How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy for the living God. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in You! … More Finding Joy in God’s Hard Assignments
Recently, I experienced a disappointment that cast me into a day or two of sadness and defeat. It required purposeful effort to bring my emotions under the control of the Spirit, realigning my thoughts with God’s truth. In other words, it took preaching the gospel to myself again and again until my heart was settled … More A Basketful of Encouragement
I had hit a wall. I was exhausted and could see no rest coming anytime soon. I was feeling overwhelmed by the ongoing demands and opportunities of ministry both at work and at home, and frustrated in light of things I wanted to do but couldn’t. Things such as: Accompanying my husband on an occasional … More The Trouble with Listening to Ourselves
My daughter was grocery shopping when her cell phone rang. The voice at the other end kindly but firmly informed her that she needed to pick her son up from day camp. He had broken a no-tolerance rule and, while he could return the following day, he needed to go home now. As I listened to the brokenness … More Children with Behavior Disorders and The People Who Love Them
Yesterday I waved good-bye to three of our grandchildren who had been staying with us for six days. They had come the day after our other four grandchildren (and their parents) left after living with us for six weeks. Housing seven grandchildren in seven weeks was the result of giving my to-do list over to … More Giving our To-Do List to God
My five year old granddaughter asked me how long before her family would be moving to their new house. Since six weeks is hard for a five year old to grasp, I took her to a wall calendar and showed her how long until moving day. Now, each day, as she marks off calendar squares one … More What To Do While You Wait
“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us, and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” Ephesians 5:1-2. I just stepped on something that crunched. Where’s the broom? Is the dishwasher full again? What is this sticky stuff on the floor? Please … More What Comes Out of You When You’re Squeezed?