Holding on and Letting Go

(I’m sharing this from a post from way back in 2018, and it came to mind as I still experience this today–God’s tender love and patience with me as I’m still holding on to the things he wants me to eventually surrender…) Last week was trying for me, at work and at home. Nothing life-threateningContinue reading “Holding on and Letting Go”

Doors to Open or Shut

As you know if you’ve been reading my writing for any period of time, I am drawn to metaphor in a big way. This is how the Holy Spirit often communicates deep things to me, in figurative, metaphoric terms. Biblical metaphors catch my attention constantly. When I share what I’m seeing, those metaphors become partContinue reading “Doors to Open or Shut”

There is No Try

Originally posted on Ruth E. Stitt:
If you are a Star Wars fan, you’ll recognize this title as part of Yoda’s famous proverb: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” I’m borrowing this from Yoda and applying it to how Scripture comes to life when we are faced with the hard things. One of…

Loneliness and Belonging

I wasn’t planning to write about loneliness this week. But as I was preparing to lead a couple of recovery groups, the Lord led me to it, and I became curious about how Scripture comes to life on the topic of loneliness as an aspect of human suffering. Scripture attests to–and life demonstrates in myriadContinue reading “Loneliness and Belonging”

Brothers and Sisters of Other Mothers

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It seems like eons ago when I was preparing to be a professional jazz guitarist and vocalist. I was in college studying jazz, and it was the only music on my turntable. ?I practiced jazz tunes for hours every day. I sought out gigs of my own and live…

Stay Warm!

In previous blog essays, I have exhorted us to stay connected, stay salty, stay put, stay watchful, etc. This week, as I was reading in the Gospel of Matthew, I came across this prophecy by Jesus about the dramatic end of the age before his return, and it inspired me to consider our need toContinue reading “Stay Warm!”

Grieving with the Head and with the Heart

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I find the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead (in John 11) to be one of the most fascinating, exhilarating stories of the Gospels. Of course it is! A beloved friend of Jesus is dead for four days, his body beginning to decompose, and Jesus calls…

Alone with Jesus in the Crowd

Have you ever been in a worship service or at a conference, looked around and decided everyone in the room was having a wonderful spiritual experience except you? People are getting blessed and healed all around you it seems, and there you are, feeling alone, empty, uninspired, passed over. I have experienced that feeling. ItContinue reading “Alone with Jesus in the Crowd”

Birthday Message from “The Velveteen Rabbit”

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day.” Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” “Does it hurt?”  asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,”Continue reading “Birthday Message from “The Velveteen Rabbit””

Dayenu (Revisited)

(This blog was written at Christmas 2 years ago, right after the birth of our beautiful Autumn Olivia. We celebrate her 2nd birthday tomorrow! How thankful I am, for this amazing child and for Jesus, the ultimate gift, and for many bonus gifts on top of it all. Share with me in this reacquaintance withContinue reading “Dayenu (Revisited)”