Who’s Guarding Your Word-Gate?

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. – Psalm 141:3 That verse was pinned to my cubicle wall at my first job after graduating college. As a proofreader, I dealt with written words all day, but I also dealt with office gossip. I quickly realized that this verse needed… Continue reading Who’s Guarding Your Word-Gate?

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Pride & Prejudice, and Staying in Love Anyway

My favorite movie has long been Pride & Prejudice, the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Artistically crafted and perfectly acted, everything about this movie captivates me. If you’re a fan, I don’t need to explain further. If you’re not…well, I won’t bore you anymore. But I do have a point to make.… Continue reading Pride & Prejudice, and Staying in Love Anyway

Christian Meal Replacement Plan

When I was a teenager, I recognized that I wanted to be closer to God, but I just couldn't figure out how to do it. I couldn't seem to find the time to pursue a relationship with him when I was so busy with school and friends and everything else that occupies a teenager's mind,… Continue reading Christian Meal Replacement Plan

Open Up to the Impossibilities

God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible - what a pity that we only plan the things that we can do by ourselves. - A. W. Tozer Remember how the disciples sometimes seemed surprised when Jesus performed a miracle, or equated him to other great men of faith rather than… Continue reading Open Up to the Impossibilities

Christ’s Pattern for Prayer

I don’t know about you, but sometimes…just occasionally….my mind wanders when I pray. In the morning, distractions of the day nudge their way into my thoughts, and at night, fatigue derails my train of thought completely. To get back on track, I recite a section of the Lord’s Prayer as a sort of category, and… Continue reading Christ’s Pattern for Prayer

I Don’t Always “Feel” Like a Christian…

...even though I have faith that I am. What I mean is, I don’t always sense the presence of the Holy Spirit who lives inside me. I don’t “feel” him in my heart. (And sadly, I don’t allow myself to be controlled by him every moment.) Even when I am deeply immersed in my devotional… Continue reading I Don’t Always “Feel” Like a Christian…

How Do We Attain Authentic Peace?

Until it was pointed out to me years ago, I had never considered that Christ wishes for us to have peace-filled lives. Most, if not all, of the epistles begin with this greeting: “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” - I Corinthians 1:3 How lovely to begin his letters to us with that message! It is… Continue reading How Do We Attain Authentic Peace?

Chia Seeds & a Little Faith

As I was eating some delicious Mexican chocolate chia pudding this morning, I could not help but shake my head in wonder. What was once a seed reserved for growing grassy hair on “Ch-ch-ch-chia” Pets and Chia Heads has now been shown to be a superfood, and as a bonus, one that can create a… Continue reading Chia Seeds & a Little Faith

Just Do the Thing

Last weekend, with joy and a few tears, we celebrated my oldest son’s sixteenth birthday. For Aidan, as for any American teenager, this birthday is a milestone because he’ll receive his driver’s license this year. And he’s earned it. He’s got a lot of common sense and good driving instincts, and he’s logged many hours… Continue reading Just Do the Thing