Anti-Social Media

Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in Your ways. – Psalm 119:37

I was the final holdout in our family to get a smartphone. “I won’t be one of those people with a phone in front of my face all the time!” I insisted.

But then work demands required I maintain constant contact with clients, and I (more…)

What Is a Normal Family?

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:7

My husband came home from work one day and mentioned he had to go to my birthplace, Washington, D.C., on business for three days. Would I like to take the opportunity to go see my dad an hour outside town?

I had prayed for a chance (more…)

How to Resist Temptation

A brand-spanking-new believer wrote to me the other day to ask how she could resist temptation. My heart jumped. How remarkable that just a few minutes into her life with Christ she should be so convicted about her lifestyle! At the same time, how remarkable those who have walked with Christ for a long time don’t experience the same conviction!

Don’t get (more…)

The Sin at the Root of Our Problems

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

We have more than 200 trees and an untold number of bushes on (more…)

He Said ‘Go,’ So I Went

Sunday afternoon I returned from Anchorage after about 18 hours of travel. When I put on my sneakers yesterday, Alaska had left an imprint on their soles. It also left an imprint on my soul.

I went because Jesus said “go.” I could have said “no”: No, I’m seriously asthmatic. No, I have celiac disease. No, I’m self-employed. But as you know (more…)