What Things Do You Really Need?

    What if your belongings aren’t who you are? What if… your books your photo albums your clothes the activities on your calendar your friends your email list your phone any of the things in piles around you waiting to be put away… don’t define you? What if the only things you truly need […]

Why Prayer is the Answer — Even When You Don’t Want it to Be

Your heart lies exposed on the table between you. You’re glad you finally had a chance to share lunch — and life’s latest hard situation — with your friend. The story now told, you sit back, watch as she sips her mocha latte, and wait for your friend’s response. She sets down her cup and […]

Trust

Trust in God. Everyone says it. I say it, and I mean it. But I don’t know what it means. How can you trust when you don’t know what it means? There is a theory in psychology {yes, I trained as a psychologist; shoot me now!} that suggests we learn about the world from a […]

You’re Too Young To Get Married – Just Have Sex!

A dear friend of mine recently got engaged. She and her future husband are wonderful people, and I couldn’t be happier for them! They are each bright, hard-working, and considerate, and they love God immensely. They are also only 20 years old. They have many of the basic characteristics of adulthood, and the capacity to […]

Do I check in with God as frequently as I check my cell phone?

Each morning as I roll out of bed, my first stop, being “a woman of a certain age,” is the potty.  And more often than I’d like to admit, my second stop is my smart phone. True, I read a short devotional while I’m in the bathroom.  Too much information for polite company, I know, […]

When Organization Keeps Me from Getting Things Done

We’ve all had days when organization – or rather, the lack of organization – keeps us from getting things done.  The clutter on my counter is directly related to the clutter in my mind, and it exacerbates my brain fog.  On those days, I must take on the mess before I tackle my to-do list. […]

Grumbling Through My “Yes!” to God

I have had a number of bigger-than-usual opportunities to say “Yes!” to God recently.  (Wow!)  But after the initial “Yes, Lord!” – when the real work of obedience takes place – do I do that without grumbling?  Or do I continue to whine to myself that it is difficult?  Do I want credit for saying […]