July 30, 2015

There have been seasons of life when I only prayed “popcorn prayers.” I popped them up in traffic, in the shower, or as I ran out the door to work. After some petitions weren’t answered how I desperately hoped—it was easier not to ask for what I truly desired […]

July 29, 2015

Sometimes I’m not where I am. I mean, I can be doing the dishes, but I’m not really “there.” I may be eating lunch, but in my mind I’m painting the kitchen, pondering something I read in a book, rehearsing a conversation, or crafting a […]

July 28, 2015

Some life lessons come easily. They blow into our days like a tender breeze. Others come less gently—like getting run over by a steamroller. They beat us and pound us and come hard as God molds us into His image. I wish I could say […]

July 27, 2015

A few years ago I wondered about something that maybe you have wondered about too: When someone has a dream or something they want to accomplish, is it okay with God to make plans? Maybe you are familiar with two popular positions related to this […]

July 23, 2015

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 time. I don’t remember where Mom was, but while we […]

July 22, 2015

Have you noticed that sometimes love can make people act wacky? (Believe me, I’ve been there.) For example, when a young woman is smitten with a young man, she may interpret the most insignificant of her beloved’s actions as signs of mutual affection. For example, […]

July 21, 2015

Before I started writing and speaking, I spent my days teaching art to elementary school kids in Houston, Texas. My students learned about Van Gogh and Matisse, how to create crayon-resist paintings, and even how to apologize for hogging the art supplies. But then God […]

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