Tag Archives | God

Would we notice?

Consider this quote: “I think there’s a danger spiritually, for many of us, that if God packed up and left town today we might not notice until tomorrow, or worse. We have strategies and structures that can easily bypass the Holy Spirit, strategies for funding, strategic ways of prioritizing time and advancing the kingdom which […]

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More than Tortilla Soup

I marvel at God’s economy sometimes, particularly why He created me to long to write. Didn’t He know that I’ve spent a large portion of my life trying to please everyone? Didn’t He know that the word “rejection” cut deep into my sensibilities? Yes He did. And through this weird cycle of excruciation and elation, […]

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I’ll be wrapped around your finger

I wasn’t crying before Johnnie handed me the gift. I was afterwards. Johnnie and Nelson sat behind us at church in Texas. It was one of our last services there before embarking to France. We turned to hug them, to say goodbye, and Johnnie said, “Hold out your hand.” She twisted something off her finger. […]

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

The thought hit me today as I was ironing. I was listening to a song (it helps me pass the ironing time) about following God through green pastures and dark disasters and praising Him in the midst of both. About His worthiness no matter what I experience here on earth. Then I realized it. He […]

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Defining Moments of Mothering

Like all mothers, I have struggled with feeling inadequate. Sometimes the struggle for me has been titanic. I’ve let the worries absorb me like the waves of an icy sea. But the Lord saw fit to send me many, many life preservers. One was through my friend Heidi. She visited us for a week when […]

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Narnia Near

Chewing on granola, magazine by my side, I glanced up–through the windowed doors, beyond my small garden and above my helplessly leaning bamboo fence–and saw it. The lamp post. I hadn’t noticed it before. Tall, dark, stately. In the morning light, it seemed to smile back at me, beckoning. I’ve lived in France eight months […]

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here comes the sun

We’ve had beautiful days–days that warm me right down to my frozen toes. I just want to tell Jesus thank You. Thank You for the sun. Thank You for the warmth. Thank You for my family. Thank You for the giggle of children outside my writing window. Thank You for life, that my lungs fill […]

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Jesus experienced more

I’ve been meditating on something these days. About Jesus and His amazing walk on earth. How He touched the untouched and empathized with the neglected. How He experienced frailty and anguish and the ache of being hurt by those He created. How He was often misunderstood and maligned. How He exercised utter humility, being God […]

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Un Vetement de louange au lieu d’un esprit abattu

It’s always hard leaving a place of abundance. When I landed in Dallas, I could feel the spirit of heaviness lift like a dissipating cloud under the gaze of the happy sunshine. When I landed in France, the drippy rain settled into my spirit, pelting my joy. It’s a difficult place to minister. Tonight, though, […]

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Truth and Grace Hold Hands

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth,” 78 times in Scripture, but we are desperately afraid to utter the same words. Gordon Lish said, “The secret of good writing is telling the truth.” Anne Lamott agrees. “Risk being unliked,” she said. “Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a […]

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