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Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

We can all be tempted to be a superficial friend. Being a true friend requires God’s abundant grace to lay down our lives. Resting on my desk in a silver frame is a photo of beloved friends sitting, smiling, and leaning into each other around a table. It was taken at a favorite restaurant in… Continue reading Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

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Forgetting: Leaving the Past Behind and Pressing On

Forgetting the past and pressing on towards the future can feel unobtainable. But the Lord calls us to witness the new things He is doing in our lives.  Ah, a new year is upon us yet again. (It will likely take me six months to remember to write 2019!) A new year can mean different… Continue reading Forgetting: Leaving the Past Behind and Pressing On

Devotional · Stay Sane

Mystery: The Holiness and Fear Surrounding Not Knowing

Walking with mystery can feel very much like stepping off the abyss. Yet, if we choose a life without mystery, we’ve chosen not to see beyond the surface of God, ourselves, or others. The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as… Continue reading Mystery: The Holiness and Fear Surrounding Not Knowing

Devotional · Stay Sane

Revolutionary: Expanding Our View of Mary, the Favored One

Do we really know Mary? Yes, she is the mother of the Messiah, but she is also called favored, and righteous. She sets the example of being a revolutionary, living full of God’s power, and being a world changer! “Mary, did you know…?” Picture me rolling my eyes. CAUTION: It’s possible that I’m about to… Continue reading Revolutionary: Expanding Our View of Mary, the Favored One

Devotional · Stay Sane

Past: Leaving Resentment and Pain Behind Us to Live Freely

The holiday season can quickly bring up old wounds and resentments within us that cause pain or anger. Leaving the past behind enables us to love freely.  Most of us have spent the first of America’s two major holidays of the year with members of our extended family. For various reasons, many of these family… Continue reading Past: Leaving Resentment and Pain Behind Us to Live Freely

Devotional · Stay Sane

Counterfeit: Why We Settle For Fake Jesus When He Offers the Real Thing

When we apply addition to the gospel of salvation – Jesus + the Law, Jesus + works – it becomes counterfeit. It is no longer about Jesus, but about us. My mom raised me with this example: Having grown up impoverished, she was determined to own nice things as an adult. She had a nose… Continue reading Counterfeit: Why We Settle For Fake Jesus When He Offers the Real Thing

Devotional · Stay Sane

Wait: Allowing Stillness in the Lord to Become Dancing

So much of life is waiting. It’s easy to allow our minds to race towards an ‘out’, but it’s in the wait, in the stillness that we find our faithful Lord.  I’ve kept a quote before me for years, decades now, I guess. It goes with me on my desk from location to location. Somehow… Continue reading Wait: Allowing Stillness in the Lord to Become Dancing

Devotional · Stay Sane

Beloved: Accepting Our Position As Dear to God’s Heart

The words “chosen” and “beloved” can feel like a foggy memory from a story about someone else we vaguely remember. The Truth is, we are His beloved.  For the past few months, I have been doing a personal 8-week Bible study on Ephesians…I’m in week 3. (Don’t judge me). If you read my last devotional… Continue reading Beloved: Accepting Our Position As Dear to God’s Heart

Devotional · Stay Sane

Holding Fast: Letting Go and Allowing God to Guide Toward Peace

How do we respond in the unexpected disappointments of life? We must learn to let go of our natural responses. Holding fast to God, while He guides us towards peace.  We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become something new by ceasing to be something old. Frederick Buechner Letting go, so… Continue reading Holding Fast: Letting Go and Allowing God to Guide Toward Peace

Devotional · Stay Sane

Shelter: Allowing God to Teach Us How to Be Safe People

The world is full of unsafe people, but God urges His children to be the safety. A person who will love and shelter, even in the presence of an insecure relationship.  Safe…who or what comes to your mind when you read that word? I know I should say JESUS, but I immediately think of my… Continue reading Shelter: Allowing God to Teach Us How to Be Safe People