The Wind of the Holy Spirit

Even though I was born in the Northwest, and grew up in Colorado, I’ve spent my entire adult life in the Midwest. So I’ve grown accustomed to Midwestern seasons and weather. And one thing I’ve learned is that spring here is a mixed bag when it comes to weather. Every other day can shift completely from cold to warm, sunny...

Faith and Grief

Philip Yancey in his book Disappointment With God suggests that there are two types of faith when we are faced with the difficulties of life. Grief triggered by life circumstances and loss sometimes requires childlike faith, a faith that manifests in time of crisis as God feeling unusually close, giving us an almost surreal intimacy with Him as we...

The World Needs Hope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Amid the massive upheaval that the Coronavirus is causing, it can be difficult not to fall prey to the fear that is so quickly engulfing the world. But I believe this is a key time for the people of God to walk in the powerful reality of the love and peace that only God can give. While...

Why is Church Attendance Important?

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m in the church building anytime the doors are unlocked”? For many people, church attendance is fundamental to their lives each week. But in contrast, many have asked the question "Why should I go to church?" and made the choice in recent years to stop attending. Maybe it was due to a...

Priestly Parenting

For the past 20 years, I’ve been on a pursuit to find out how to raise godly children, and for good reason—I have six of them! One of the most fundamental things I’ve learned is it’s no one else’s job to raise my children, but it’s mine as their parent.  I was a youth...

To Serve or Be Served

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that...

Attitude Equals Altitude

When I was growing up, my father paid me an allowance to read books. He picked the books, and we were required to read for 30 minutes a day. My friends, however, were paid to do chores. I went to my dad one day and asked if I could get paid to do my chores as well....

Guns and Gun Control Are Not Enough

Recently we were all heartbroken with the news of yet another shooting in a place that should have been safe. For us in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, it was close to home. It was not the first time that an attack has been made on a house of worship. It doesn’t seem to be the last, nor...

Facing Transition With Grace and the Lessons Learned From It

I've been thinking about my spiritual journey lately and reminiscing about big transitions I’ve encountered in life. In one particular change ten years ago, my husband and I, along with two of our four children, moved from Oregon to Canada. Although the adventure ahead would be exciting and new, there were many people and things we were...

Do I Really Need to Take Another Test About Myself?

Taking the enneagram seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity these days. In just one week, I had several people ask, “do you know your enneagram number?” “Why, I didn’t even know I was supposed to have an enneagram number!” I replied. Not wanting to be left out of all the fun, I found an assessment recommended to me by...