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The Inconvenience of Compassion

There are times when we’re asked to do something inconvenient. I was asked to occasionally drive an elderly patron to church. Occasionally turned into a regular thing. It meant losing twenty minutes of sleep every Sunday, driving in the opposite direction of the church, then backtracking to reach our destination. Inconvenient. And, I’d have to…

Passed Over

Being “passed over” when teams were being formed in gym was never a good feeling. Being rejected – “passed over” – for an opportunity to participate in a play or join others for a special activity was painful. Being “passed over” by the in-crowd was wounding. As adults, we may have found ourselves “passed over”…

When God Says “No”

How do we respond when the Lord’s answer is “No”? When we struggle with relationships, problems, finances, illness, or see a loved one slowly slipping into the deepening shadow of Alzheimer’s? My sister suffers from schizophrenia. Diagnosed decades ago, I long prayed for healing only to watch her symptoms worsen. There are so many stories…

Everlasting Love

As a teenager, I dreamed of finding that one, perfect “someone.” My “knight in shining armor” who would love me (as Luther Vandross wrote in his song) “always and forever”. To him, I would be “perfect” despite my physical imperfections (I would never look like Twiggy or have thick, flowing waist-length hair like the model…

A Steadfast Focus on Jesus

At the conclusion of 2020 many of us (myself included) were optimistically looking forward to the fresh start a new year brings. Hoping to put political and racial tensions behind us, encouraged by the announcement of vaccines to help protect us from COVID, we anticipated a respite from the unending anxiety and stress of a…

Trusting God with the Future

Lately, I’ve struggled to trust God with the future. Listening to the news, I’m challenged to believe for a better tomorrow – or at least one that’s no worse than today. Sometimes I slip into worry. I have to remind myself that God is sovereign. Over and over I recall Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know…

Courage to Believe

Last year we received three surprises: both our daughters were pregnant, they were due in the same month, and both babies were diagnosed with serious health issues. Wow. I have anxious moments during pregnancies, struggling with “what if” fears. But when tests reveal something is wrong the hovering “what if” becomes an identifiable, sharp-toothed monster.…

God Keeps His Promises

Obedience and blessing. Years ago, I decided to “go,” to accept a job in another state. Going was my idea. I had doubts but couldn’t identify a “good reason” why I shouldn’t go. It was a great job; it would be a step up in my career. Despite repeatedly sensing I should stay (which I…

Prayer Warriors

Abby is a faithful prayer warrior. Every day Abby spends hours in prayer. We met almost thirty years ago when she facilitated a women’s prayer group, a fellowship that gathered  and prayed for many years. Over fifteen years ago Abby became a widow, losing her husband to a sudden, fatal heart attack. We talked one…

Don’t Be Afraid or Discouraged

A quiet pause. Regina had already decided to accept the task the Lord called her to, to live the dream of her youth. She chose to ignore the scary thoughts (most whispered by the enemy) that begged for her attention: “How will you get this done?” “Do really you think you can learn all the…