Jesus breathed His last breath, and the enemy stole the disciples’ hope. The enemy does that still. He sneaks up from behind and rips the breath from our lungs. The randomness to these attacks and the resulting suffering sharpens the blade, fulfilling John 16:33, “In this world you will have tribulation . . .” Yet […]
When faced with danger or terror, our hearts pound. Sweat beads on our foreheads. Our breaths come faster and grow shallow. We react to implied threats in a millisecond, and we either tense up to fight or turn around and flee. These threats can be physical dangers or be of a more subtle flavour like […]
Psalm 130:5-6, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and I wait for His word. My soul waits in hope for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; yes, more than the watchmen for the morning.” A desire for newness isn’t new. I’ve often resolved to change the chorus and tempo of […]
Lord, cause my children’s actions to reflect the true state of their hearts so that I know how to pray for them. Lord, open their eyes to their need for You. Cause them to grieve their sin and lead them to repentance. Lord, do whatever is necessary to save them. Lord, give me patience and […]
A wise friend told my husband, “We can’t be doing the ministry in such a way that it ruins God’s ministry in and to us. So, changes are needed and sometimes large changes. Our calling is first to Christ, then to our wife, then to our children. Our church can always find another pastor, but […]
“I feel angry all the time.” He hung his head. His hands pressed against his forehead. My strong, dependable, even-tempered husband began to cry.
If I could go back twenty years to when my husband and I stood on the precipice of ministry in that tiny four-corner village, what would I say my young and naïve heart? To that small-town pastor’s wife, You feel unsure. The big fish in your little pond have loud voices. Stay strong, sweet sister. […]