The Great Masquerade

I have worn the mask many times. The pasted on smile, the nice Christian answers to the question “how are you doing”, raising your hands in worship even though all you want to do is run out of the building. Growing up in the church, I learned early on to keep my mask...

Train Up a Child or is He Training Me?

The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Ken and I work hard to “train up” our boys. But, sometimes I wonder who is training whom? God has used my children to train me. I’ve learned a lot...

Why Set Boundaries?

There was a study done a few years ago where a teacher took her students to a playground that didn’t have any type of enclosed fence. In this setting, the students tended to huddle around the teacher and didn’t play much in the park. Then, the same students were taken...

My Ebenezer

The last several weeks have been hard for me. I have been stressed and overwhelmed. And at the peak of that struggle I had a choice. I could choose to fall apart and sink into depression (a choice I’ve made before) or I could choose something different. Having...

Who Controls My Anger?

Our nation saw violence erupt again this week.  A news reporter and her cameraman were gunned down on live TV.  It’s shockingly sad.  I have heard the question asked – what has gone wrong in our nation that violence is on the rise?  Has a spirit of violence descended...

An Abundant Life

Growing up in church I’ve often heard about how Jesus came to give us abundant life. He came so that we might have life to the full. And yet there have been so many times, even just in recent years that I have felt like my life was anything but abundant. I have...