If You Only Knew

If You Only Knew - Are you sure you know the whole story? How can we love one another and not condemn?

Are you sure you know the whole story? How can we love one another and not condemn? photo source: Sean MacEntee The other day we were late meeting friends at the beach, but I knew the contents of the gas tank would not get us there. I missed my turn for the gas station and […]

Gambling on Jesus

Gambling on Jesus: Take some risks this week. Gamble on Jesus. His ways are spot on.

Take some risks this week. Gamble on Jesus. His ways are spot on. The world admires risk takers. You know, people who drive fast, live loose, and otherwise push the limits. There’s this admiration for the guy in the leather jacket, that rebel without a cause, that James Dean kind of dude. Or at least […]

Turn Up Your Soundtrack

Turn Up Your Soundtrack - What is playing while you live out the action of your life? It totally effects the mood of the story.

The music of a movie is what makes us brave, gives us hope, and helps us take that next step. Don’t tell me you aren’t ready to climb five million stairs when you hear the theme song from Rocky. Admit it. It just gives you courage to do an impossible thing.

The music — what you hear while the action is going on — can change your interpretation of the scene. It changes how you feel about what’s going on.

Maybe the music playing in this scene of your life is a bit ominous, maybe it’s a bit sad, maybe it’s just too quiet.

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda: It

Tomorrow we celebrate the glory of Jesus’ resurrection, his triumph over sin and death. Not only are we freed to live a life worthy of the hope and calling of God, but we know that death cannot hurt us once this life is over. We can live eternally with Him. That’s big. I am humbled […]

9 Ways to Lean Godward This Week

9 Ways to Lean Godward This Week - Let

This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this site. So thanks! We are entering Holy Week, a special time set aside to think of Jesus’ long […]

A “Faith That Sticks” Giveaway from Tyndale House

A "Faith That Sticks" Giveaway from Tyndale House

The following giveaway is sponsored by Tyndale House Publishers: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: andreahimel@ I come from the school of thought that all of life is worship. Our worldview and particularly our God-view can’t be easily separated from our every day. Even when we’re not cognizant of it, it directs our actions. […]

Leaning Godwards

Leaning Godwards - How do you incline your heart toward God?

Years ago, we memorized “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” as a family. So cute to hear my kids lisp those words. Part of a mostly “praise song” tradition, I found the memorizing of hymns to be fascinating, especially so when I learned old, albeit archaic vocabulary and sentence structure. As a language student, I […]

Turn Your Failures into Victories

Turn Your Failures into Victories

From the archives: I tend to be the optimistic/Pollyanna type of person. (You’ve figured that out already, huh?) I can dream big dreams and envision such fun, exciting projects. Sometimes, those big dreams don’t exactly come to fruition, though. And when they don’t? Oh my. Stand back. Because you’re gonna have one disappointed girl on […]