September, 2016

To Dream Again

To Dream Again

For the past several years, I’ve hated being ask, “what are you doing these days?”. I experience a degree of dread when I feel the question coming. I’ve often wondered why? My life hasn’t fallen apart; everything is pretty much intact, though tough at times. I recently realized why that question causes me so much consternation. The answer came with the convergence...

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The First Time I Ever Heard God

The First Time I Ever Heard God

I was ten years old the first time I heard God speak. It was autumn, a new school year had just begun, and a new fad was spreading among my adolescent classmates. Cussing.   I was raised in a conservative Christian church where Sunday school teachers taught us the Ten Commandments. The teachers were vague about adultery, and I wasn’t concerned. They were also unclear about coveting, and I...

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Our Plans, God’s Plans

Our Plans, God’s Plans

Last week’s ideal plan didn’t translate itself into reality. Instead, life happened. While on an errand, I met a man and we talked for two hours; a friend called to say her father is dying and I went to visit him; and our water main sprung a leak, drenching the basement.   I’m traveling west for a retreat, so last week was filled with dozens of tasks to get ready. I use a planning app...

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Three Keys to The Seven Steps that Reveal The Five Secrets of Success

Three Keys to The Seven Steps that Reveal The Five Secrets of Success

I recently feel a need for action, practically (selling our house, helping a ministry I support, promoting my book) and humanly (a friend in divorce proceedings and other friends with health or financial woes). A season of doing has descended on me.   But where should I best invest myself? There is no shortage of advice. Recently, resources I used to like for their insights have transformed...

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