Staying Connected

I love being a musician and worship leader. I love playing my guitar before the Lord, because I know that the sound it produces when I play changes atmospheres. And in that changed atmosphere, I see the Lord touch peoples’ hearts. Many guitar players are gifted with technology, but all the pedals and wires, switchesContinue reading “Staying Connected”

“Buts” and “Ands”

So often in ministry and counseling work I encounter people who are plagued by “buts.” “I’d like to get out and meet some new people, but…. “I’d like to go back to church but….” “I’d like to tell my husband/wife/mom/dad/son/daughter, etc. how I really feel, but…. “I’d like to quit this bad habit, but….” “I’dContinue reading ““Buts” and “Ands””

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”

He is Here

Some days I just need to know that God is near. That he is here. That he sees, and hears, and knows. Like Hagar, desolate and alone one moment, and in the next moment comforted with this revelation: “You are the God who sees me” (Gen 16:13). Or like Jacob, dreaming of angels climbing upContinue reading “He is Here”

Phenomenal Cosmic Power–Itty-bitty Living Space

You may recall this quote from the genie (voiced so brilliantly by Robin Williams) in the animated movie “Aladdin.” Genie was describing himself, empowered to fulfill any wish, yet trapped inside a tiny bottle until summoned by a wisher. He could have been describing any one of us who have been filled with the HolyContinue reading “Phenomenal Cosmic Power–Itty-bitty Living Space”

What Measure Will You Use?

It never ceases to amaze me how the Holy Spirit leads me to supernatural convergences of biblical principles that turn into truth bombs in my brain. This week, as I pondered Proverbs 6 and Matthew 7 in my daily readings, one such bomb exploded. Many of the admonishments of the book of Proverbs, including theContinue reading “What Measure Will You Use?”

Sobriety

“Sobriety” is a word so beautiful when spoken by recovering alcoholics or addicts celebrating freedom from controlling addictions. My big brother is one of them. He calls me now and then and reports to me, “I’m still sober,” and I give joyful thanks and praise to God every time I hear it. If you askContinue reading “Sobriety”

Brothers and Sisters of Other Mothers

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 performances by some of the bestContinue reading “Brothers and Sisters of Other Mothers”