The 5 Senses: Protect Your Heart

The 5 Senses: Protect Your Heart

“Follow your heart” is a phrase we hear often. It seems innocent enough. Many movies and television shows revolve around characters who follow their hearts, and the ending is usually happy. Yet God commands us to do the opposite. “The heart is deceitful above all...
Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Whenever three-year-old Ava walks through our front door, I ask her that question. “Who are you?” It’s an answer I know before she says a word. All I have to do is look at her hair. One braid means she’s Princess Elsa, two braids means she’s Princess Anna, a braid...
Four Powerful Words

Four Powerful Words

The experts in analyzing human behavior tell us that people have two basic needs: To feel safe/secure and to feel in control. The physiological sensations I experience when I recollect times when I’ve experienced danger or felt out-of-control make me think there is...
Am I Hard or Soft?

Am I Hard or Soft?

Have you had a passage of Scripture that bothers you or that you just don’t understand? I have several of them. One is Exodus 9:12, “But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses” (NIV). Why is God...
Just in Time

Just in Time

All day long, I had been blinking back tears as I thought about Bob and how much I missed him. It had been more than six months since he passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease, but some days the melancholy thoughts and songs just wouldn’t leave my mind....
Rest is a Weapon

Rest is a Weapon

Recently my kindergartner was reading a book to me and sped through a sentence so fast she might as well have been reading in another language. She exhaled after she did this, though, and quietly said, “Just slow down … slow down,” and then read the...