Conntecting the Dots

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3 Things to Remember About Honest Conversations With God

  Abram knew how to have honest conversations with God. On one occasion, God promised to protect him and give him a great reward. One might think Abram would’ve responded with a polite and enthusiastic thank-you. But he did not.   Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t… [ read more ]

How to Respond When God Interrupts Our Routine

  The Christmas rush has ended. My kids have returned to their homes. The local Christian radio station has returned to its regular playlists. And I’m returning to my routine.   I find a strange sort of comfort in routine. Perhaps it’s because “routine” equals “known.” It brings no surprises. It throws nothing unexpected at… [ read more ]

What Does True Love Look Like?

  A group of kids were asked to explain love. Here’s what they said: “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.  So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for… [ read more ]

How to Unwrap the Gift of Today

Every morning brings another day to us. We wake with a to-do list in our minds. Sometimes concerns about a sick loved one or a strained relationship or a potential job-layoff cloud our first thoughts.   We roll from bed and grab a bite to eat. Some folks nibble on spiritual nourishment, too, but many… [ read more ]

Why Should We Ponder the Deeds of the Lord?

  A recent TV program showed an interview with an astronaut aboard the international satellite space station. The conversation focused on the breathtaking sunrises he enjoys. The miracle and majesty of Earth and its place in outer space, not to mention the mystery of the planets and galaxies among which it whirls, ought to leave us… [ read more ]

A Hard Heart? Who—Me?

  The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. During that time, they saw God perform numerous miracles on their behalf. Imagine witnessing manna fall from heaven every morning, water gush from rocks upon command, and the Red Sea part to reveal dry land.   You’d think witnessing incredible acts of God would have… [ read more ]

Seeking God’s Guidance? Never Fear–He is Near

Friday’s blog about experiencing the nearness of God resonated with many readers. Thank you for posting comments and sharing your own stories and insights on this topic—I value them and I know that other readers do, too. We learn from one another.   Because of the response, I want to “camp” on this topic for… [ read more ]

How I Know God is Near

Several days ago my husband and I decided to spend an afternoon hiking. We were still recovering from jetlag, and we felt we’d benefit by setting aside ministry and office work for a few hours in lieu of fresh air and exercise. We packed a lunch, hopped in the car, and drove a half hour… [ read more ]

Hearing Little Voices

Do you ever hear little voices in your head? I’m serious. Do you? Or am I the only one who daily wrestles with voices that vie for my attention? They start the moment I wake up: “Get up and go to the gym. You’ll feel so good afterwards.” “The gym? It can wait. You need… [ read more ]

What an Egyptian Woman Taught Me About Servanthood

  Last week I spent a night at the Cairo airport awaiting my early morning flight to London. Minutes before catching the shuttle bus to our plane, I made a quick visit to the women’s washroom. I’ve traveled to many different countries, and I’ve visited many women’s washrooms along the way. In the poorest of… [ read more ]