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A friend was kind enough some time ago to teach me a lesson I need to never forget. She asked me an innocent question, and my response was answer enough to reveal the lesson I needed. “Is so-and-so a follower of Christ?” “So-and-so is a believer,” I responded. But that, of course, was not the question. “There is a difference…

“You have a spirit of religion,” my friends told me several years back. The night they spoke these words, my friends became my enemies and I went barreling, clumsily and greedily, clinging and holding fast like a child seeking safety into the deadly arms of religion. “I will not let you go, religion,” I might as well have said. What…

Some people have dark nights of the soul. I have had dark years of the soul. I have known such darkness at times that light did not play hide and seek with me. Light hid and never sought me, and I was enveloped in darkness so deep I was often too weary to seek light.Some people find Jesus and seem…

Please don’t stop praying. Please don’t give up interceding for the one the Lord assigned you to intercede for. Please don’t get caught up in what you see with your human eyes and hear with your human ears and fall away from petitioning God to save your loved one, to help the stranger, to forgive a nation, to have mercy…

A friend for whom I have the utmost respect recently shared with me the question, “What will you risk for God?” Quite honestly, I have never heard such a question. Faced with the question, and more importantly faced with this challenge, I decided to ponder the question. But I no more asked myself the question than I immediately knew the…

God is so cool, as one of my friends likes to say. If I only had words to describe how cool – and amazing – He truly is. Just this past week, He used four people in three parts of the country to teach me a life-saving lesson. Several nights ago, I had so much difficulty sleeping that I brought…

Gimme this. Gimme that. We’re living in the “Gimme” generation. But worse than this, we’re also living in the Gimme God Generation. How is that? When I look at myself, and I see myself in others, I see how easily we can fall prey to believing God is a Gimme God. Gimme this. Gimme that. God, gimme, gimme. Something tells…

I was born with a huge heart. No, I was born with a humongous heart. But my huge heart, once filled with love and compassion, got itself into trouble more often than not. I was sensitive, selfish, and so silly about love. What could I expect? My human heart failed like all human hearts do. No matter how much I…

The very first time I felt the presence of God was in Jamaica when I was as lost as lost can be. For minutes, I detected the presence of something supreme. I walked away. The next time I felt the presence of God was in north England when I was further lost. I felt His presence. I walked away.Oh, I…

The cover of my recently published book Slow Dance with Jesus may say “written by a woman who walked a long, hard road barefoot to get to the dance,” but I never in a million years imagined how narrow the gate would be to the life the Lord has for me. Some people think I am physically thin, particularly this…

Yesterday I did one of the hardest things I have ever done, and in my obedience to God I expected to feel awful afterward. After all, God had asked me to do something my flesh could not even fathom. But I put my flesh under subjection, chose to obey God, and was astounded to find freedom on the other side…

When my beloved dog trainer Abby Bird taught me years ago my very first obedience lesson, little did she know the faith lesson I would ultimately learn from the Lord. I showed up eagerly and innocently at my first training session with my puppy Abby (not named after the trainer, by the way), not realizing I would need a whole…

God does not just have a plan. He has a perfect plan. God does not just have random timing for His plan. He also has perfect timing for His perfect plan. We humans have our own plans. We humans have our own timing for our own plans. How much we miss when we choose our own plan over God’s plan.…

I couldn’t help but wonder this morning why Shnookles the rescue dog was lapping so happily in the murky, muddy, mediocre to say the best post-storm water puddle to satiate his thirst. Undoubtedly the temptation was tantalizing. After all, last night’s latest round of tremendous thunder boomers, coupled with four dogs’ digging endeavors over the past week or so produced…

You watch the weather to see the forecast. You want to know when the bad weather is coming. You want to be prepared. But why do you not do the same in your walk with the Lord?The Bible says: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak (Mark…

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