Tag: hope

OUT OF THE CHAOS 01.27.2022

3When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—4what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Psalm 8:3-4 Have you ever looked at the night sky with the stars shining brightly and …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 01.26.2022

Intimacy…Known…Chosen… Set apart…Desired These words all reflect the tenor of Paul’s opening sentence to the believers in Ephesus. As I read all the ways I am known by God, the lengths he went to in order to guarantee a relationship with me, my heart is stirred. The best gifts I ever received all have one …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 01.21.2022

Sychronized movement captivates me. Whether it is perfectly timed dancing or sychronized swimming, the essential nature of being completely in tune with the other participants fascinates me. Perhaps my fascination is because I am not overly coordinated in that area. There is another arena where absolute sychronization creates a beautiful dance to behold. Paul says …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 01.20.2022

I moved away from home when I was eighteen years old. I first attended Bible college and then volunteered for a year working for a mission agency. Immediately following my year of service, I was married. We located in the midwest and I never moved back to my childhood home to live for longer than …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 01.11.2021

I hear voices in my head. I hear my own voice sometimes affirming me, sometimes chastising me, sometimes encouraging me, sometimes just talking about whatever I am doing. I hear the voice of the enemy. His voice discourages, intimidates, deflates, shames, blames and squelches me. I am getting better at identifying it for what it …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 01.03.2022

Monday officially kicks off 2022 for me. The first two days of 2021 were spent celebrating Jesus’ birth, our family and welcoming the new year. The time was chaotic, funny, affirming and filled with food fit for a king. At one point in the preparation process, my daughter and I looked at each other and …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.28.2021

Liminal space. The time between what was and what will be. It is a place of transition, a season of waiting, of not knowing. It can be illustrated by moving from one room to another. There is a moment when I am in neither room but rather in the doorway. The space between one room …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.24.2021

8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.22.2021

This week the focus is peace — peace that is beyond understanding. The quiet strength that seeps through everything regardless of circumstances. How do I access that kind of incredible staying power? There is a formula! Step one: practice joy. Step two: relinquish worry into Father’s capable hands and thank him while you’re there! 6Don’t …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.10.2021

Here we are just two weeks before Christmas. I wonder what you are experiencing. If you picked a movie to illustrate how you feel, would it be a Hallmark movie? How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Christmas with the Kranks? It’s a Wonderful Life? Or maybe something else entirely! What would you choose? I wonder if …