God is the Sorter

While ensconced in my current reading through the Gospel of Matthew, something that is popping out of the text is the idea that at the end of the age, God, with the assistance of some angels, is going to sort us out. Skeptics or deniers of the validity of the Bible and the Christian messageContinue reading “God is the Sorter”

The Potter and His Pots

Last week I wrote about the bigness and majesty of God. This week I am led to speak of the smallness and fragility of humanity. A chief metaphor for this contrast between God and man is that of a potter and the pots he forms from fresh clay or he re-forms from shards of potteryContinue reading “The Potter and His Pots”

The Puzzle

I came across this essay in my files that I wrote on a snowy February day in West Virginia in 2003, and thought it was a good week to share it. I’ve always liked jigsaw puzzles, especially on snowed-in days like this one. I enjoy the relaxing and invigorating mental exercise they provide. It isContinue reading “The Puzzle”

There is No Plan B

Many years ago, when I was a worship leader in Ohio, my pastor and I came to an understanding. I told him that the Lord had forbidden me to lead our congregation out of my own musical ability or experience. I was only to use my abilities in response to the leading of the HolyContinue reading “There is No Plan B”

Imitators

Like it or not, throughout life we almost always have someone who is watching us. Someone may actually be following our example. Imitating us. It may be a sibling, a friend, a student, a person we’re discipling, or someone we don’t even know. But they know or see something in us that motivates them toContinue reading “Imitators”

God’s Mysterious Plan

(*This is the second essay in an end-of-crazy-2020 series.) I remember the first time I watched the movie “The Sixth Sense,” a brilliantly written and acted thriller. I got so caught up in the characters that I did not perceive that I was experiencing a sense of mystery. Toward the very end, I had anContinue reading “God’s Mysterious Plan”

Keep Standing

Often we are told in the Word and by the Spirit to simply stay put. To stand firm in the spot where God has planted us. There are seasons for breaking new ground and moving forward with kingdom assignments. There are other seasons to continue in the instruction we have already received until new revelationContinue reading “Keep Standing”

God Uses Evil for Good

I was with two other women in ministry recently, talking about how the COVID virus has impacted just about every aspect of our daily lives and ministries. Where we go, who we see, how we earn a living, how we plan our next steps. It’s been frustrating on the human level for sure. But weContinue reading “God Uses Evil for Good”

In and Out of Order

I have come to realize that order is essential to maintaining my peace. I don’t function well with clutter and disorder in my home, my workspace, my thoughts, my words, or my relationships. I don’t meet the criteria to be diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but I do have a need to keep things clean andContinue reading “In and Out of Order”

God’s Purpose on Purpose

These days of angst, anger, and existential dread are trying to the soul of anyone who loves God, loves people, loves justice and peace. They are days of an increased sense of futility. As in the garden, our work has been cursed and plagued, and our relationships strained. We shouldn’t be surprised by this, becauseContinue reading “God’s Purpose on Purpose”