Pouring a heart before God.

It’s about 1100 BC, give or take a few decades. In Greece, it is a time between civilizations. In China, the Shang dynasty is ending, the first of the Chinese civilizations. Rome doesn’t exist yet, as a civilization that we know. And in Israel, there is a woman named Hannah who wants a son. Her […]

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A prayer for a new week.

I make lists of things I want to write about. It’s a good practice. But it’s a barometer of my soul as well. When every idea on the list is a “how to”, I know I need to think a little about”why to.” When every idea on the list is “How sad”, I know I […]

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Captivated by fear.

(This is a rerun from 2012. Some of us still need it.) I was talking with a friend about fear I have. It was a good conversation. He helped me think it through. And I’m not going to talk with you about it. He prayed for me, asking that I wouldn’t be “captivated by fear.” I confess, […]

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coffee cup

Things to help us remember

Two coffee mugs are part of my daily life. Those mugs remind me of my two sisters. Each sister gave me a mug as a gift. (They know I love coffee.) Many times when I lift one of those mugs to my lips, I remember that sister and pray for her and her family. God […]

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On conversation with Dad.

The other day, I had this image of our daughter Hope calling our son Andrew. She says, “I need some tips on talking with Dad. Like ‘5 easy ways to get dad to do what you want’ or something.” Andrew says, “I don’t understand talking with Dad at all. Sometimes I ask for something and […]

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