day fighting the Philistine army, battling to the bitter end. He… [ read more ]

Replacing God

It’s easy for me to judge the Israelites as slow learners when I read about their Old Testament adventures, or should I say, misadventures.  For instance, take the time when they made a golden idol and then worshiped it while waiting for Moses to return from his mountaintop meeting with God. Psalm 106:19-21 says, “The… [ read more ]

The Intentional Spiritual Life

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of being intentional about my health. As a result, I try to eat nutritious food and workout at a gym at least three times per week. Believe me, some mornings I’d rather sleep in, but I know my body will feel sluggish if I choose… [ read more ]

Prayer for My Children

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m posting a prayer I wrote for my three kids several years ago. Enjoy, and feel free to share it with other moms and grandmas! Dear Father, If I focus on the state of the world around me… Families broken Integrity lost Truth abandoned Rights demanded Life devalued I could… [ read more ]