Two Faces of Fear

We know fear from infancy. Our earliest fear may be fear of abandonment. Later we may fear failure or disappointing someone we love. We sometimes fear for our safety or the safety of others. We fear for our health. We fear for our financial well-being. We fear for our futures. 

Fear is real, and fear is natural. And we have a natural (more…)

Becoming an Empty Nester

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.—Psalm 127:4

In the early days of motherhood, it’s hard to imagine when you’ll ever again find time for yourself. But then your kids begin to grow up. They develop friends of their own, hobbies of their own, jobs of their own and lives of their own. Before you (more…)

Last Words

Over the past four years, I have lost many loved ones. Those losses—along with a recent 40-year high school reunion that reminds me of my advancing age—often lead me to think about the reality of death. Lord willing, I have another 30 years or so on this earth. But that means most of my life is behind me. That is sobering, (more…)

Back from Alaska

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over Me . . . —John 14:30

I recently returned from my fifth trip serving with GraceWorks Alaska, one of the most worthwhile ministries I know. So many have cheerfully asked, “How was Alaska?” I have struggled to find words.

A few days (more…)

The Power of the Cross

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.—1 Corinthians 1:18

As I was leaving the grocery store, a new bagger asked if she could carry out my groceries. I said yes, as I usually do, knowing it would give me an opportunity to begin (more…)