The devil is real. We all “kind-of” know that… but, truth be told, we often aren’t really sure what that actually means… or how to deal with it.  Some of us may not really want to think about it all that much, because we’re afraid… or confused… or […]

“Not now, sweetie, I’m busy.” “Go ask mom.” “I can’t.  I’m going to the mall with Julia tomorrow.” “I’d rather go to the movies.” “What did you say?  I wasn’t listening.” It hurts when those we love are too busy for us.  It doesn’t just hurt; it breaks […]

  Emptiness abounds.  A click of a button can become a painful reminder of the parched souls and aching hearts that may be hiding behind the faces of our closest family, neighbors, and friends.  Sometimes, we see the pain; other times, we don’t find out until it is […]

  Stop right there. Just go pre-order the book (click on the picture above). THEN come back and read all the reasons why. No, seriously…it’s THAT good. And I do not dole out compliments on books often. But this is one you just NEED to get. You can […]

Where does joy come from? Something that gets whole groups of Christians spinning in circles is the question of happiness.  I have friends who get weird looks and comments from strangers in public because they’re just “too happy.”  It often comes up in many churches that Christians should […]

  Grace. Yes. That word. It is trendy, it’s hip, it’s just the right blend of a pinch of reformed and dash of hipster, and when you drop it into conversations, everyone thinks you’re totally relevant and totally accepting of all those things that more “prudish” Christians look […]

I don’t think I’ll ever get used to having as dear and sweet a friend as Jesus.  I don’t even know where to find the words for the love He has shown me.  The joy, the thrill, the sense of humor, all make me want to laugh and […]

I was praying in the morning a few weeks ago when the Lord interrupted me to tell me something. “I love you.” What shocked me was that my first thought in reply was “You do?” I know that Jesus loves me.  Not just because I have heard it, […]

Does it feel kind of like we’re back at square one?  Fear involves punishment, so we should not be afraid if we love God, but Jesus Himself said that we should fear God because of… punishment?   Sometimes it is so easy for us to take things apart […]

  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. ~Proverbs 9:10   If you have grown up in the church, perhaps you have heard this verse often enough to be thinking already, “It’s not really fear though.  We’re […]