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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 … “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same… [ 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 ]

A Six-Word Prayer

Sometimes we think our prayers must be long and eloquent to be meaningful. Wrong. This morning I discovered a significant prayer that’s only six words long: “Make me willing to obey you” (Psalm 51:12). Wow. If we prayed these words and meant them, our lives could be completely transformed. We’d be inviting God to change… [ read more ]

Simon Says

As a little girl, I remember playing games on the lawn with other neighborhood kids – games including “Tag,” “Hide and Go Seek,” “Red Light, Green Light,” and “Simon Says.” Did you ever play the latter? Someone – whoever was lucky enough to play the role of Simon – stood in front of everyone else… [ read more ]

More Thoughts about Obedience

Saul’s life offers some priceless insights about obedience or lack thereof. God’s command to him was clear: “Go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation – men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, camels, and donkeys” (1 Samuel 15:3). Did Saul do as he was told? Nope. He captured the Amalekite king and allowed his army… [ read more ]

Abe’s Attitude

Abraham’s life is soooo inspirational to me. He was nowhere near perfect, but his heart, overall, was bent on knowing God. This morning as I read in Genesis 22, I saw two verses that I’ve not noticed before. That chapter is about Abraham’s infamous test of obedience. He comes through that experience with flying colors…. [ read more ]