Category Archives: Be Brave

Numbed Prayer–Do You Do It?

I’m on my second year reading a yearly daily prayer book.  It’s Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith. Prayer is not one of my strengths so I like written prayers. I like these prayers in this book, which is why I’m reading it again this year. Today’s prayer is “A Prayer About Burden-Bearing Love.” It listed these […]


Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter are full of people who live in scarcity. Most people will say that Facebook is full of people who are narcissists. People who have to post every little thing about their lives seem like narcissists. But the reality is this is not narcissism but scarcity. All these posts of their […]

Living in Vulnerability—This is Basic (Yet So Scary)

I’ve got another Max Lucado quote for you. “Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? No. Fear is the […]

Fear Does Not Protect You

I was counseling a young man about his pending marriage. His reasons for marriage were all based on fear. He was threatened often that he would lose his daughter if he didn’t marry her. He knew he didn’t love her but he didn’t want his daughter growing up without him. In my counsel for him […]

We Are Born Where?

This is such a crazy and wonderful thought. My mind is whirling at the application of it. ‘We are born between feces and urine.’ – Saint Augustine Click To Tweet “The glory of the human condition is that we are made in the image of God. And yet in his ingenious and bewildering design, God […]

My God is Breath

Our description of God comes in a variety of adjectives. We need a variety of adjectives for any attempt to use words to wrap around God who is bigger than words. God is our rock. God is our strength. Emmanuel, God is with us. God is our refuge. God is our place of safety. I […]

The Stages of Transition

It’s official and public. I have resigned from my church where I have served for 25 years. Twenty. Five. Years. I’m going through some transition right now. I’ve got that holy tension going on which has all sorts of discomfort. I am facing this discomfort willingly. My desire is to embrace each stage of this […]

Living In Your Holy Tension

Jesus healed the woman with the disease that caused her to bleed. Not much is known about this woman. Not even a name. But what this woman did remained clear in people’s minds. Three of the four gospels have recorded what she did. They missed her name but they did not miss what she bravely […]

It is Dangerous to Hope

A sentence in my Facebook stream from a grown youth caught my attention—and stuck with me for hours. She posted “Quitting my job today actually felt like hope.” This is Janelle making a big and scary decision that is actually Plan B. She wrote a blog about this decision which I must share with you. […]

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