Safety in the Eye of the Storm

Photo credit: Mark Ryman “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:8 When my daughter was around a year, every time we drove to my sister’s house she...

Giving the gift of peace

Christmas.   A time of reflection, a time for joy, and time for peace on earth. Yet those things seem to rarely be at the forefront of our holiday season. Instead, it’s a time of rushing, cleaning, present-wrapping, and sometimes cussing. Somehow “peace on earth...

God Sees Our Best Selves

In my last post, I talked about being afraid that Jesus wasn’t enough.  I’d better be good enough, try hard enough, do enough service, just in case Jesus wasn’t enough. But in reality, we can’t have it both ways, either Jesus is enough or he isn’t.  There is no middle...

The good kind of fear

I don’t know if it is appropriate to be jealous of someone else’s life verse, but growing up my dad had verses for each of his four kids framed that hung on the wall in our living room.  My verse was, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools...

When we’re satisfied with lesser lovers

Fear is something I’ve been holding on to – fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of not being right, fear of leading someone down a wrong path. Fear has been such a constant companion my entire life that when I’m not afraid, I think there is something wrong, like...