Wings from Weights

Wings from Weights

There is a beautiful stained glass window in the historic Wesley’s Chapel in London, inscribed with these words: “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy ri... Read More »

Finding Perfection

Finding Perfection

I remember, as a very little girl, looking out across the field behind our home at what appeared to be the perfect tree. I could hardly contain my excitement as I ran to inspect it up close. But as I reached out to gather some perfect leave... Read More »

If We Only Knew

If We Only Knew

The woman’s life turned on four words, spoken by a stranger. “If you only knew.” She was a mess by anyone’s standards—married five times and now living with another man—but in one respect she was like anyone else. Maybe that’s what had driv... Read More »

The 5 Ws and 1 H of Praise

The 5 Ws and 1 H of Praise

Who? “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Are you breathing? Then that includes you. What? In this context,“praise” means “grateful respect or reverence.” Praise is a celebration of God’s goodness and grace. It turns our attent... Read More »

Growing Together

Growing Together

It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it... Read More »

Shaken by Life’s Changes

Shaken by Life’s Changes

Question: I prefer stability and routine to big changes and drama, but the latter seem inevitable. That’s unsettling. How can I learn to handle changing circumstances so they don’t rock my world so much? Answer: You’re right; change is inev... Read More »

The View from My Window

The View from My Window

Month by month, season by season, the view from my window is constantly changing. In January the trees are bare and the grass is faded, stubbly, brown. In March there is evidence of new life. Tiny buds have appeared on branches. Flowers str... Read More »

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

The next time you find yourself feeling down and out, you may be about to discover just how close and caring God is, because it’s through life’s most trying times that we learn He is always at our side. He loves us, wants only the best for ... Read More »

Desert Places

Desert Places

Camino tedioso. ¡No se duerma! (Spanish for “Monotonous road. Do not fall asleep!”) It wasn’t the first such warning sign we had passed. For several hours, as far as the eye could see, there had been little but unending stretches of desert,... Read More »

Progress Can Get Messy

Progress Can Get Messy

Progress can be a two-edged sword. On one hand it’s wonderful because it brings us closer to our goals, but on the other hand the change it entails can make us feel uncomfortable, destabilized, insecure. We want the benefits, but we wish we... Read More »

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