What is God’s Will?

My father died slowly—nine excruciating months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. When well-meaning friends tried to comfort me with “it is God’s will,” I was furious. Surely God did not intend such torture for my father or his family. We had prayed constantly and worked for a cure with everything that Western medicine… Read More

Ephesians 3:11-13 He’s carrying me through my troubles.

When my circumstances stink, when I’m up against a wall, when I’m surrounded and the harder I try the deeper I sink, when I feel alone and abandoned, when others hurt me… God says, “Don’t be afraid; trust me. Boldly go out on the mission I laid out for you. I feel your pain–I’ve suffered… Read More

Growing good citizens

I am God—yes, I Am. I haven’t changed… Malachi 3:6 (The Message) God has given us laws to live by; we know what they are. And we know we’re going to mess up. He has a plan in place for that as well: love, grace, and mercy. His people know exactly where they stand with… Read More

Ephesians 3:9-10 Chosen

Has God chosen you for a specific task? I’m in the grandma stage of my life, so I have a lot of years and choosings to look back at. I realize that God chose me for certain tasks at different stages in my life. It was only about ten years ago that I thought, “Aha.… Read More

Blueprint for character building

A blueprint is a detailed plan. Building a house without one is risky if you want it to last for any length of time and withstand weather or natural disasters. You need to follow rules of design that build strength in all the right places so rain won’t come through the roof and strong winds… Read More

God of the Impossible

I believe in the God of the impossible–there is nothing He can’t do. Easy words to say, but they have a profound effect on how I go about living this life with all its ups and downs. The question I am asking myself today is: Does how I live reflect that belief? Bridgewood Church 6201… Read More

Procrastination prayers

There comes a moment when praying becomes a form of spiritual procrastination. It’s time to stop praying and start acting. ~Mark Batterson, in A Circle of Prayer I write this in the middle of two posts about making prayer a way of life, praying without ceasing, about God’s response to our prayers–all taken from Colossians 4:2-4. At… Read More