Tag: hopeless

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.29.2021

Today I used a chop saw for the first time in my life. It was frightening and exhilarating all at the same time. My sisters and I are having a short retreat the next two days and decided we needed a project to do. Brainstorming sitting by the river, we decided to do something involving …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.19.2021

On Friday, I said I would be preaching at Maple City Chapel sharing our experience of The Best Worst Year. If you didn’t have an opportunity to listen live, you can access it here. What does one do when she lays it all down over the course of several hours and two services? She follows …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.28.2021

If there is only one verse a child learns at some point in Sunday school, it is John 3:16. Considered to be the essence of the gospel in one concise statement, it is the gold standard. 16“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.10.2021

Drawing dark, thick lines in the sand are, most of the time, invitations to disaster. Too often, the one who speaks vehemently, without regard for their own fallibiity, find themselves on the wrong side of that line. As I studied this week, I found this helpful prayer. I recommend adopting it! 3Take control of what …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.28.2021

Pause. Sometimes life pauses. The work on the cabin is paused. Paused for a wedding, for the weekend, for the holiday, for personal interests. It sits and waits — patiently. Sometimes pauses are welcomed with grateful hearts. Other times pauses are forced and unwelcome intruders. There is one perspective I always gain in a pause. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.12.2021

Last spring when I was cleaning out our landscaping, I came across an ant hill beneath a Bird Nest pine. The pine looked amazing, but I was tired of the mess the ants made beneath it. I decided to take care of it. As a caveat — I do not recommend this method for ant …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.06.2021

18When the Lord finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, written by the finger of God. Exodus 31:18 1Then Moses and the leaders of Israel gave this charge to the people: “Obey all these commands that I am giving you today. 2When you cross the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 03.29.2021

The book of Deuteronomy is one of my favorites; it speaks so much of God’s love to me. His desire for a people devoted to him is evident on every page. He longs for me – and you – to be wholly set apart for him. I completely understand if that is not your perspective …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 03.26.2021

Wednesday I challenged you to talk to Jesus about how he was able to humble himself, set aside his rights as God and become a human. I wonder if anyone took time to do that? I admit, asking Jesus questions might seem odd to you. That’s okay. You aren’t alone. It is something I am …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 03.25.2021

1Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, 2saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day …