Conntecting the Dots

Posts Tagged: fear

Keep Hope Alive: Host a Celebration

  Afghanistan. Haiti. Covid. Forest fires. Hurricanes. Politics.   The news weighs heavy on my heart. Some people might say “Stop listening to it.” I’ve thought about doing that, but turning off the news only provides temporary relief. It soothes my soul for a little while, but it doesn’t change the reality that’s out there…. [ read more ]

Are You Fighting a Battle Today?

  Would you do me a favor? Would you please raise your hand if you’ve ever had one of those nights when worrisome thoughts woke you and wouldn’t let you fall back to sleep? I just want to know that I’m not the only woman in the world who’s experienced this.   It happened to… [ read more ]

Fighting our Battles by Focusing on Truth

  When I wrapped up my Zoom Bible study last Tuesday, I encouraged the participants to be on their guard. “We’ve just studied five names of God,” I said. “Don’t be surprised if a test comes along in the not too distant future. Be watchful but don’t be afraid. It will give you opportunity to… [ read more ]

Self-Talk

Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions. (NLT)   Pause Have you ever listened to the self-talk that runs through your mind? Losing my mobility for several months while living in a three-storey townhouse meant having to hoist myself backwards up fifteen stairs to my bedroom every night…. [ read more ]

A Promise for When You Feel Under Attack

Have you ever felt as though you were under a spiritual attack? I have. More than once. It happened several times immediately prior to overseas ministry trips. I’d be focused on preparing my teaching materials when a certain individual would call and levy accusations against me about something I’d said or done, sometimes years prior…. [ read more ]

Remember This When Facing Giants

  I’ve spent the past two months developing and teaching Bible study curriculum about the names of God. My oh my, what a fascinating and faith-building journey.   I’m wrapping up the study with Jehovah Sabaoth. Simply put, this name tells us that God is the Lord of hosts—the Commander-in-Chief over millions of angels, armies… [ read more ]

5 Promises God Keeps and Why

In the past four days, God has reminded me several times that He always keeps His promises. The first reminder came last weekend as I researched for a First 5 assignment.   refers to Abraham believing God’s promise to make him the father of countless descendants. Humanly speaking, this was an impossibility. He and his… [ read more ]

Why Our Thoughts About God Matter

  The older I get and the more life experience I gather, the more I’m fascinated by the power of the thoughts we habitually entertain. In short, they influence our behaviors, and those behaviors determine our destiny or outcome. Let me give you a personal example of what this looks like.   When Sailor-Man and… [ read more ]

5 Ways to Find Calm in Crisis

I receive several emails every day from people in crisis. Circumstances vary, of course, and so does severity, but the crises fall into categories: illness—their own or a loved one’s, spousal betrayal, a child’s struggle with addictions, a breakdown in family relationships, job layoffs, losses from a natural disaster, and more. Isolation is a big… [ read more ]

4 Truths to Remember When the Wind and Waves Rage

  Living and traveling on a sailboat has given me a whole new appreciation for anyone who makes a living from the sea. Some days the water barely ripples and I’m able to sit in the cockpit and work on my laptop as Sailor Man guides us through BC’s islands. Other days, the wind and… [ read more ]