It's Friday night. I can hear the frogs and the crickets, and the light brush of the wind against the lush of leaves. My neighbors are outside, making talk, animated and possibly tipped with beer. The frogs sound like my neighbors, each impassionately answering the other. It makes me smile. I'd forgotten how much I … Continue reading Action First: A Meditation On All The Things
I need Jesus before . . . My feet hit the floor I reach for my coffee I reach for my kids I talk to my husband I need Jesus before I say a word ~ I need Jesus before I . . . Make the decision Make the phone call Try to forgive Try … Continue reading I Need Jesus
It doesn't take much to make a difference. To show up, to smile, to ask a question, to look them in the eye. No, it doesn't take much. The cost is little. The experience is priceless. Bringing light into a world of darkness, well, it only takes one tiny, seemingly insignificant candle to change a room. … Continue reading What Will You Bring?
I remember the first time this really struck me. We were one signature away from a cell phone contract. Pen poised, I stopped my husband's hand. "I don't like this. Something doesn't feel right." "What's up?' "I don't know. I just don't feel right about this." "We don't have to do it then." "No, we don't." … Continue reading This is Not Life or Death: The Power of Releasing the Pressure
The New Year is here. It always makes me laugh when I see 12:13 on the clock face. 12:00 seemed so important, so full of hope and possibility until, thirteen minutes into the game, things have already started to lose their luster. Suddenly the new year doesn't seem that new and I go back to my life … Continue reading The Clock Is Not What Matters
It was a glimmer, a moment, a don't-blink experience. I got to see love with skin on it. It was during worship at our church. A woman walked in with a baby and immediately I noticed his cleft palate. It looked sore and painful, like the operation had been recent. My reaction was pity. Then, … Continue reading True Love
Words can take you by surprise. One sentence has the power to throw down all the why's and walls that you've built up to keep your insides in order. Like water in the desert, I found what I needed on my way to the library. I was listening to Chuck Swindoll. I've admired his teaching; full of … Continue reading You Can’t Compare. . .