When Others Reject Us

Rejection stings. While growing up, I was the awkward, frizzy haired kid from Podunk, Oregon. The one who came to school with a big, old feather dangling from my hair, my favorite pair of Velcro shoes on my feet, and clothes that immediately caused a stir—but not in a good way. I had no sense…

Fighting Discontentment–Video Devotion

It’s easy for me to focus on what I don’t have, be it material or opportunities, but doing so only feeds my discontentment and makes me miserable. Scripture teaches there’s a better, more joyous way to live!

Finding Peace Amid Relational Dysfunction This Christmas

Christmas, a time some look forward to and others dread. Some of us have lovely memories of friends and loved ones gathered around the table. For others, however, the relational dysfunction and outright hostility of Christmases past initiate a state of panic. Does it feel tauntingly ironic to celebrate the Prince of Peace in the…

The Imperfect Perfect Christmas

Perhaps I’ve let my family down. Years from now, my daughter might share stories of all Mom’s Christmas “fails.” The times when I burned the casserole, or dropped the turkey on the floor. Again. When she was young, I had great plans. For everything. The perfect decorations. A birthday party for Jesus with memorable family…

God’s Favor–The Gift of Presence

If God’s favor meant great health, I’d missed it. If it meant worldly success, happiness, prestige and anexpanding ministry, God had abandoned me. But if favor—if grace—meant a vivid revelation of my Father’s heart and a deepening intimacy with Him, then even as I lay in bed sick and fatigued, I rested squarely in my…

Peace in Uncertainty

One phrase, spoken by my husband, tossed my world upside down. I was a young mom who spent my days caring for our daughter and managing our home while my husband went to work. Were our roles to reverse, there was no way I could ever earn enough to support us. In other words, my…

The Power of Thanksgiving

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~Melody Beattie It was one of those phone calls that makes…

Fearless When Ill-equipped

“[God] wants those who belong to Him to be brave and fearless. He Himself shows how weakness of the flesh is overcome by the courage of the Spirit.” ~ Tertullian I felt squeezed. In every direction. Sleep deprived and with more on my to-do list than I could possibly accomplish, pressing deadlines, and an upcoming…

The Freedom of Living Wholly Loved

It was a simple, yet profound statement, one I thought of often in the months to come. My daughter was finishing her third, and perhaps most trying, semester at the University of Lincoln and dealing with sleep deprivation and time management challenges. To add to her stress, this was her first year living both out…

Upon Hearing God’s Call

C.S. Lewis “To follow [our calling] does not mean happiness, but once it has been heard, there is no happiness for those who do not follow.” If one were to make an analogy for how I lived the first thirty-some years of my life, they’d say I was a hamster darting every which way but…

Living Love’s Freedom

“Emptiness and anxiety can only be overcome through the power of love, which enables us to live with freedom and courage.” ~ Gordon T. Smith, Courage and Calling My heart felt as if it were being shredded. It’d been a tough week, one where conflict was triggering some very deep hurts from my past, hurts…