At the Halfway Mark, Some Thoughts on Lent

We will celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in less than three weeks. Halfway through Lent, I’m pondering what the Lenten season means to me, and revisiting an experience from two years ago that turned around my thinking on the tradition of “giving up” for Lent. Reflecting on that experience helped me see that maybe it’s not what …

‘God Still Speaks to Us Today’: Write for 31 Days

 My “God-Spot” for Day 30 of Writing for 31 Days is my dear friend Betsy Tacchella. Betsy and I are of the same generation and sisters in Christ. She is a wonderful speaker, mentor, author and an inspiration to so many. She recently published her second book, “Speak to Me, Lord, I’m Listening.” It is a …

Selah Worship: Writing for 31 Days

One of my favorite authors is Madeleine L’Engle. I enjoyed sharing “A Wrinkle in Time” and her other fantasies with my children, but I especially love her non-fiction. Recently, while reading in “A Circle of Quiet” (Book One of The Crosswick Journals), I found mention of the Italian composer Palestrina. Naturally, I was curious, so …

Living an Easter Sunday Life: On “To Do” Lists and Brokeness

My “Things To Do” list for this week is long, and there’s some important stuff on there. But this morning, my head is filled with another list that speaks to me of Eternity. We’re stepping into that painful climb to Gilgotha. It’s the Holy Week. Christ has been heralded as King. Soon He’ll be tortured …

What Is God Calling You To? And Will You Say Yes?

Theologian and philosopher Dietrich Bonhoeffer famously said “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Bonhoeffer was referring to Christ’s call to a surrendered life…..to a life given over to following Him. But can’t we also know that the call will come while we are on the path….while we follow, head down, …

When Cancer Enters Your Landscape

My friend sat at her daughter’s bedside, holding her hand, whispering prayers as the daughter lay in the Intensive Care Unit. This young, single mother had just barely survived an automobile crash. The man she hoped to build a life with did not. Healing — of heart and body — have taken many prayers. For …