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Posts Tagged: fear

Why I Didn’t Want This One-Word for 2020

  Determining the Lord’s focus word for me at the start of each year is usually a fun exercise. This year the process has been less fun and more a painful path to self-discovery.   My word is—drum roll, please—“listen.”   It’s not the word I wanted. I tried to ignore it. I picked and… [ read more ]

The Good News About Doing Battle

  Life being what it is, the list of battles we face seems endless. Here are a few examples:   Financial strain/unemployment Relationship issues Health, weight, food addictions or eating disorders Grief Disappointment over unfulfilled expectations Fear Sorting and setting priorities when so many things demand our time and attention A sense of helplessness when… [ read more ]

3 Actions to Take When We Feel Mistreated

I read an email this morning about a pastor who’s invested his life in his congregation but who’s now, quite frankly, being shafted by a disgruntled deacon. Sometimes ministry stinks.   Sometimes life stinks.   Stuff happens. Misunderstandings crop up within churches, in the workplace, and in families. We see circumstances through one lens; others… [ read more ]

A Life-Changing Lesson Learned Through a Child

Little people teach me much about spiritual truths. Here’s one example: On a recent outing, my two-year-old grandson Micah grew frightened by a wasp that hovered too close. He ran to me and climbed into my lap. I wrapped my arms around him, and he clung to me. There he felt safe because he knew… [ read more ]

How Can We Enter God’s Rest?

  So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest. (Hebrews 3:19)   Last year, in the midst of dealing with a ruptured Achilles tendon and a knee injury, I also struggled with insomnia. That experience lasted for several months, and it was not fun.   After I… [ read more ]

Facing a Army

Lord, please show me what to do. News of an impending attack from neighboring territories drove King Jehoshaphat to his knees. “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us,” he prayed. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” No fancy words, no long-winded monologue…. [ read more ]

Overcoming Fear in a Sometimes Scary World

When people hear about our overseas ministry travels, they sometimes ask us, “Aren’t you afraid?” They refer to our traveling in countries where we don’t understand the language, we (as obvious foreigners) must be alert to the risk of pickpockets in trains and train stations, and driving on narrow tree-lined highways where passing slower vehicles… [ read more ]