Watch!

I’m reading the book of Acts these days, amazed and impressed once again by the intensity, boldness, and courage of those first disciples. What if they had not answered the call of God? Thankfully they did, and we have a worldwide church because of their faithful obedience to the Spirit of God. The church, withContinue reading “Watch!”

Fear to Boldness

I came to faith in Christ when I was a twenty-something fledgling musician and undergraduate in New York City. When I ventured out, I would sling my guitar over the shoulder of my thrift shop wool coat, throw a dashing fedora on my head, and act as tough as a five-foot-tall white girl can actContinue reading “Fear to Boldness”

Asking the Right Questions

Jesus was brilliant. Even from the young age of 12, he debated with his elders in the religious establishment and astonished them with his answers, and with his questions. A mark of true wisdom and intelligence is the ability to ask good questions. When his parents tracked him down and scolded him, he replied, “Why wereContinue reading “Asking the Right Questions”

There is No Try

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 my avenues for ministry for manyContinue reading “There is No Try”

Mixture

I was reading this morning in Deuteronomy 22 about several odd prohibitions against mixing things. God explicitly expresses his displeasure with men dressing like women or women dressing like men. He created men and women differently, and he wants their appearance to reflect this distinction. Not a politically correct idea, I know, but there itContinue reading “Mixture”

Return on Investment

Recently I heard a friend who has a long background in both ministry and business use the phrase “return on investment.” She was referring to an aspect of evaluating the impact of efforts to influence people for the gospel. Knowing this comes from the business world, and not being a big businessperson myself, I wantedContinue reading “Return on Investment”

God’s Alignment

Recently I’ve had a recurrence of sciatic nerve pain caused by disc issues in my lower back. This has returned me to the chiropractor’s office.  Chiropractors treat neuromuscular irregularities with an “emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.”* I’m grateful for this option of care and the ingenious methods chiropractors haveContinue reading “God’s Alignment”

A Need for Beauty

O God, to the farthest corners of the planet people will stand in awe, startled and stunned by your signs and wonders. Sunrise brilliance and sunset beauty both take turns singing their songs of joy to you. (Ps. 65:8) I spent last weekend serving on a prison ministry team that presented concepts from John and Stasi Eldredge’sContinue reading “A Need for Beauty”

God Volunteers

I start with this gem from A.W. Tozer: “God has a voluntary relation to everything he has made, but he has no necessary relation to anything outside of himself…to God alone nothing is necessary….Any motion in His direction is elevation for the creature; away from Him, descent.” –from Knowledge of the Holy I love thisContinue reading “God Volunteers”

Reset to Clean

I love Mondays. Yes, I really do. I also love January 1 for the same reason I love Mondays. It’s a new start. There’s been a period of relative rest and reflection, and then—a reset, a fresh start with a new set of goals and priorities and activities. It’s kind of like the way IContinue reading “Reset to Clean”