The Strange Ways of God

Chaos reigns in our country and our world. We close our doors, pull the shades, and cloister inside. But we find no refuge there, because the troubles outside our doors are compounded by the troubles inside.

God’s people search for answers but they don’t come easily. External evidence suggests that God is not working: • we can’t see him doing anything • we don’t notice any change from our fervent prayers • circumstances …

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Five-week virtual Bible study—no homework!

For the first time ever, my summer Bible study is going ONLINE. The downside is not getting to be with women in person. The upside is being able to invite women from all over the country to JOIN IN.

I will be teaching 5 EPIC PRAYERS from the Bible: Solomon’s prayer (1 Kings 8:22-54); Jehoshaphat’s prayer (2 Chronicles 20:1-30); Jesus’ prayer at Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46); Agur’s prayer (Proverbs 30:7-9); Paul’s prayers for the Ephesians …

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Covid-19 Weariness

Are you feeling a bit weary? Me too. 

I have no pressing hardships to complain about. My routine has changed very little (I’ve always had a home office). But I’m having trouble focusing. I’m easily distracted—sometimes for hours. My mind keeps drifting to an unsettled place—questions with no answers, hypotheticals that seem unthinkable, no place to run or hide.

I remind myself of the truth that I teach others: you cannot erase negative thoughts—you must replace them. 

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Best-case scenario

Never in my lifetime have I witnessed the world so focused on one thing—Covid-19. I feel compelled to write something, but I’m not going to tell you to wash your hands. Rather give me a few minutes (700 words) and I will give you a best-case scenario that comes in two parts. 

Part 1: Humankind has been humbled. We have been proud and arrogant in our human achievements. Our saturation with knowledge and endless options …

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Happy New Decade

 

January 1, 2020

A new year infuses me with hope: a new beginning, a fresh start, and positive feelings of adventures and opportunities that await. A new decade, on the other hand, sobers me with a profound sense of accountability. Time is a gift with an unknown expiration date. By the time this next decade is over, I will be in my mid-seventies (Whaaaat???). No matter your age, these ten years will be …

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