Accomplishments Worth Noting

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us” Luke 1:1, NASB Don’t you love it when certain phrases pop off the pages of God’s Word? That happened to me this morning when I read Luke 1:1. I noticed how writers of long ago labored to record what was accomplished among them—not what they had accomplished. They set their hands to an awesome task: sharing what God did. Among them. I’m in love with a new verse. Perhaps this resonated […]

Drawing Near: Fresh Tenderness & Holy Wonder

“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11, NASB Abba, Father, I’ll never look at this verse quite the same—it was the truth Mary treasured and pondered on that long ago night of Jesus’ birth (Lk. 2:19). Over two thousand years later, You’ve given me new understanding of what it means for Jesus to be my Savior, Christ the Lord. Jesus is a beautiful Savior! Born to die that we might live—His life wasn’t easy or glamorous. […]

Ministry Update: Speaking Events, a Goal Met, Mission Trip, & More

Dear Readers, Oh, I’ve missed you! I’m so glad to write again and catch you up on the latest ministry news. The Lord enabled me to speak this past Saturday at the Vertical Life Ladies’ Community Christmas Dinner. I could sense the prayers of God’s people all through the day—an absolutely incredible feeling—and I’m so grateful. God’s peace truly does surpass understanding (Phil. 4:7). My message, “Born for You,” transpired into more than I anticipated, which is what happens when we study God’s Word verse […]

Ministry Update: Good News & a Good-but-Hard Lesson

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37, Nasb Dear Readers, The good news is… Plans for the Connecting with Christ Conference are in full swing. Registration is open, and I’m looking forward to the group God is gathering together. I’ve begun preparing my teaching sessions, fascinated by how God directs. His Word will fill us up as it challenges and inspires us. Deep thanks to all who are e-mailing/passing out promo materials and sharing event details on social media. To be candid, I sometimes feel inept […]

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Discovering God’s Names: Everlasting Father

“And he will be called … Everlasting Father” Isaiah 9:6, NIV   What characteristics make a Father special? He’s always there. He listens and cares. His eyes are tender toward his children. He loves well. The list could go on and on, but God fashioned each of us with different preferences, various personalities, and so on. Since we’re unique individuals, we’re drawn to a diversity of fatherly traits. The qualities you gravitate toward might not be the same ones that appeal to me. But here’s the awesome […]

Seven Questions to Ponder the Past & Prepare for the Future

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” Luke 11:9, NASB Dear Readers, I find it overwhelming to peruse the past year and set goals for the new one. Maybe that’s because I’m a detail person, which causes me to feel I must cover every aspect of the last 365 days plus those to come. So, I usually move forward without reflecting deeply and simply aim to continue on with the Lord. […]