Naked Ears and Back Roads

Confession: Sometimes I shut my ears to sound reason and ignore the Holy Spirit’s voice in my life. I oftentimes ask God, “Heal this,” “Direct me,” “Show me the right way,” and then when His voice lovingly and gently enters my heart to lead me— to sovereignly drive my car in the right direction— I suddenly put invisible ear muffs on and act like I can’t hear anything. As if I’m suddenly saying, “Actually, never-mind about all that guiding and...

If You Can’t See The Flowers

Today Josh and I had an appointment with a couple whose ministry is to meet with pastors and their wives to offer guidance and a listening ear. The challenges of full-time ministry sometimes feel overwhelming. What if ministry takes over our family and deteriorates us from the inside out?  I sometimes wonder how all this is going to end. Our counseling time has been gold. Afterwards, I snuggled up right under Josh’s chin and rested my head on his chest....

If I Say These Two Words to You Then I’m Lying

When I was little, my dad told me that lying is the worst thing you can do. I was puzzled by such a sweeping statement. “Why dad?” “Because if you kill someone, or steal something you can always still lie about it,” said my dad. Not the feel-good father daughter conversation of the year or a quote I’d post above my bed. My dad was interesting that way. I was probably only 5 years old when he told me that,...

God Didn’t Ask Abraham to Build an Ark

What happens when it’s time to take a radical step of faith? Remember that we are all called to our own version of challenging. It seems easy enough to remember that we all have a unique purpose, but it’s another thing entirely to walk the whole thing out. It was about five years ago when one of us said this phrase to the other. The kitchen and living room were empty. All of our belongings were either sold or packed...

The Good Realtor

  God didn’t change Jacob’s name to Israel because the name fit him at the time.  God gave him that name because of who he was becoming. Our pastor, Neil McClendon once said, “God is like a realtor who walks into a foreclosure, looks past the outdated wallpaper, stained carpeting, bubbling linoleum and says ‘I see what this house can be.’” Do we let the Holy Spirit into our basement filled with hoarded, unspoken fear?  Do we let him look...

What is a Power Phrase?

A power phrase is a short snippet of wording meant to do something mighty for those who say it! Power phrases are 2-10 word phrases that are easy enough to memorize in a day or say to yourself at a stop light. Sometimes it can be discouraging to take on a big passage, but a power phrase is easy to repeat throughout the day. Power phrases remind you of what was most transformative in a portion of reading. They are easy...