A fire that burns what won’t last and strengthens what can never be destroyed

My sister, brother-in-law and their two sons (my precious nephews) live in Redding, CA.  This past few days have been traumatic, but thankfully they did not loose their home to the Carr fire. Many of their friends are sifting through ashes of what's left of their homes. It's truly devastating to hear what they are facing.… Continue reading A fire that burns what won’t last and strengthens what can never be destroyed

An explosion of praise reading Job

Job's story always gets me.  I feel so much of the sense that, "This just isn't right!  This guy didn't deserve this!"  And at the same time the sense that, "This is how God works.  He is working something eternal and wonderful in us through suffering." I don't claim to know even a fraction of… Continue reading An explosion of praise reading Job

Make Us Peacemakers In a Violent Land

On Sunday morning, while I was singing with hot tears streaming down my face, moved by the conviction that I don't trust God's no and longing for Him to help my unbelief, some of my brothers and sisters in this faith were violently plunged into the presence of Jesus amidst the terror of bullets, blood… Continue reading Make Us Peacemakers In a Violent Land

Three Practical Ways to Take Refuge in God

Photo CreditI've been thinking a lot these last few months about what it means practically to take refuge in God.  Refuge isn't a term we use often personally.  On a political level we may think of refugees, and the place they go to flee the danger in their homeland as a place of refuge.  But… Continue reading Three Practical Ways to Take Refuge in God

When your heart is broken on Valentine’s Day

It's not that other days with a broken heart aren't painful.  It's just that on Valentine's Day everywhere you look, go or listen pink shiny hearts and candy pour like salt on your wounds. I've waded my way through the gushing pink day with my own busted up heart many times.  This year I do… Continue reading When your heart is broken on Valentine’s Day

Let Down by God?

This past Sunday I stood in a high school theatre with dozens of people I don't know looking up at the screen where the band was projecting the words to the songs we were singing to God:You're never gonna letNever gonna let me downYou're never gonna letNever gonna let me downWhen I get to church,… Continue reading Let Down by God?

Chasing Normal?

My sister once told me she believed God appointed to me the hard things I'm walking through because he is using my life to encourage other people to trust and obey him.I want that, but I also confess I don't.Part of me just wants a "normal" life with ease. No ongoing marital struggle. No conviction… Continue reading Chasing Normal?

Advent: Christmas Day- When It Isn’t What You Were Hoping For

And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in… Continue reading Advent: Christmas Day- When It Isn’t What You Were Hoping For

Advent Day 20: Waiting For God

Save me, O God!  For the waters have come up to my neck.  I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.  I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched.  My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.… Continue reading Advent Day 20: Waiting For God

Love. Suffering. And the Heart-Stream Turner.

(Old pic, boys have grown a lot in a couple years.)Here it is approaching midnight. I so wanted to sit down and write out some thoughts from today earlier but a neighbor popping in, a child wanting to play cards, a husband not feeling well and soap to be made stood in my way.So, here… Continue reading Love. Suffering. And the Heart-Stream Turner.