Yearly Archives: 2017

A Written Prayer for When You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating Christmas

I love this quote about prayer: I’ve spent my entire career sitting across from people, listening to them tell me about the hardest and most painful moments of their lives. After fifteen years of this work, I can confidently say that stories of pain and courage almost always include two things: praying and cussing. Sometimes […]

Light of the World

I remember standing at the foot of my dad’s bed in the ER that Monday morning December 5th.  My sister, Valerie, was next to me and my mom had stepped out the room for a moment.  Dad looked at us both with those steel blue eyes and his two pointer fingers flew up and he […]

God is Everywhere at Christmas Yet He is Still Silent to You

Yes, God is everywhere at Christmas. And yes, so is Santa. And elves. And reindeer. And hot cocoa. And Hallmark Christmas movies. Yet God is still everywhere out front and up front because every Christmas story, even those with Santa, is about how something supernatural blesses our lives and changes our circumstances. This is the […]

Don’t Compromise Your Soul So You Can Get Married

Hmmmmm…how do you handle the truth when you see it? “When truth presents itself, the wise person sees the light, takes it in, and makes adjustments. The fool tries to adjust the truth so he does not have to adjust to it.” —Dr. Henry Cloud, Necessary Endings (I recommend this book!) To compromise in a […]

There Was Supposed to be a Wedding Tomorrow

There was supposed to be a wedding tomorrow for one of my grown teens from a previous youth group. He was in this relationship for 5+ years. He asked me to be a part of his team. I grew to know his girlfriend. I rejoiced with her when she decided to become a Christian. They […]

When my best yes was actually a no. 

A few weeks ago, a friend posed the question for a magazine topic, “What has been your best Yes of 2017?”  I read it and passed it off, but the rest of the day, that question kept coming back into my head. I’m usually the person who says “yes” to everything, even when I don’t […]

Fighting Nostalgia So God Can Lead Us To New Obstacles in Our Lives

We are in year 2 of a seven year prison sentence with one of our sons. In year 2 we are seeing an increasingly amount of growth in him! We’ve been through prison sentences with him before but never one this long. But this is what happens when he chose to self-sabotage his life instead […]

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