The Slow Wait

The Slow Wait

These walls held raucous laughter only a few hours ago, but now as everything is quiet, and I pick up the remains of delightful mayhem, the tears begin to slide. My daughter’s family has started their long trek home, all four little ones tucked safely inside their extremely packed vehicle. All the other family and friends have gone home. It’s just me and LeRoy again and the house feels too silent. As I pick up discarded Christmas bags and boxes, strip sheets from beds and roll up sleeping bags, I recount the many conversations, the Christmas cookies decorated, the bedtime stories read, and silly songs shared. I treasure the sweet memories made this week. It is times like this that life’s fleeting nature presses in with a greater intensity. Love and life’s brevity can be so painful.

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Learning to Ceaselessly Adore

Learning to Ceaselessly Adore

I remember bombarding my fourth-grade Sunday school teacher with questions about the verse, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Her answer only increased my confusion: “It means to stay in an ‘attitude’ of prayer” was her firm (and joyless) reply. “An attitude of prayer” . . .? I couldn’t reconcile her answer with my struggle as I read and re-read this verse. What is an...

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God’s Training Ground for Love

God’s Training Ground for Love

The greatest love story lies at the heart of the gospel. The first invitation to love comes in the first days that man walked with God. Days filled with: beauty, youth, freshness, unspoiled terrain, courage, strength, perfection, fearless adventures, experiencing pure enjoyment with no regrets. The first couple had no context for comprehending pain and death. The earth was full of the knowledge...

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Living with Passion Begins with Walking

Living with Passion Begins with Walking

“She has such a passion for God . . . and I don’t. What’s wrong with me?” Ever voiced that? I love when I’m asked this question, because this friend is grappling with their lack of fire or drive for God . . . and that is a good thing. Walking closely with God should be the driving purpose for every believer. And when we grow cold, we need to investigate why. My quick answer to this...

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Ready for Something New?

Ready for Something New?

It’s mid-winter and you may be stuck in the gray blahs. Do you feel like you’re on a never-ending treadmill of repeating the same old schedule over and over? Stuck in a joyless rut? What if God has something new for you? Would you be ready for it? God does have something new for you. I guarantee it. How do I know? Just read this: Remember not the former things, nor consider the things...

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