Tag: change

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.10.2021

I use words all day long. Even when I am alone, I use words to communicate with God and to fight not yet encountered situations in my mind. So, even when my vocal chords are not producing audible sound, words run through my head. They communicate everything I need others to know and many things …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.07.2021

The most vivid example of Jesus withdrawing to pray is in the garden of Gethsemane before his crucifixion. It is here that we see the most vulnerable expression of his humanity firmly tethered to his unwavering determination to accomplish the salvation of the world. 41He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.15.2021

12Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 03.23.2021

In a season of change, it seems there is a lot of mess before there is order. As I shared yesterday, even changing decor from one season to the next is chaotic. Consider the day you decide to organize THE closet. Two hours later, everything looks much worse than when you started. Keeping at it …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 02.09.2021

10“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. 11And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? 12And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 01.26.2021

Hope: looking forward with confident expectation. As I scour the scriptures to build a theology of hope, I find that hope is always linked to Jesus’ death on the cross. It is his death that secures my future. I am guaranteed eternity with him in heaven and I look forward to it with confident expectation. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.19.2020

5You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Psalm 23:5 Our best worst year was 2016. The months leading up to it were filled with some really great moments, but some really tough dynamics as well. Then …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.13.2020

17For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. 19So then, let us aim for harmony in the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.10.2020

Thirty years ago on this day, my day began as every other. We were in the final stages of building our first house, planning to move in just before Thanksgiving. I was pregnant and due November 25. Yes — we were supposed to move on my due date. Then everything changed. About 6:30 p.m., as …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.09.2020

I am writing this before the USA election is decided. In a few days or maybe hours, fifty percent of the population will be disappointed. I don’t know which side of the fence you are on, but I’ve been thinking how I want to respond regardless of the outcome. “The king’s heart is like a …