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Faith and Selective Memory

We’ve often heard the term “selective memory.” It semi-explains our ability to remember only certain things.   Take (some) kids, for example. It’s funny how they can remember to meet their friends at a pre-arranged place and time but can’t remember to throw their dirty clothes in a laundry hamper or call Mom or Dad… [ read more ]

Be Intentional to Finish Well — Guest Post by Dawn Wilson

Today I”m happy to introduce a fellow teacher and author–Dawn Wilson. She and I belong to AWSA — Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. We share the same passion to see women transformed by the power of God’s Word. One of my recent newsletter articles really resonated with Dawn, and she emailed to say so. Recognizing… [ read more ]

Human Wisdom and Faulty Brick Walls

When my husband and I lived in Nepal, he worked as a civil engineer on a hydro project for a couple of years. Then he was asked to oversee a renovation project at a mission hospital. One day he leaned on a brick retaining wall at the construction site. To his shock, the wall collapsed…. [ read more ]

To What Voices Do You Listen? – Part 1

I’ll always remember the voice on the phone that day: “Why do you bother doing what you do? If I were you, I wouldn’t even have tried.” The woman was referring to my writing and speaking ministry. Her words so shocked me that I didn’t know how to respond. The conversation ended moments later and… [ read more ]

How to Respond When Someone Hurts You

  I’ve admired Job for a long time, but my respect for him just climbed another notch. This guy suffered unspeakable anguish when he lost his children and all his earthly possessions. Then boils ravaged his body. As if that weren’t enough, his friends gathered around him and, with skewed theology, tried to explain the… [ read more ]

Jesus is Enough…Really?

  One of my Polish friends sends emails to me a couple times each week. Writing in English is challenging for her, so she keeps her messages short. Her last email said simply, “.”   My friend loves Jesus with all her heart, and she’s a valiant prayer warrior. Whenever she sends me a Bible… [ read more ]

How Can We Know God’s Will for Our Life?

I often hear people ask, “What is God’s will for my life?” Asking that question hoping to discover details such as where we should live, what career we should pursue, and who we should marry, can put us through a lot of stress. Focusing too long and hard on it can result in fear—before long,… [ read more ]

Arrow Prayers — Short but Effective

  Conversing with God doesn’t have to be formal or complicated. Sometimes it resembles what we call an “arrow prayer”—brief and pointed. Here’s an example, taken from Nehemiah’s life:   “The king asked, ‘Well, how can I help you?’ With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, ‘If it please the king, and… [ read more ]

Can We Count on God?

  “I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word” ().   What does it mean to count on someone? It means we place our trust in him. We have confidence that he will help us.   On Wednesday morning I counted on a… [ read more ]

Seeking Wisdom is Good, But Something Else is Even Better

How many “aha” moments can a person have in a short period of time? I feel as though they’re coming at me from every direction. Each time they hit me, I wonder why I haven’t noticed these truths earlier. Learning never stops, nor should it!   The speaker at the family Bible camp I attended… [ read more ]