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Answering Our Own Prayers

  Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” — Luke 11:1 ESV A group of teenagers and I sat cross-legged on the church lawn, soaking in the warm summer sunshine. One of the girls had just returned from a mission trip in a developing nation, and I couldn’t wait to hear about her experience. “So, Renee, tell us about your trip,” I...

Spring Cleaning: Finding Treasures Among the Trash

Now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. — Colossians 3:8–10 My mom was a fanatic about spring-cleaning. Each year in April or May, when the first string of sixty-degree days made...

We See Impossible… But God Makes All Things Possible

Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ — Matthew 19:26 My friends Bob and Karen had been saving for years so they could finally go on a real vacation alone together. (I teased Bob more than his wife about how their three-night honeymoon at the Howard Johnson down the street didn’t count.) They married young, started having kids soon after, and lived bare bones as Bob worked his...

Pray Pray Pray: How to Hug a Porcupine and Squeeze a Skunk

Do you know someone who is difficult to love? The nosy neighbor. The grouchy grocery store clerk. Your child’s teacher who never cracks a smile. The hot-tempered boss. The church curmudgeon. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to share the love with them. PRAY. PRAY. AND THEN PRAY SOME MORE. Any encounter with a difficult-to-love person must start off with prayer. Pray for them. Ask God to soften their heart to receive His love...

“One Another” Commands

Scripture has a lot to say about how we should treat each other. In fact, the New Testament contains nearly forty verses of relational instructions, all containing the telling phrase “one another.” These “one another” commands in Scripture tell us how we are or are not to treat each other! Scripture is serious about relationships and how they are to play out. Let’s peruse a few of these “one another” verses (I’ve included all of them at the...

Waiting for Your Prodigal

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. —Luke 15:20 Being lost is scary. Who doesn’t remember feeling alone, being disoriented, and finding yourself disconnected from what is secure and familiar? I can still remember the first time I was lost. I let go of my dad’s hand in a busy mall. I had stopped at a kiosk just long enough to...

Speak Truth In Love

Nourishing Words

The lips of the righteous nourish many. — Proverbs 10:21 There was once a monk who, like many followers of Jesus at the time, was looking for a deeper walk with God. This monk, Abbot Agatho, fled to the desert. The story goes that Abbot Agatho, aware of his temptation to sin with his words, carried a rock in his mouth for three years! He did so until he learned to be silent—or to control his lips. I’m not ready to carry a rock in my mouth as a...

Must-Read Christian Women’s Books in 2016

2016 is going to be a particularly fantastic year for all of us book-lovers! New Ann Voskamp — hooray! New Christine Caine — woo hoo! New Shauna Niequist — yes please! Plus, you’ll meet some new authors such as Katherine & Jay Wolf whom you’re going to be so inspired by and encouraged in your faith. Here’s a little peek at the absolute must-read books coming this year from some of your favorite Christian women’s...

Ordinary Holiness

  I attended a funeral recently for my close friend Debi’s dad. Few people look forward to attending funerals. The sadness, the loss, the reality that they can no longer be with their loved one. This funeral, however, was filled with moments of ordinary holiness. I witnessed, through the pictures, the presentation, and the words of those left behind, a man who loved his friends, his community, his family, and his God. A man who knew how...

Are You in the Desert?

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. — Deuteronomy 8:2 The desert can be a dangerous place. In Bible times it was always a place of uncertainty, peril, trial, and death. Not the kind of place you want to go on vacation! Several years ago my husband and I found ourselves in a desert...

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