Please Send Chocolate…

I don’t mean to keep disappearing on you… it’s been such a crazy month summer year. I have the best of intentions. I scribble: “WRITE BLOG POST” on the top of my to-do list every day. I really want to do it — I like to do it. I just can’t seem to get to it. (Do you have something like that on your list?)

I did manage to keep up with our Virtual VBS for GrownUp Girls® — hooray! But I am now up to my eyeballs in book revisions, preparations to mark the fifteenth anniversary of my radio ministry next month (wow — how has it been that long?), wedding planning (only 4 months to go!), and starting the process of packing up my entire life to move half way across the country, after said wedding…

Send Chocolate

Wait — please don’t. I have a dress fitting in six weeks.

Anyway, I was clearing out some files and piles and boxes, and I ran across an old photo that brought back memories…

I’ve shared with you before that when I was a teenager, I was horrifically shy and paralyzed by all kinds of fear. And then I fell in love with Jesus and He set me free.

I was so very grateful, I started praying every day that He would give me opportunities to tell others what He had done for me. As I washed my hair in the morning, I’d open my hands to Him and say, “I’m available, Lord! Use me however You will, for Your kingdom and Your glory.”

I got involved in the leadership of my youth group, started teaching small groups, Sunday School classes, giving my testimony in the evening service at my local church.

And then in my senior year of high school, my speaking ministry began in earnest! For the first time, I got

What to Make of “Those” Psalms…

What to Make of Those Psalms

You know the ones I mean… The ones where the Psalmist declares his absolute innocence — proclaims himself guiltless — and denounces his enemies. The ones where he cries out for vindication and vengeance, calls down God’s wrath and judgment, revels a little raucously in his victories or sounds almost gleeful about the destruction of […]

All We Are is Dust*

... and Why That's a Good Thing!

All We Are Is Dust and Why That's a Good Thing

Have you ever had — or do you have now — a boss or a teacher or a family member that you just can’t please? No matter what you do, it’s never enough. You can’t ever seem to meet their standards or make them happy. It feels like you’re always falling short, messing up, making mistakes. […]

Can We Keep It Real?

Being Honest with God and Ourselves

Can We Keep It Real

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Where Do You Dwell?

Guest Post by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

An eagle's nest in the shelter of a mountain in the Seychelles Islands.

Today I’ve invited my dear friend Cindy — Lucinda Secrest McDowell — to share a powerful word with us… One word. In the days preceding the New Year, one word kept clamoring for my attention from surprising places – dwell. I read it in my psalm for the day “Whoever dwells in the shelter of […]

Virtual VBS Super Saturday SnackFest

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We’re spending a Summer in the Psalms together — doing our own online Bible study here, kind of like the VBS (Vacation Bible School) we did as kids! And this Saturday, it’s time to pass around the snacks… Or at least share some fun, summery, beach- and palm-themed snack ideas that you can make yourself, […]

When You Can’t Take the Heat…

Run to the Spring of Living Water

When You Can't Take the Heat

“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for You. My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 I have a magnet from First Place 4 Health on my refrigerator that reads: “It’s not in here.” It reminds me […]