Hunger finds me; I don’t have to go looking for it. Why isn’t it that way with a hunger for God and His Word? I can put a parade of inessentials ahead of going to God’s Word when I don’t hunger for it. I can call them important must-do’s; but the truth is they aren’t as life-changing as God’s Word. I learned something about my own hunger for God’s Word when it became buried under too many “good” and sometimes important tasks. My husband and I took a two-day break to one of our favorite Georgia places—Callaway Gardens. It is 2,500 acres of beauty and peace. I reconnected with my hunger for spiritual protein during those two days. I returned home with a new vendetta against my own neglec

Renew Your Mind

The will of God is my highest aim and most frustrating target. Even though I know God’s will is my best option in every choice, my own will battles to be heard. It’s a tug-of-war I don’t want or need. Why can’t I just pick God’s will out like the closest apple from a tree? Why does God’s will feel so hard to know for sure? It was a familiar scripture, usually used to strengthen commitment, that taught me my most important lesson about how to know God’s will. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is. Romans 12:2 There it was: renew your mind—know God’s will. My mind runs on self-will, self-thought, self-determination. My mind

An Amazing Exchange!

I don’t know how I’m going to make it! is the scream I hear inside my head. It comes from hitting some energy or confidence wall. It doesn’t matter whether it is real or not. The cry paralyzes me and sabotages every best effort. I remember accepting the college teaching job that took me 470 miles away from family and everything familiar. It was a scary and exhilarating possibility until it seemed to expose every weakness I had about myself. I thought getting this job was proof enough to keep self-doubt at bay. I was wrong. Into that bottomless pit of recognizing that my best strengths weren’t enough to compensate for my weaknesses, God introduced me to a lesson from His Word I will neve

small beginnings

What do you do when you are overwhelmed by some big project or life event? Whether it is a new health crisis, life without someone we love, the last push to finish some unforgiving deadline, or enduring another difficult activity; the overwhelming largeness of what lies ahead steals energy without replacing it. A couple of weeks ago, I shared how I learned early in my young adult life that God wanted a large investment in my beginnings. (See What God Creates) I understood that whether it was a new job, a new writing project, or a new place to live; God wanted my beginning to take me where His abundance and contentment could fill it. I am easily overwhelmed when life requires careful jugglin

A Nation Blessed?

Are we a nation God can bless or are we losing our status as a “one nation under God?” Some would say that our nation is better off without the Judeo-Christian belief that God is the head of all that He has made—including this nation. Others believe we have progressed beyond our need for God. Still others declare that no one, no matter their credentials, has the authority to impinge upon our right to live our own way by our own beliefs and moral compass. However, the question I want to ask is are we missing blessings because we have abandoned God’s directives, ethics, values, and priorities to pursue our “better” and more “culturally appropriate” interpretation? Have we, like the Children of