“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” Billy Graham Yesterday marked four years since my dad died. Sometimes it seems like I’ve been under a long, unending fog since that signal day. Other times, the wound is fresh and gaping, … Read More
“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We officially celebrate Thanksgiving this week, but thanksgiving should be our default setting as Christians. My mind wandered this week to the song “For All These Things,” sung by Twila Paris and Wintley Phipps on the album “Savior” almost … Read More
In those seasons (which we all experience at some time or another) when you don’t feel able to lift a finger, much more put one foot in front of the other, it’s good to remember that Jesus is the lifter of your head. He carries us along when we have no strength left. Hallelujah! Have … Read More
Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Asia Bibi has been a poster child for persecution against Christians since 2009 when she was beaten, arrested, and sentenced to death by hanging for the trumped-up charge of blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad. Hundreds of thousands of Christians continue to suffer various … Read More
I’m on my second year going through Holley Gerth’s daily devotional calendar, excerpted above. As I read that message last week, I focused on the words “moving forward” and recalled Israel Houghton’s song by that name. We are never static in God, even in the in-between times in which we feel quagmired. He is with … Read More
“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.” Henry Ward Beecher I couldn’t resist snapping these flowers in my local farmer’s market. They literally were the sweetest things, immediately drawing me to their full-bodied, fall-fresh beauty. Hope you enjoy them, too! Happy Sunday!
I heard Maya Angelou say these words to Oprah a few days ago, and the sentence stuck with me. It’s been an unvoiced mantra of mine for years. She just put it into words perfectly! It reminded me of this admonition in Proverbs 30:8-9: Give me neither poverty nor riches—Feed me with the food allotted … Read More