Tag Archives: self-sufficiency

November 09, 2016

Last summer I read Craig Groeschel’s book The Christian Atheist. For 12 chapters Groeschel examines the symptoms of those who say they believe in God, but act like He doesn’t exist. For example, they believe in Christ but won’t forgive, pursue happiness at any cost, […]

November 08, 2016

There have been seasons in my life, as perhaps there have been in yours, when I have tried to carry the weight of life alone. During one of these seasons, the Lord began to minister to me about trusting Him rather than living like a […]

December 08, 2015

Last summer, while I pondered the problem of depending on ourselves more than we depend on Christ, I scribbled the following notes in my journal. I hope they are an encouragement to you and a reminder that God uses ordinary people just like you. Self-sufficiency is the […]

December 01, 2015

There are times when most of us have felt incompetent in our relationships and with those to whom we minister. We bumble over what to say and when to say it. We doubt that we are making a difference. And, if we’re feeling insecure, we […]

November 11, 2015

The moments I sense God’s presence often come in unexpected ways but the time I most often hear His still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12; John 10:27) is when I am face down on the floor at home. There is something about pulling away from […]

October 27, 2015

Every person on planet earth has felt shame. The successful business owner. The man with the boat, the woman who lives in the cardboard box. The author. The school teacher. The preacher. Everyone has come face-to-face with shame. Here’s why. Revelation 12:10 says that Satan […]

October 23, 2015

In 2013, as part of a project with iDisciple, I attended She Speaks in Concord, North Carolina where over 800 women showed up carrying their luggage and fragile dreams. The conference, produced by Proverbs 31 Ministries, is designed to help writers and speakers maximize their […]

August 27, 2015

Humans have an innate and deep desire to know they are fulfilling their purpose. This is why there are a plethora of books on the market dedicated to helping people understand why they are here. There are times during a trip to Barnes and Noble […]

August 05, 2015

I’m not from the South, but while I lived there, I learned a few new idioms, including “That dog will hunt!” which means,  “That will do the trick” or “That will work.” Well, I recently shared three posts, 12 Thoughts on Navigating the Valleys of […]

July 03, 2015

When God called me to write, I knew if I wanted to be effective for Him, I had to write out of my relationship with Christ. And, what could be better than marrying my passion for words with my passion for Jesus? Sadly, after a […]

May 12, 2015

When I was a junior in high school, my cousin Barbi and I drove home together following cheerleading practice. One day as we rambled along a country road toward her home, Barbi sponta­neously and enthusiastically shouted, “Hey! Let’s trade places!” When she started climbing on […]

April 21, 2015

  When I taught middle school in Texas, Lori was one of my special education students. She had a contagious personality and a beautiful spirit—and when she was thrilled about something, her brown, curly hair shook, jived, and jiggled like something out of a 1970s […]

April 17, 2015

Because life can be so busy, there are days when I want to take a vacation from my cell phone, e-mail, and all the other technology that sometimes feels like it controls our daily lives. But the great news is that no matter how complicated […]

March 27, 2015

Note: You can also listen to today’s post in audio. My first kiss was a disaster. His name was Kurt and I asked Mom if he could come over to play. The big day arrived and my kindergarten beau and I were having a fantabulous […]

February 11, 2015

Seven years ago during a season when I was working too much, and depending on God too little, the Lord reminded me there is a connection between striving and trusting. I thought work was my problem. . .I had so much to do! But work wasn’t my […]


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