• Trusting in the bigger picture

    Have you ever made plans, only to have God direct your steps differently? It seems like it happens all the time. As I listened to a prayer request on Tuesday night, I said, "It's really disappointing, but there's a bigger picture here. While it seems like this film is being held hostage by people in power with alternative plans, we need to consider what God says about it." My prayer group came to a big stop sign in the road this last week and seven families collided with disappointment. We have …

  • When the other shoe falls

    For years, I lived in the shadow of what might come: a phone call, a knock on the door or an inconsiderate stance. I waited for the other shoe to drop. Something I knew was coming, but just didn’t know when or how. The problem with this line of thinking is that it can be embedded with fear, something that has taken me years of faith to combat. Faith vs. fear. A dichotomy founded by a god of love or the one who will do anything to destroy us. The outcome, the effect of the cause. We can either be…

  • For such a time as this

    We operate in the currency of the day. I told my Sweet Al that each person’s currency is different, used to negotiate whatever we see is important. After three months, we are leaving isolation and entering a new place. News reporters ask, “Do we know how to navigate our new normal?” A better way of asking the same question: “Are we stepping into a new country with yesterday’s currency in hand?” For people of faith, our currency is the Holy Spirit. We don’t have to worry about an exchange rate be…

  • Called on the carpet

    This article was provoked, yes, provoked, by a conversation with my son. I asked, “When do parents get too old or too quiet for their voices to be heard?” It has been said that some people lose their voice in the decisions made by well-meaning children. Maybe the elderly are too cantankerous and uncooperative to be reasonable. My children often quote a favorite line from “the Golden Girls” warning that if I become too difficult, “It’s Shady Pines, ma!” I am sure that I have given them reason to …


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