The Source of Satisfaction

As the excitement of Christmas fades and the New Year dawns, our attention is turned toward the open chapter before us.  We plan, set goals, and dream about the potential “better” of the months to come.  Yet, despite our hopes and good intentions the truth is we have no idea what lies ahead.  Perhaps thisContinue reading “The Source of Satisfaction”

Rich in Deed

This past June marked four years since the advent of my reading addiction.  It began innocently enough with the goal of reading one book per month but this craze has now culminated to a point of madness.  Case in point: I frequently find myself reading 3 (sometimes more!) books at a time and endlessly addingContinue reading “Rich in Deed”

Rich Conversation

I’m going to be really honest:  I’m writing this post as a challenge to myself.  As an extroverted person, I love being around people and am always up for hanging out with my friends.  However, I’m not always great with initiating conversation, usually preferring that others lead.  When I do initiate, I tend to stickContinue reading “Rich Conversation”

How Can it Be? True Identity Revealed

How can it be that you see me and know me?  That thought is too wild for my mind to contain and too precious for my heart to hold.   Yet the truth remains.   You number the hairs on my head and you know my innermost thoughts.  You know my name.  There has never been aContinue reading “How Can it Be? True Identity Revealed”

The Hope of all Things New

This past December I had the opportunity to hike some beautiful trails in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  The scenery was gorgeous and I relished the views that differ so greatly from my homeland of Northwest Ohio.  As my eyes rested on the rolling hills and waterfalls, my heart was filled with gratitude and IContinue reading “The Hope of all Things New”

But I Have Prayed for You…

“Simon, Simon behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail,”  (Luke 22:31-32).  This verse has been on my heart all day today.  Consequently, it was this verse that led me to do something I have never done before-Continue reading “But I Have Prayed for You…”

Denial and Invitation: Peter’s Story and Ours

I’ve always liked Peter.  That guy was all in.  He stepped out of the boat to walk on water and he knew that Jesus was the Christ.  He also cut a guard’s ear off during Jesus’ arrest in the garden.  He was so confident that he was always right.  And he was so sure thatContinue reading “Denial and Invitation: Peter’s Story and Ours”

A Call to Abide: The Quenching of a Rebellious Spirit

I’m not what most people would call a rebel.  I follow the rules, prefer order and schedules, and generally like to color inside the lines.  Yet somehow all of this changes when I sit in the driver’s seat of my car.  For whatever reason, I cannot bring myself to simply drive in accordance with thoseContinue reading “A Call to Abide: The Quenching of a Rebellious Spirit”

The God of All Comfort in Depression

 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”  (Psalm 42:11) Disturbed.  Turmoil.  Downcast. These are words often used in association with an emotional crisis.  Words used to express a state of distress orContinue reading “The God of All Comfort in Depression”

The God of All Comfort in Anxiety

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Phillipians 4:6-7) A restless mind, jittery legs, and trouble breathing.  These are just a few manifestations of anxiety. Continue reading “The God of All Comfort in Anxiety”