Hope

The theme for the Oregon Christian Writers Spring Conference in Eugene this year: “Unwrapping Your Bigger Story!”– How do we frame unfulfilled prophecy in terms of stewarding what God calls “imminent” when it seems like we’re going into overtime? I had unmet financial goals, and wondered when God was going to come through for my […]

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I bounced up to the podium in the conference room at last week’s Toastmasters meeting. “Get lost!” I announced. “I hope you get lost.” I launched into a story about getting lost in a corn maze at a pumpkin patch in October. I delivered the speech, leaning into lyric poetry, sure I was on a roll. “The […]

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Friend, are you wrestling with regret, guilt, or shame? Could you use a lap or two in God’s pool of irrational, irrevocable, irreversible grace? Thursday, November 29, my interview on Cheryl Thomas’ talk show God Encounters was aired and I was excited to pray for waves of Christ-love to shift atmospheres.  Watch the 30-minute YouTube […]

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“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). A couple of weekends ago, sun blazing in the blue sky overhead, my 24-year-old daughter, Emily, five-year-old grandson, Logan, his two-year-old sister, Paige, and I set out for Sauvie’s Island Pumpkin Patch to make a memory. Rosy images of […]

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Sometimes. when we get stuck on our spiritual journey, there’s unfinished business. That might come in the form of poor communication with a coworker, an unresolved conflict with a spouse, or a blocked flow with Father God.  When that flow turns into a log jam, I usually can’t hear God’s voice, because I’m stuck in […]

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Here’s a bit of fun with Co-Co, my nickname for the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Counselor, who warms you up like a cup of cocoa.   Today the Holy Spirit is highlighting the verse, “He who began a good work in you will complete it” (Phi. 1:6). Today, I’m feeling anything but complete!  I’m meeting […]

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Does the timeline of your life rolls up its sleeves and jeer, “You are sooo behind!”? Maybe it announces, “You should have made a name for yourself by now!”  Does the chiming curmudgeon clock in your heart wag a shaming finger at you, asking where you’ve been? I turned 59 last month and tried to […]

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Has a hurtful situation got you down? Today’s guest blogger, delightful Beth Vice, gives hope with her breakthrough story. <><><><><><><><><> Forgiveness is like the rings of a tree—the more we forgive, the more evidence of healthy growth in our lives. Sometimes the rings are thick, when we take advantage of God’s abundant nourishment. Sometimes the rings […]

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Flashback: A doctor at the urgent care clinic ducked into my room. “The CT scan shows blood clots in your lungs,” the doctor said quickly. “We’re transferring you to the hospital—stat.” Minutes later, I showed up at the ER and spent several days at the hospital. A year has gone by since my brush with […]

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Here are the 5 most popular blog posts that appeared in my blog this year. A “Brush With Death!  Lung Clot Trouble”   How did Jesus rescue me from the jaw-crunching crocodile of death? How do you shut out regret in your head sneering, “Shoulda coulda woulda”?     “Go Crowd Surfing!”    When you struggle […]

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