• 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…

  • 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 “attitude of prayer” . . . what is ceaseless praying . . . what is God telling me to do in this verse? I really wanted to understand. I stayed frustrated about what ceaseless prayer really meant until I came across a little book that is now…

  • 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 of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. The first woman walked with God in unhindered intimacy and He personally took her on her first walk, as He introduced her to His world. Yesterday, I shared with you that cultivating a passion for God begins with walking closely…