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3 Truths About the Hard Places of Life

No one enjoys the hard places of life, but sometimes they’re the richest. Genesis 28 tells the story of Jacob traveling to his uncle Laban’s home. This wasn’t a joy ride. He was running from his twin brother who wanted to kill him for stealing his blessing. () One night, Jacob set up camp and… [ read more ]

When the Storm Strikes

It was a September day, and Sailor-Man and I were boating back from Campbell River, BC after attending a friend’s memorial service. And then it happened: the sky blackened. Ominous clouds rolled in. The wind picked up and began whipping waves into froth. Thankfully, we’d seen the storm coming and had time to prepare, but… [ read more ]

Trusting God with our Concerns

  In a recent conversation about trusting God with our concerns, a friend reflected on bygone days when her kids were young. She recalled sleepless nights, laundry piles that multiplied by the minute, and temper tantrums (not hers!) over simple things like broccoli touching macaroni and cheese on one’s lunch plate. “Those times were challenging,”… [ read more ]

The Best Path Might be the Hardest

Today I’m pleased to host a guest blog by Kathy Howard. I’ve known her for several years and count her as a special friend. Her latest Bible study is Deep Rooted: Growing Through the Book of Acts. Enjoy this excerpt, and continue reading to learn more about Kathy and this Bible study.   Then Paul… [ read more ]

God Surrounds Us

  Every so often a Bible verse presents a visual image that sticks like glue to my sanctified imagination. is one of them: “Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, both now and forever.” This verse, especially with its use of the word ‘surround,’ has become a favorite in my… [ read more ]

Dependent Like a Baby

Our family has grown by two in the past month—a granddaughter and a grandson born only nineteen days apart. I haven’t been able to meet my granddaughter yet; I’m hoping that will happen in July. I have, however, been blessed to be living in the same household as my new grandbaby boy.   Josh is… [ read more ]

When God’s Love Doesn’t Look Like Love

  A familiar Sunday school song reminds us that Jesus loves us. That’s an easy truth to believe when all is well and life brings blessing upon blessing. But what about when life takes an unexpected turn and heads a direction we did not choose?   Joseph’s life is a prime example. He was betrayed… [ read more ]

3 Truths to Remember When You Feel Depleted

  I’ll be honest—I’m feeling a tad depleted. A culmination of things have led me to this place, the most significant being my mother’s death and the necessary busyness during the eight weeks prior. But add to that the craziness of 2020, right?   You know what I mean. The pandemic has ripped away normalcy… [ read more ]

There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

  We’ve all heard the term “the light at the end of the tunnel.” We say it when going through a dark time in life. Circumstances may be extremely difficult but we see rays of hope ahead, and that hope keeps us going.   Jesus’s followers in the first century wouldn’t have used this term… [ read more ]

 Spiritual Distancing and How to End It

    Everywhere we go nowadays, we see reminders to stay six feet from other people. Arrows on floors, signs on walls, markers on chairs, and plastic dividers in public places tell us that social distancing is a thing.   I thought this “distancing” concept was new to 2020. Imagine my surprise when I discovered… [ read more ]