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Finding Hope in “Immanuel—God is With Us”

  Can you believe we’re already in December? It feels like this year’s raced past at breakneck speed. Christmas is only a blink away!   Our family keeps Christmas pretty simple, and I’m grateful. Doing so gives me the mental space to focus on Jesus as the real reason for celebrating this season. One of… [ read more ]

What Does Creation Speak to You?

  In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” NLT   Watching the sun rise or set is, for me, a spiritual experience. It’s like sitting in the Creator’s art studio—at His invitation—and watching Him sweep His brush across nature’s canvas, creating… [ read more ]

God is Out to Get You

    Entrusting our lives to an unseen God can be scary: What if He asks me to surrender something precious? What if He asks me to do something I don’t want to do? What if He puts me through a test?   Focusing on fears about God’s intentions leads to the belief that He’s… [ read more ]

Two Views of Life

For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) I walked the docks twice at a marina this morning. They’re a bit rickety and lopsided, so the first time I only watched my steps to avoid tripping or losing my balance.   … [ read more ]

Finding Hope When Nothing’s Going Right

  The word “all” is teeny but don’t overlook its might. Here are several verses that will instill hope when you’re tempted to say, “Nothing’s going right.”   But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.” ( Amplified)   I can do all things… [ read more ]

When We Feel Like a Little Bird With a Broken Wing

I spent the weekend in Alberta speaking at a retreat for the Parkland Zone Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. They’d chosen “SOAR!”— one of my favorite packages—as their theme. “SOAR!” is based on . “O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case?… [ read more ]

3 Verses to Calm Fear

  A dear girlfriend in Poland sends me Bible references a couple times each week. They’re always exactly what I need at the time. Don’t you love it when God directs things like that?   This week she sent these:   – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for… [ read more ]

To What Voices Do You Listen? Part 2

  In the last blog, I wrote about negative voices and how we must choose whether to listen to them or ignore them. Isaiah 36 tells of an official Hebrew trio driven to despair through an enemy’s threats. When they relayed his words to King Hezekiah, he, too responded with despair. But then he took… [ 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 ]

10 Verses about God’s Strength

– Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.   – Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be revered above all the… [ read more ]