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What Air Travel Teaches Me About Trust

    In the past 13 days, I’ve flown eight times with seven different flight crews. One of those planes carried only four passengers and a two-man crew. The pilot and co-pilot played the role of baggage handler, hoisted the plane’s stairs up and locked the door prior to take-off, explained the safety rules to… [ read more ]

Trusting God With All Our Heart

  That little word all continues to change my thinking. This time it’s happening through —“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”   There it is: “I trust Him with all… [ read more ]

How to Respond When God Interrupts Our Routine

  The Christmas rush has ended. My kids have returned to their homes. The local Christian radio station has returned to its regular playlists. And I’m returning to my routine.   I find a strange sort of comfort in routine. Perhaps it’s because “routine” equals “known.” It brings no surprises. It throws nothing unexpected at… [ read more ]

A Surrendered Heart: A Key to Growing Deeper Faith

  At the beginning of each year, the Lord gives me a special word on which to focus. One year, for instance, He gave me the word joy. Throughout the next 12 months He taught me what joy meant using Scripture, songs, other peoples’ teachings, and life experiences. This year’s word is deeper.   I… [ read more ]

Trusting God When He Leads on an Illogical Path

  Sometimes God’s ways baffle me. Why does He drop detours in my path when I’m trying to travel from Point A to Point B? Doesn’t He know that changing my direction messes up my plans? Doesn’t He know that His path sometimes requires more time than I’d prefer to spend on a particular journey?… [ read more ]

Can God Be Trusted?

Back in the early 80s, I volunteered at a summer camp on Canada’s west coast. The program director was big on developing team camaraderie among staff. She’d selected several activities to accomplish her goal.   One activity involved staff lining up and facing each other while holding a huge blanket between them. Volunteers climbed a… [ read more ]

A Lesson Learned on China’s Great Wall

  Four days ago I walked on the Great Wall of China. It’s an amazing feat of human engineering considering modern-day machinery and technology didn’t exist when it was built. I now understand why construction spanned more than 800 years and claimed more than a million lives. And all for the sake of protecting the… [ read more ]

Lessons Learned From a One-Year-Old

Today is my youngest grandchild’s first birthday. Micah—the world’s cutest baby boy—has come a long way since he arrived. He now knows how to feed himself Cheerios, how to clap his hands, how to point and play peek-a-boo, and how to get from point A to point B on his knees. He’s also practicing his… [ read more ]

What Happens When We Stare Fear in the Face?

Have you ever sensed God asking you to do something that scared you witless? I have.  Several times.   When my husband and I moved to Nepal five months after we married. We were clueless about living in a different culture, speaking a different language, surviving with different foods and accompanying health risks, etc. We… [ read more ]

Insights from the ER

It’s Monday. We’re in the ER. This isn’t how I’d planned to spend my time.