“God, if you would work out these details, I could better serve You.”
Do you hear that? Basically, I’m saying, “Since I know how I can best honor You, please arrange the season, skills, time and opportunities so I can accomplish A, B, and C for your Kingdom because that is the best way I can do that. Surely You want to free me up to do all these THINGS for You.” Continue reading “Ponder Anew”
Easter weekend isn’t over yet and I already feel overflowing with thanks. The last few days involved much-needed lingering. Lingering over the Word on a pile of pillows, coffee in the sunshine, conversations in the kitchen, music and housework, calling people whose voices I miss, and learning about Passover traditions. Even the less Eastery things like wait-time at the DMV office, more waiting in a parking lot, and an extra block of driving because of construction all have given me plenty of time to ponder.
Continue reading “Notes on Resurrection Weekend”
I recently enjoyed the movie The Greatest Showman about the winsome P. T. Barnum. He certainly had the pizzazz to possess the “greatest showman” title.
Since Christmas I’ve been reading through the Gospels and noticed a much different title highlighted . . . and it didn’t have anything to do with singing or show lights.
Continue reading “The Greatest Man”
Pain shows tension between what I want and what I don’t have. It teaches me what needs to be placed — and replaced — on the alter for Christ. Elizabeth Elliot said, “God gives us material for sacrifice.”
Do you ever feel like you have an onslaught of material for the alter? Is that good?
Continue reading “Precious Material”
One of my favorite missionary stories growing up was Otto Koning’s The Pineapple Story. He tells the account of how protecting his precious pineapples became more important than loving the PNG people he was there to reach with the Gospel. Through a series of humorous, infamous events, he finally yielded his pineapples to God. He surrendered his right to enjoy the fruits of his labors. When he got back to the States and shared his story, pineapples appeared all over the place.
Hang on. I have a small analogy to make. 🙂 Continue reading “The Best is Closer than We Think”
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The picture above draws me in so I’m standing on the beach with a dilapidated canoe, ready to sail across the blueness.
One of my strengths on the StrengthsFinder test is entitled “Input.” It is explained in this way: Continue reading “When Knowledge Brews”
I have a rough structure of what 2018 will look like but, in reality, I’m certain of nothing. Not a single human can tell me the personal or global circumstances ahead in the next 12 months. Whether that brings excitement, nerves, terror or puzzlement, there are indeed some truths to count on. Continue reading “The Best is yet to Come”