Tag: despair

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.26.2020

This week, I invite you to walk with me through some of my inner thoughts regarding Psalm 107. The first time I remember reading it, I thought it would make a great sermon series. I even outlined it and used it as a part of an assignment in my Homiletics (Preaching) class. Perhaps it would …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.21.2020

Loss. The topic for this week because it is everywhere. It isn’t just death, the loss of a loved one, but the hard things that visit us out of nowhere. Job changes, health crisis, family difficulty, unmet dreams … the challenges of life. Looking to the psalms and David’s writing in particular, we learn how …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.16.2020

I am a journaler. Not an everyday sort of journaler but a regular writer. This week I filled a journal I started in January of 2019. As I prepared to write my final entry, I turned back to review the previous year. On March 25, 2019, I wrote this: I wonder if we all slowed …

out of the chaos 05.04.2020

Today our state begins the transition from COVID-19 isolation to “normal,” whatever that is. Your state may be different, but the gate is open. I admit, I approach the gate very cautiously, looking carefully in every direction. Is it safe to wander beyond the confines of my yard? I found a few verses that will …

Keep the End in Mind

Dave and I are in an awesome phase of parenting – empty nesters. Most parenting begins at the same place: infants and toddlers. The most basic job a parent has in this stage is to keep the children alive. Somedays it feels like herding cats. I remember the day I came upon my youngest daughter …

Did someone say camping?

Camping is foreign to some people. Maybe it is to you. I grew up camping. My childhood family of nine always had some sort of recreational vehicle – travel trailer, truck camper, renovated school bus, mini motorhome – we had it all at one time or another. Camping is a lot of work, especially with …

Daily Reads 07.01.2019

Freedom. What does that mean to you? It seems simple – freedom is to be free. But free from what? Oppression is the simple answer, but as I pondered freedom my mind raced in many directions. This week in the United States we celebrate freedom from the domination of Great Britian. Our forefathers gathered together, …

What Would Jesus Say to Me?

The first time I encountered a ropes course was my first year of teaching in 2008. Every fall the high school students participated in a three day event designed to build community. Interterm, as it was called, offered a different activity each day. I chose to go with the students to the ropes course. A …

Daily Reads 06.23.2019

But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22 So Jesus said, “…I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught …

Daily Reads 06.22.2019

Read: Acts1:14 The good news is that Jesus’ mother and brothers did become believers. They were gathered with the others in the upper room at Pentecost. His brother, James, wrote the book of James we find in the New Testament. He also lead the Jerusalem council recorded in Acts 15. Whatever you are experiencing right …