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...
Praying in the Restroom

Praying in the Restroom

I heard her weeping and didn’t know what to do. It wasn’t exactly a convenient time for a divine appointment. After all, I was in the middle of a busy workday and had only run to the restroom for a few necessary moments. As I was heading back to my desk, I...
What’s in Your Hand?

What’s in Your Hand?

When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses wasn’t so sure he was up for the challenge. The conversation between Moses and God is quite lengthy because Moses argued with God for a good bit (like that was going to get him anywhere). We’re going to...