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My Christmas Gift to Jesus

The Christmas gifts are wrapped and ready. Some are in boxes, others tucked in bags. One’s in a giant bag that stands more than three feet high. Each one is an item that reflects my love for the recipient and that he/she will find meaningful. I think about the three wise men and their gifts… [ read more ]

Serving Others: The Path of Blessing

  Several hours before Jesus was arrested, He and His disciples shared a last meal together. Then He knelt before the men and, one by one, washed and dried their feet—Judas included.   “Do you understand what I was doing?” Jesus asked when He finished the job. “Since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed… [ read more ]

Hearing God’s Voice – Part 1

It feels good to be home again. We’re thankful for our safe trip from Kathmandu to Vancouver, and we’re glad that our suitcases arrived with us. Yeah! We don’t take luggage matters forgranted—the suitcase that went missing in July between Vancouver and Berlin still hasn’t been found.   After sleeping about 11 hours last night,… [ read more ]

The Beauty of Simple Faith

  I hear stories of rural Nepalese choosing to follow Jesus and then telling their family and friends about Him. Many of these folks are illiterate. All possess a simple faith. They hear about Christ’s claims, His power, and His promises, and they believe. It’s as easy as that. I also hear stories of God… [ read more ]

3 Meaningful Christmas Gifts That Don’t Cost Money

  For the first time ever, I’ve done some of my Christmas shopping online. Lego for the grandsons—check. Doll clothes for my eldest granddaughter—check. Goodies for my daughter and daughter-in-law whose names we drew for this year’s gift giving—check. And so the list goes. I’ve almost completed the task, and unbelievably early (for me) at… [ read more ]

3 Keys to Overcoming Fear for Our Kids’ Well-Being

I routinely meet women who express fear for their family’s well-being. They don’t call it fear. They dub it something more spiritually acceptable such as “concern,” but it’s fear nonetheless. How do I know? Because I’ve been there, done that. And I continue to face it even though my kids are now adults.   Today,… [ read more ]

3 Ways We Can Stay Connected to Jesus

Once upon a time we lived in a house bordered by a fence upon which grapevines grew. Every summer, we watched these vines produce bunches and bunches of grapes.   I wish I could say I personified the Proverbs 31 woman and turned those grapes into jellies and jams, but alas, that wasn’t the case…. [ read more ]

Jump to Conclusions and Judge, or Extend Grace?

For years I’d heard the story about the Samaritan woman. You know—she’s the one who’s famous for interacting with Jesus at the water well. She’s also the one with the reputation for being promiscuous. What else would you call a woman who’s had five husbands and is living common-law with a sixth? (John 4:4-30)  … [ read more ]

Forgiveness and God’s Extravagant Grace

  What’s a typical response when someone hurts us?   Perhaps we’re prone to defend ourselves. Maybe we’re tempted to avoid that person for a long time or to retaliate by saying unkind things about him to others. Maybe we establish walls to keep that person out lest he hurt us again.   As Easter… [ read more ]

Marionetta and Her Five Strings

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 NASB)   Author Calvin Miller penned a poem about a puppet named Marionetta. Each night after her performance, Marionetta hung in the dark, suspended by her five strings. She cried softly, wishing for the light and dreaming of the freedom… [ read more ]