Silence

It’s good to wait in silence for the Lord’s deliverance. It’s good for a man to carry a yoke in his youth. He should sit alone and be silent when God lays it on him. ~ Lamentations 3:26-28 When prompted to add the spiritual discipline of silence to my daily prayers, I fought it. Sustained periods of silence do not come naturally to me. But in sheer obedience to God’s Word, I began to sit…

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Selah

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah. ~ Psalm 68:19 “Whoa! You’re talking way too fast. You must stop long enough to breathe. Pauses are also important in a speech.” How well I remember some of my early training as a public speaker. My instructor was telling me to vary the rhythm—inserting pauses, rather than continually spouting information. Our word today is just that—a command to…

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Though

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! ~ Habakkuk 3:18 The news tonight was horrific. And frightening. Seemingly hopeless. And the news last night was the same. So, I must admit, I’m…

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Where?

Jesus replied, “Weren’t ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? No one returned to praise God except this foreigner?” ~ Luke 17:17-18 Leprosy is a horrific disease. It’s easy to recognize lepers. They’re the ones missing noses, fingers, and toes. Because they can’t feel pain, injuries aren’t treated. Not only does this infection spread to other people, but it carries with it a huge social stigma. In biblical times, leprosy was considered a punishment from…

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Chose

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit.” ~ John 15:16 I was usually the last one chosen for sports teams during elementary school recess. Back in the day, the captain of each team would take turns choosing players. Raised hands and shouts of “Me!” echoed until they grudgingly accepted the final leftover people.Kids like me. Chubby. Nonathletic. Slow runners. Is it any wonder I spent much…

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Burdens

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. ~ Psalm 68:19 As hard as it is to hear your young husband’s brain cancer diagnosed with “no cure,” my late friend, Jennifer Kennedy Dean, told me that in that moment a divine blanket of peace descended on them both, and the Source of comfort entered into their lives in a fresh way. “God is not a burden giver,” Jennifer recalled,…

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Soul

For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. ~ Psalm 107:8-9 “I did not know then what I would learn over many years—that he was a healer of souls.” John reflected upon his first visit with Dallas Willard. He later asked his mentor, “What do I need to do in order to stay spiritually healthy?” Dallas responded with the unexpected. “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”…

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Blessing

“I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing.” ~ Genesis 12:2 It took me a moment to recognize this holy moment, occurring in the midst of ordinary. I had just settled my first newborn grandchild into my eldest son’s lap when Uncle Justin did the unexpected. He gently laid his hand on top of his niece’s little head and…

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Gratitude

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude.  ~ Hebrews 12:28 They are the first words I see. The moment my eyes open from a night’s sleep. Stenciled on the gable directly across from my bed — “Each day is a gift from God.” Prompting me to thank God even before my feet hit the floor. Before the world inevitably begins to invade my posture of…

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Grace

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace. ~ John 1:16 “Sometimes I blurt out words that hurt other people. In trying to hide my insecurity, I become bossy, controlling and impatient. With ears tickled by the praise of others, my mood can fluctuate from joyful to despondent on the whim of someone’s opinion. But I don’t want to be this way! I often wonder if anyone will ever really love me.” I…

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Two Words on My Birthday

The next time I blog, I will be a whole year older. It seems to happen in the blink of an eye. One day we’re young and out to change the world, and the next day we turn around and six decades have flown by while we were simply living ‘one day at a time!’ Don’t scoff, my friend. If you haven’t yet experienced this phenomenon, your day will come (barring the undesirable alternative, of…

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“Mama, I Cut Off All My Hair!”

“Mama, I got somethin’ to tell ya…” said four-year-old Maggie as she knocked on my door during naptime.  “What is it hon?” I casually replied as I closed my notebook.           “Mama, I cut off all my hair!”           And she had. Her shoulder-length bob had been turned punk-like with several bangs only 1/8 inch long. For once in my life, I was speechless. But I distinctly heard a voice in…

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