God’s Love

One Storm’s Gift

One Storm’s Gift

I walked along the path with ease, My steps were sure beneath the trees. The sun poked holes and sprayed its rays, This joyous path and flowered way. I kicked some stones and sang a hymn, So happy, free, content, and then, A clap of thunder, down poured rain, That fell so hard it caused […]

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When Pain Makes A Pact

When Pain Makes A Pact

A couple of months ago, I woke up from a physical ambush that let me know what bodily “collusion” looked like. My back and neck must have made some sort of clandestine agreement to pinch, stab, throb, send electrical shocks through arms and limbs, and conduct random bouts of numbness every time my mind slipped […]

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God’s Stationery

God’s Stationery

  No language on the earth has enough words to describe the intangible realities of the soul and expressions of the heart. When words fail, we hope others can read what’s unsaid through our eyes, touch, or actions. God’s words have been given to express the invisible reality of His own heart and heaven. But […]

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The Beauty of Myrrh – A Tribute to Mary Barrett & My Pain Pals

The Beauty of Myrrh – A Tribute to Mary Barrett & My Pain Pals

Though it was late, I measured out a cup of laundry detergent and shoved the clothes robotically into our front loader. My mind was traveling through Africa, Washington, California, England, and other parts of the globe, smothering heaven with prayer requests. Lord, I am so burdened for _________. I can’t even imagine the suffering and […]

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One Way To Hear God’s Heart Beat

One Way To Hear God’s Heart Beat

Words I never dreamed I’d hear in all my twenties or thirties, I now enjoy from time to time in my late forties. But they often have come at a painful cost. “Mommy, just snuggle me.” Blink, blink. My shoulders dropped while a smile rose across my face. The request came with laundry in my […]

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The Best Way to Stretch Out

The Best Way to Stretch Out

Coffee has been rendered inoperative this morning. Even at higher doses, there is only so much a person can imbibe without crossing the line and fulfilling the definition of an “addict.” Nevertheless, after a few quick “dozes” through prayer, I opened the Word and found the Lord waiting. He didn’t mind the fog that permeated […]

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When Mother’s Day Hurts

When Mother’s Day Hurts

I stared over my mother’s shoulder as our newly bundled gift of grace lay silent and secure in his fleece green swaddle. Head covered in thick, black, baby-soft hair with cheeks pink and vibrant. Unintentional hues of spring greens filled the room seemingly applauding this life that was added surprisingly to us in our ending […]

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What is the Root Cause of Sickness and Pain?

Filed in Devotion, God's Love, Sin, Suffering by on April 8, 2014 4 Comments
What is the Root Cause of Sickness and Pain?

The last time I saw my general physician, I’d asked him, “Don’t you think there is something wrong that is causing all of these different chronic illnesses? Something you’re missing that’s the root cause?” Several years ago, internal inflammation entered my life and was addressed with a bandaid solution from apathetic health care. But bandaids […]

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“Losing It” Is Not Always Bad

Filed in Devotion, God's Love, Ministry, Uncategorized by on March 24, 2014 4 Comments
“Losing It” Is Not Always Bad

Midway into an hour long conversation, the Holy Spirit gently revealed the truth of crippling frustration for this young girl in ministry. Watery eye contact was replaced with the top of her head as she hunched over and hid beneath dark strands of shame. After a few minutes of silence, a whisper seeped out from […]

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If God Says “Rest,” Please Listen

Filed in Devotion, God's Love, Ministry by on January 14, 2014 6 Comments
If God Says “Rest,” Please Listen

As I stared at the flickering cursor on a blank web page for the third day in a row, I prayed in desperation, “Lord, I’ve come all the way across the country to seek Your face, hear Your heart, finally alone and undisturbed. You miraculously provided this house for me. You gave me the most […]

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