forgiveness

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 […]

Read

Not long ago, I ran across this five-year-old Jewish kid sporting grass-stained denim carpenter’s overalls and a grape juice moustache. All I really need to know about how to live I learned from Jesus in kindergarten. Wisdom is not at the top of a mountain But on the playground In a pile of wood chips […]

Read

“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 […]

Read

Nikes primed on my feet, knee bent to the ground, the sole of my foot pressed against the starting block, I spread my fingers onto the coarse track. The starting pistol punctures the morning air with an explosive boom! In the race of life, I wish I could say that I’m so amazing, running with Jesus, […]

Read

I like to give people a word of comfort and counsel. Exodus 19:5 says that we are God’s peculiar treasures. That means that He never wastes pain. Never. He calls forward the treasure in us, and that means that sometimes He uses something painful that has happened in our past, so we can turn around […]

Read

Want to win a transformative book about how to become the impassioned leader Christ created you to be? A brilliant book like that comes along about once every lifetime. The 7 primary spheres, or Mountains of influence in our culture have been cultivated and prayed for and enriched: Faith, Business, Government, Education, Media, Arts & […]

Read

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. I thought I kicked them to the curb years ago. But it looks like the Huey, Dewey, and Louie of the kingdom of darkness are still kickin’ it. Grrr! Do you second-guess yourself as often as I do? Easter Sunday, Emily and I went to Ben’s church, Beaverton Foursquare Church, to see […]

Read

In Jesus is a wonderful, reckless, irrational love. Do I deserve it? No. Do I want more of it? Yes. How about you? Allow your soul to soak in the cadence of this song about an unearned, never-ending, reckless God-love that leaves the 99 to pursue you.This is my new favorite song! Reckless Love by Cory […]

Read

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 […]

Read

When you’re beat up with a sense of inferiority, offense, or shame, where do you turn? I felt validated and encouraged by a few authentic Jesus-loving leaders from my church, Bethesda, who spoke from the heart  at a women’s conference called Reign on March 3. Down-to-earth (pictured left to right) Bree Keel, Libby Louman, Andrea Nelson, […]

Read