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Three Words That Change Everything

    An email arrived in my inbox yesterday, words written by a woman whose husband died recently. She described her concerns for her young adult children and her frustration over lacking a sense of purpose since becoming a widow.   My heart hurt for her. That pain added to the hurt I’ve felt for… [ read more ]

The Truth About Trying to Hide Sin

    I began eating in secret when I was about six years old. My dad brought home a stash of chocolate bars and little bags of potato chips from a restaurant where he’d done some electrical work. The restaurant owner was doing a remodel job and needed to clear out his storage room, so… [ read more ]

Reflecting on God’s Goodness as Summer Draws to an End

  After a wonderfully crazy-busy summer, I’m sitting in the cockpit of our boat-home, sipping coffee and soaking in the sunshine. As I do so, I’m reflecting on the many demonstrations of God’s goodness over the past eight weeks.   says, “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one… [ read more ]

Fasting for a Purpose

    Most believers acknowledge fasting as a spiritual discipline. The late author and missionary Dr. Wesley L. Duewel explained it this way: “Fasting in the biblical sense is choosing not to partake of food because your spiritual hunger is so deep, your determination in intercession so intense, or your spiritual warfare so demanding that… [ read more ]

How to Respond Amidst Life’s Little Annoyances

How do we respond when life’s little annoyances crop up?   For the past week, I haven’t been able to log into my Facebook account on my laptop. That means responding to comments and posting my blog using my phone. I can manage the former, but doing the latter requires a learning curve, time, and… [ read more ]

Obedience and Attitude

Let’s say a mother asks her child to empty the dishwasher. How might that child respond?   “Aw, Mom. Do I have to?” The child dawdles to the kitchen muttering, “Why do I always have to empty the dishwasher? Why can’t someone else do it?” “Sure, Mom.” An hour later, the child still hasn’t done… [ read more ]

How to Overcome the Stress of a Busy Schedule

    Do you ever look at your calendar or to-do list and wonder how you’ll get everything done?   This morning I looked at my schedule for upcoming ministry trips and asked myself how it accommodates for time with our family, my senior mom, our neighbors in the marina, and my writing projects. But… [ read more ]

When God Says, “Now”

  On New Year’s Day I opened my Bible to . There, in the margin, I read the words I’d written sometime in the past: “God’s purposes may sometimes appear blurry, but He is always at work quietly behind-the-scenes. At some point He says, ‘Now.’ He takes action, and details begin falling into place in… [ read more ]

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might Be Content

Hi, friends! How was your Christmas? Ours was memorable as we drove through the Rockies to Alberta to visit my mother and brother and his family. The weather in the mountains, and on the prairies, can change in minutes. And it did. I’m grateful for safe travels on icy roads, and I’m thankful to be… [ 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 ]