Conntecting the Dots

Posts Tagged: Romans

Imitate God by Loving Others

Watching my two-year-old granddaughter engage in a church service helped me understand what it means to imitate God. Here’s how it happened.   When the worship team began playing their music, I picked Lexi up so she could see the goings-on. She didn’t miss a thing. She noticed when someone clapped, and she did likewise. She… [ read more ]

5 Reminders About God’s Love for Us

We can all use a few reminders now and again about God’s love for us, yes? That’s because our human minds have a hard time grasping its reality and actually believing it. Most of what we know about love is based on what we’ve experienced, and those experiences aren’t always the best teachers. Valentine’s Day… [ read more ]

You and Your Unique Gifts Make a Difference

You matter, my friend. You might feel as though you have little to offer or don’t make a difference, but don’t believe that for a moment. You are unique. You are gifted. You are one-of-a-kind. And the Body of Christ, also called the family of God, needs you. Think about it this way: Our physical… [ read more ]

Remember This When Bad News Comes

Bad news came to my inbox this week: Someone’s 14-year-old daughter went missing. A husband relapsed into drug addiction. A personal friend landed in ICU on a ventilator. Another friend was diagnosed with dementia. Jesus knows how easily we can lose heart when bad news comes our way. Perhaps that’s why He said, “Don’t let… [ read more ]

When the Storm Strikes

It was a September day, and Sailor-Man and I were boating back from Campbell River, BC after attending a friend’s memorial service. And then it happened: the sky blackened. Ominous clouds rolled in. The wind picked up and began whipping waves into froth. Thankfully, we’d seen the storm coming and had time to prepare, but… [ read more ]

Experiencing Joy When Your Heart Aches

  Last week provided an opportunity to spend three days on the Makana with our youngest daughter and her family. I’m so grateful for that time because this week, as you read this, we’re packing up their household and moving them to northern British Columbia where our son-in-law will do his two-year family practice residency…. [ read more ]

Finding Freedom from Strongholds

  What’s a stronghold? Simply put, it’s anything that has a strong hold on us. It’s usually rooted in faulty thinking patterns and lies we believe.   Fear is a stronghold with which many people struggle, myself included.   When my kids were preschoolers, an unknown intruder broke into our home and stole my jewelry… [ read more ]

Celebrating Easter Even When it Looks Different

  My husband and I drove to our oldest daughter’s home in Washington state this week. Her husband had been scheduled for foot surgery, so they asked if we might come and lend a hand. “Of course,” we said. Besides, this is the first Easter weekend we’ve spent with them in years.   In pre-pandemic… [ read more ]

3 Truths to Help Us Persevere

  Life is flat-out hard sometimes. Stuff happens when we least expect it, and it can send us into a tailspin or drive us to our knees.   Sometimes that stuff lingers much longer than we’d like. We tie a knot and hang on for dear life, but fear threatens to slip our grip.  … [ read more ]

5 Good Reasons to Trust God

  Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (NLT). His words—“Don’t let your hearts be troubled”—imply that we have control over worry and fear’s role in our lives. We can choose to let them run rampant or we can choose to trust God instead.   Letting… [ read more ]