A Dream That Won’t Die

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10, NASB Dear Friend, I recently found myself in an unpleasant place—an unwelcome place I’ve dwelt before. Perhaps you’ll recognize the name of it: Comparison. Somehow its claws sunk into me. Looking at other writers and potential writers, my mind filled with insecurities and doubts. I didn’t even […]

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. […]

Drawing Near: Desires of a Mother’s Heart

photo credit: Morton Family 4 by Amanda via photopin (license)   “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4, NASB   Loving Father, Thoughts of my children fill my heart as I consider what to pray. Worldliness beckons all around, boldly declaring its “worth.” Evil circles, stalking my children like an animal pursuing prey. Options to live for self abound in our narcissistic society. Yet You are there. As my children navigate their way through life, You are there. As […]

Drawing Near: Prayer for Our Leaders

photo credit: eflon via photopin (license)   “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Nasb   Almighty […]

Drawing Near: What I Know

photo credit: Hope via photopin (license)   “Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty.” Psalm 104:1, Nasb   Father in heaven, There’s so much about You that I don’t know. But I do know this: You are faithful, wise, and compassionate. Holy. Holy. Holy. You’re merciful, majestic, magnificent, and mighty. You. Are. Love. You’re light and life—eternal and gracious. You are forgiving and patient … full of joy and tenderhearted. You’re just and […]