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Posts Tagged: obedience

Aw, Do I Have To?

How do kids often respond when told to clean their rooms? What do they say when told  to eat their veggies or to turn off their favorite TV show? Maybe some of them say, “Sure, Mom. Okay, Dad. Your wish is my command!” But chances are pretty good that many say something like, “Aw, do I… [ read more ]

When Prayer Isn’t Enough

  Some folks might think today’s title is sacrilegious. Let me assure you, it’s not intended that way. Read to the end and you’ll see where I’m going with this.   I can’t count how many times people have told me about their desire to change in a specific way. Or told me about a… [ read more ]

What Does Obedience Look Like?

Watching kids and parents interact provides a fascinating study in human nature. For instance, how many times must a mom or dad tell a child to do something—pick up their toys, get dressed, or sit at the table for dinner, for instance?   In most cases, kids don’t obey the first command issued. They dawdle… [ read more ]

Saying Yes to God

It was April, 1996. My husband sat at the kitchen table, his head in his hands. “It’s time for a change,” he said. “I’m simply not interested in doing this any longer.” My husband was a successful civil engineer. His income had allowed us to design and build a lakefront home four years prior. We… [ read more ]

Believing God

I’ve heard much, and I’ve taught much, about the importance of believing God’s word. And now I’ve discovered two gems that solidify my conviction. Here they are, buried in Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:19,20… “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the… [ read more ]

The Litmus Test for Christianity

The label Christian is a loose one. What exactly does it mean in this day and age? What sets apart those who are Christian by name only from those who are Christian indeed? The answers to those questions could fill a library, but because I’m limited by time and space, I’m going to offer a… [ read more ]

Rules, Rules, Rules

What rules did you have while growing up? Here’s a sampling from my memory lane… Be home by 11:00 P.M. No theatre attendance (“that’s where people sit in the back and behave inappropriately”). No card playing. No dancing. No alcohol. The list went on, flushing everything that looked like fun. And so I picked the… [ read more ]

Obedience and Spiritual Well-Being

Obedience to God is vital to one’s spiritual growth and effectiveness. Without it, we’re like a brittle bush, stunted and unfruitful. I know. I’ve been there. That’s how my spiritual life felt for a year while I tried to persuade God that He was wrong in asking me to write Moving From Fear to Freedom…. [ read more ]

Back to the Basics

Sometimes we, as followers of Jesus Christ, complicate our faith. Corporately, we bog down in theological discussions and get hung up on church politics, sometimes splitting our congregations over issues of little consequence. Individually, we strive in our own strength to please God and then berate ourselves when we fall short. We wander through wilderness… [ read more ]

Four Simple Words

An email sits in my inbox awaiting my response. It’s written by a person who says she has sensed God prodding her for the past two years to get involved in a particular ministry, but she has hesitations. She wants my advice….or does she? I have a hunch she’s hoping I’ll validate her hesitation, but… [ read more ]