Choosing Joy in Pain

Choosing Joy in Pain

by
Dr. Gary Oliver tells of how during an incredibly difficult and painful season in his life – death, disease, pain, suffering – God impressed on him that he was to develop a message on joy. Gary’s response was, “Sure, as soon as this season of suffering is over, I’ll...
Echoed Voices

Echoed Voices

by
There is a voice speaking, “I’m a failure.” It’s my voice. 9th grade. Overwhelmed by high school. Parents divorcing. With the benefit of hindsight – many years of hindsight! – I know now it was a cry for help, an appeal for someone to demonstrate that I am...
The “I WILLS” of Psalm 77

The “I WILLS” of Psalm 77

by
  My favorite cartoon growing up was Calvin and Hobbes. I think it’s their fault that now I find myself a rambunctious doodler. One in particular has always been a favorite. Image Source To be honest, at first I didn’t know why the Lord brought this silly cartoon...
When the Noise Chokes Out the Voice

When the Noise Chokes Out the Voice

by
A newsletter from wise thinkers. An informational email from my church. New posts to my favorite gardening blog. A cute Instagram picture of my kids. An alarm on my phone to remind me to pray for a friend on the mission field. NPR’s Morning Edition catching me up on...
When God Blinks

When God Blinks

by
There is an old hymn based on Matthew 10:29-31 that says, “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me” Yet I can think of at least 3 instances in my life where it seemed that God blinked. One was frightening. One was devastating. One was traumatic. How about...