Slow Down

It’s hard to believe that we will kick off the Lenten season next week with Ash Wednesday. As you might imagine, the staff and I have been thinking a lot about it – our own spiritual journeys, worship services, Holy Week, and of course Easter Sunday morning. One...

Praying For You

I often write out my morning prayers and actually have volumes of prayer journals written over the years. Many of them are illegible on the pages – names and circumstances scribbled all over as my heart and mind usually race much faster than my fingers. It’s fun and...

Believe in Yourself

Did you realize that one of the most effective weapons someone can use against you is your own self-doubt? Most people I know experience some measure of it from time to time, which can lead to anxiety, paranoia, mistrust, and fear – fear of failure, fear of speaking...

Deep Joys of Love

Like many people, my heart broke Sunday afternoon upon hearing of the tragic helicopter crash that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara...

I Just Want to Do God’s Will

I spent most of this past Monday, January 20th reading and listening to sermons and writings of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They weren’t unfamiliar, but I wanted to hear them again, reading with fresh eyes for new meaning. I also wanted to honor this...

Write the Vision

During my devotional time this week, I ran across this line from the book of Habakkuk: “Write the vision; make it plain, so plain that even a runner passing by will be able to see and understand it.” (Habakkuk 2:2) A vision is the ability to see something that is not...