A New Lens For Relationships

True encouragement can’t take place in isolation.” Matt Mashburn A people person who pulls away from people. A person who has been hurt, wronged, and wounded by others' actions or words. A person who would like hide in a cave away from everyone. What...

Teens, Sex, and “the talk”

If you have a teen, sex is on your radar. As I mentioned in last month’s article, we live in a sex-saturated culture, and try as we might to fight against it, cultural influences inevitably seep into our churches, our families, and ultimately, our teens’...

Martha, Martha…

  In the familiar story of Mary and Martha we see the tension between intimacy with Jesus versus activity for Jesus lived out in vivid color. The tension between intimacy and activity is as real as it gets in our “captivity to activity”[1] present day...

How to Leave a Lasting Impression

It’s true that things don’t often go according to plan. I was scheduled to speak at a dinner in the evening, and had designed a bookmark as a small gift for the ladies who would be attending. The place holders just had to be printed and cut at the copy shop. I was...

Finding Mr. Right

Love doesn't tally wrongs or celebrate injustice . . . Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what. 1 Corinthians 13:5-6, 7 The Voice I used to have a “Mr. Right” doll. My husband gave him to...

The Journible – My Newest Obsession

Do you journal? Admittedly, I am not consistent about writing all the things that go on in my life in a journal. I write the BIG things in a quasi-journal. Sometimes I write my prayers, but it seems like I can say a whole lot more when I talk to God rather than...

Why We Shouldn’t Jump at Every Opportunity

If you were to offer me a cup of coffee right now, I’d gladly take one – with cream and sweetener, thank you very much. Were you to ask if I wanted to take a trip with you to someplace exotic, (exotic, by the way, means intriguingly unusual or different,...