Dropping Anchor

Just when it felt like life might return to normal, my state’s governor took measures to close down churches and businesses, again. This week, I felt the anxiety and discouragement wash over me. I don’t think that I have ever been so concerned for my community or the future of my country. Uncertainty seems to... Continue Reading →

Knowing How The Story Ends

What is it about a good story that can keep me up until 2:00 a.m. reading? Sometimes, even a mediocre story can be compelling. There is a human curiosity to find out what happens next. Sometimes, we already know how the story ends, but we can’t wait to find out how that conclusion is reached.... Continue Reading →

Enough IS Enough!

Following Christ is like going up the down escalator. You can make progress with a focused effort, but if you stop to look around at all, worldly cares and the desires of the flesh carry you in the wrong direction. The world is constantly pulling on you. The only way up is to look at... Continue Reading →

Stop Asking Questions!

When my alarm went off on Thursday morning, I was discouraged to realize that I felt just as unwell as I had when I had fallen asleep the night before. I hit snooze, and took a couple of Tylenol before putting my head back on the pillow. It was the third day in a row... Continue Reading →

Get Used To Disappointment

At times this life can be so filled with disappointments and discouragement. We see this world around us is filled with sin, evil, disease, destruction, and despair; yet all of us have this idea in our minds of how good we think our lives should be or will be. It seems like we all set... Continue Reading →

The Positive Pessimist

Some see the glass as half-empty and others see it as half-full. Both are correct, so I am not sure that this idiom is really an indication of a person’s outlook. In my view, it is less about the current level of water in the glass, and more about how concerned a person is with... Continue Reading →

Bitter Roots or Happy Trails

I try to guard against bitterness, but sometimes it sneaks into my heart and flows out before I realize it. When I wrote Fairytales and Other Pet Peeves, I was concerned that perhaps I had been too negative, though it was not my intention. I think as we get older, we become more susceptible to... Continue Reading →

God Is My Matchmaker, Part I

I’m in full vacation-count-down mode for an upcoming trip to Montana with my sister. Some of my co-workers, Christians whom I count as friends, have begun a mantra of “Maybe you’ll meet a cowboy!” My last big vacation was to Hawaii, and prior to that trip, there was similar talk of me “meeting” a man.... Continue Reading →

I Choose Joy

The heat of Summer has descended upon Southern California, and with it, the usual complaining. It seems as though people here complain more about the weather than average. So, a few years ago, I decided that I was not going to join in any longer. Yesterday, I decided to take it a step further: I... Continue Reading →

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