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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…

Enough Money?

Can I trust God? Do I have enough of money? My car decided it didn’t want to “go”. In bright orange letters, it announced “Immobilizer Issue, Check Manual.” I tried again; little power accompanied by lurching. Unsuccessful in maneuvering to the curb, all but the orange parade died.   Keep calm… put on the flashers.…

Unanswered Prayers

Unanswered prayer.  Unexpected answers. We pray, hoping the Lord will change something: a circumstance, a situation, a heart. With frustration, we realize it seems nothing has changed. But we’re wrong. The “something” the Lord has changed is the heart.   I prayed for decades. I knocked, asked, and prayed for a couple of decades. Sometimes…

Waiting for God’s Best

My two front teeth were crooked from childhood, well into adulthood. One partly overlapped the other. I was extremely self-conscious. When senior picture day arrived, I tried to smile without showing my teeth. It was tough to get a yearbook ready photo (let alone one my mother liked). Fortunately, we had a good photographer. Years…

Our Focus Determines Our Future

Are you ready to rip-off, wad-up and toss the last calendar page of 2020? I am. I don’t know anyone who isn’t. 2020 has the potential of leaving us with PTSD, unable to stand, questioning the faithfulness of God. That’s not a good place to be. Even though it may not seem like it, we…

Jesus Calling

How do you cope with an annoying, on-going responsibility? An obligation some would say is “not your problem.” A duty that it’s clear Jesus wants you to assume. Nancy lived with schizophrenia, an incurable disease. Management of her care fell to Sherrie, her closest relative. While all Nancy’s needs were addressed through social services, her…

Decisions

Making Decisions How do you make a decision? Every day we make dozens of them, with no conscious thought: take the vitamins; flip the light switch; flush the toilet. If I don’t take my morning vitamins then I might find myself sluggish that afternoon. Annoying but not life-threatening. Forget to turn the light on before…

With Thanksgiving on Our Lips

Life can be overwhelming. Sometimes the Lord gives us what feels like way more than we can handle. Recently I found myself dealing with an elderly mother-in-law in palliative care, a mentally ill family member refusing needed treatment for a physical problem, and an emotionally challenged member struggling with consequences – some from her decisions…

Banishing “But”

We need to virtually banish the word but from our vocabulary. But can be okay, occasionally showing up with a positive slant on things. Unfortunately, but frequently shows up with its pal if or worse, with its two best friends, what if. But and but what if can wreck havoc in the heart and mind.…

Forty Days

Ash Wednesday, Lent: Forty Days till Easter. Many will choose to fast something, remembering Christ’s time in the wilderness, His time of prayer, fasting and temptation immediately preceding the beginning of His ministry. Often we abstain from a favorite treat, like chocolate, ice cream or some other goody we enjoy. Yesterday we heard a sermon…