Conntecting the Dots

Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Key to Living Well

Psalm 119 is one of my all-time favorites because it’s loaded with spiritual truths designed to help us lead abundant lives. Its impact on me started ‘way back in my elementary school days when I attended Pioneer Girls club every Wednesday evening. The club’s key verse was Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp to… [ read more ]

What to Do When Life Gets Complicated

“It’s complicated,” said a young man with whom I spoke recently. In the past year, he made some life-altering choices, and those choices carried negative consequences. Now he stands at a crossroads and wonders which way to go. I admit—his situation is indeed complicated, but it’s not without hope. How can I be so sure?… [ read more ]

Got Joy?

Someone once said, “How do you spell joy? Jesus. Others, You.”  Simple, and true. Life works well when we keep Jesus as our first love and then, in turn, lavish love on others rather than focusing on ourselves. This morning I read some words that add a deeper dimension to the J in Joy.  They… [ read more ]

Does God Care About You and Me?

Stuff happens. A scan through newspaper headlines proves it: Kids get sexually abused by their sports coaches. A wife and her three teenage daughters are drowned (in Canada, nonetheless) by a polygamist husband whose culture demands him to defend his family’s honor.  A teenage dies after a stray hockey puck hits him in the throat…. [ read more ]

What's Your Source of Strength?

Whewee! What a day’s been. An exciting day, to be sure, but one that’s made me mindful of my dependence on the Lord for strength. The morning kicked off with a 30-minute drive to attend a meeting that started at 7:15. I make this trek every Monday to gather with a dozen or so men… [ read more ]

Hang in There, Baby!

Years ago, I saw a poster featuring a kitten suspended in air. Its paws clutched a knotted rope as the cat attempted to avoid falling. The words Hang in there, baby! were printed beneath the picture. Sometimes we resemble that cat. Difficult circumstances challenge us and leave us feeling frustrated, angry, disappointed, anxious, or weary…. [ read more ]

Jesus Prays for Me and You!

Hebrews 7:25 encourages me, especially on days when I’m frustrated, discouraged, or doubt-filled. It says, “Therefore he (Jesus) is able once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” Why does this verse encourage me? Because it assures me that Jesus is… [ read more ]

A Worship Song to Give You Strength in the Storms

Someone sent me this song a few days ago. She’d just received bad news about one of her parents and said she found encouragement in the truth of these lyrics. I can see why! I want to share this song with you with a prayer for God to meet you at your deepest point of… [ read more ]