Your Failures and God’s Grace

I blew it yesterday. Not once. Not twice. But three times. If I’d been playing baseball, I would have completely struck out. The day started out well. I went to the gym, rode 17 miles on my bike, worked on the computer, and visited a friend. By 3:00pm, though, I was tired. As I sat […]

Pray for Our Babies

She was only 16. Pretty, outgoing, and full of hope for the future. Her plan was to attend college after graduation. Then she got pregnant. But despite the shame and fear she felt, a scared, young girl chose to let her baby live. And, I’m so thankful she did. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here. Since the […]

Say “Yes” to the Daniel Fast!

This past Sunday morning was like déjà vu. You know, when you feel as if you’ve been in the same situation before. The thing is, I have. Nearly six years ago. In August 2009, I sat in the same church under the same pastor, hearing the same challenge to seek the Lord through the Daniel Fast. I eagerly […]

While She Still Breathes

I sit next to my friend, Georgia, while she sleeps in her bed. Her body is wracked with infection. Her organs are shutting down. She hasn’t been able to eat or drink in more than a week. While Georgia inhales and exhales deeply, I watch. I listen. In and out, in and out. Every two seconds. […]

Do You Trust God?

It’s easy to say the words, “I’m trusting in the Lord.” But, what exactly does that mean? Trusting God involves remaining in His Word. Letting go of anxiety. Choosing to rest in His presence. Refusing to be held captive by fear. In human relationships, we often extend trust to someone only after it has been earned. But […]

Holy Week Prayer Guide – Easter 2015

Easter has always been special to me. When I was a young girl, I would get a new dress to wear on Easter Sunday. Plus, my mother always gave me a basket overflowing with plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies, and fun little gifts. But my fondest memory of Easter wasn’t the new dress, the basket, or the candy. […]

Join the Spiritually Strong Online Bible Study!

A few weeks ago, the first Spiritually Strong Online Bible Study was launched, and more than 675 people signed up! If you missed out or weren’t quite ready to commit, you have another opportunity to participate. But, first, let me explain what Spiritually Strong is and what the online study offers. To grow stronger in the Lord, […]

When Fear Becomes Faith

It should have been a relaxing date. My husband and I were at a nice restaurant three hours from home. Our daughters were staying with friends, so we had the weekend to ourselves. When the server brought our meal, Justin bit into his hamburger, but I could only manage a few bites of my salad. […]

Get Spiritually Strong in 2015!

What does it take to get in better physical shape? You have to push yourself beyond what’s comfortable. You can’t just sit around and think about working out. You have to get off the couch and do it. The same is true spiritually. To grow stronger in the Lord, you must exercise your muscles on […]

Ocean Depths

I’m fascinated by the ocean. When I look out upon its mighty waters, I’m in awe of God’s marvelous creation. But if I stay on the sand collecting sea shells and never venture out into the waves, I miss out. For just below the ocean’s surface is an amazing display of colors and creatures that’s breathtaking. The […]