Kathie’s Roman Digs (Week 13-Romans 5:1-11)

We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. Romans 5:2, MSG Now that… Read More

How do you use the word “Jesus”?

What is the word “Jesus” to you? When do you use it? How do you use it? Is it an exclamation: of alarm, of fear, of surprise, of frustration … ? I read this daily devotional below this morning, and I am going to be very specific in my use of the word Jesus today, this… Read More


My life is in flux—my husband and I are entering a new chapter and both of us are in the waiting mode to see where God leads us now. He is retiring from full-time teaching; I am, after a 4-month re-entry into part-time work at the Write Place, again approaching the great unknown—on what will… Read More

Colossians 1:13-14 Out of the pit

We were (still are) wallowing in the pit–repeatedly sinning with no possibility of perfection or purpose. But the beauty of it is, our God loved us enough to bring about the most glorious and important intervention. God himself (through the person of his Son) paid the penalty for the sins of any and all who… Read More

Sometimes worship resembles a pep rally

What does praise look like? I think it has many different faces, sounds, moods. No matter what style, praise always comes first. Praising first in any situation helps us to focus on the one who is in charge, who has the strength to overcome, and who loves us and shares his strength with us. Many times… Read More