Stay Connected to the Vine.

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” John 15:4 (NIV) The morning after my husband drove my youngest daughter back to college, I used the time alone to do some deep cleaning in the bedroom she’d occupied since March, no […]

Squeezing Water From Rocks.

He opened the rock and water gushed out; like a river, it flowed in the desert. Psalm 105:41 (NIV) Recently I’ve struggled with particular aspects of my current manuscript. What I originally believed was a solid beginning started to feel “off” somehow, the vision for going from beginning to end suddenly unclear. Doubt nagged like […]

In Praise of God’s Slowness.

God is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand  slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. II Peter 3:9 (NIV) Y’all, help me out here. I can’t possibly be the only one who, when reheating something in the microwave, gives the handle an impatient […]

When the Light Will Be the Brightest.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12 (NIV) The other day I received a text from a friend. In it, she shared an update on one of her young adult children who’s continued to struggle with […]

I Pray You Catch What I Have.

All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing. Colossians 1:6 (NIV) Just the phrase ‘all over the world’ and my mind goes right to the continued spread of COVID-19 and uprisings and divisions on multiple levels throughout the world. There’s growth all right. It’s just not the growth I’d like to see. […]