Unlimited Skips.

Lay hold of My words with all your heart…Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Proverbs 4:4-5 If I become distracted by the environment when I’m writing, I morph into one of those anti-socials who insert ear plugs and tune out.  The message is clear: Do not disturb. For […]

Through and Through.

May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. I Thessalonians 5:23a (NIV) We just received word that my nephew’s PET scan following several months of chemotherapy is clear. Along with this married, father of three children, we are all happy dancing around here like Snoopy in Charlie Brown’s Christmas play, praising […]

Treasures of Darkness.

I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel Who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3 No one puts on their Christmas list: Give me darkness. I really, really desire more darkness. But, for me, spiritual maturity […]

But Mary…

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 How do we find solitude in the midst of what easily becomes a hectic Christmas season? Hush frenzied thoughts? Incline hearts and minds to the voice of God?  And fight with William Wallace-worthy fervor for silent and holy moments? Consider […]

Later On: The Flip Side of Discipline.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 It’s that little part that reads, “Later on…” that gets me. Those two words rile my sin nature, makes me want to shake my fist, […]