Good Suffering

Many years ago, a wise counselor told me, “God doesn’t waste good suffering.” Strange statement, right? How can suffering be described as good? Over the years I have become convinced through many interactions with suffering people that there is indeed such a thing as good suffering.  As someone who hates to waste anything, I findContinue reading “Good Suffering”

Come, Listen, Follow

Journeying slowly through the Gospel of Luke I notice two parallel teachings of Jesus that challenge me. In these passages, Scripture comes to life, showing how the heart’s response to the teachings of Jesus must lead to corresponding actions. When it does, it results in our growth in wisdom and represents him well to theContinue reading “Come, Listen, Follow”

Ethical Fitness and the Overflow of the Heart

Do you consider yourself a good person? I certainly hope so. But, on what basis do any of us make that claim? I have a few answers to consider from Scripture, and from the field of ethics. I’ve arrived at this topic during the time of quarantine. During this time, whether aware of it orContinue reading “Ethical Fitness and the Overflow of the Heart”

Tale of Two Doggies: The Final Chapter

  If you have followed my blog for while (thank you!), you may recall that I’ve written a few times about things I’ve learned from my two dogs, insights that have contributed to my walk with the Lord. Now my husband and I are facing the reality that our beloved Scooter is in his finalContinue reading “Tale of Two Doggies: The Final Chapter”

Risk, Superstition, and Trusting God in the Time of Corona

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer; Superstition ain’t the way.”—Stevie Wonder, “Superstition” The earth-shaking shift caused by the Corona virus has us all questioning anew how we manage risk as individuals, businesses and social groups. For many of us, risk management is not usually at the forefront of ourContinue reading “Risk, Superstition, and Trusting God in the Time of Corona”

We Shall Be Like Him

Humans have this little habit of taking over God’s job. The original influence for this perpetual error in judgment was Satan, the serpent Eve encountered in that lovely garden so long ago. He is the one who subverts and corrupts every good intention of Creator God by deception. He tells us that we’d better takeContinue reading “We Shall Be Like Him”

Daniel’s Tests and Ours: Part 2

Last week I shared some of the ways Daniel and his associates were tested as captives in Babylon. This week I ask how these tests parallel those that we face currently as disciples of Jesus Christ in America. We are under siege by an invisible virus at the moment, but the fact is that theContinue reading “Daniel’s Tests and Ours: Part 2”

Daniel’s Tests and Ours: Part 1

The stories of the early chapters of Daniel are captivating in plot, character, action, and scope. Lovers of God over the centuries have taken encouragement from the example set by Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In my recent reading I observed six tests put to these Hebrew youth that proved they were true and blamelessContinue reading “Daniel’s Tests and Ours: Part 1”

Safety in Rough Waters

We are all contending in our own ways with the surreal state of affairs suddenly brought on by a vicious, invisible virus. Medical experts use the best of the science available to project likely outcomes in different locations. Meanwhile, government officials at all levels scramble to do the right thing to protect their people, withContinue reading “Safety in Rough Waters”

The Power of “So”

So…I have come upon a theme in Acts that should bring strong motivation and encouragement to those engaged in Christ’s mission to make disciples. It is the little word “so.” This word, when used as a conjunction, is defined “for this reason.”  For example, “We were running out of toilet paper, so I went toContinue reading “The Power of “So””