A Hard Week

A Hard Week

Last week we were made painfully aware of the suffering of two individuals who, tragically, took their own lives, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I am not going to pretend to wax eloquent about this. I am simply saddened by the apparent hopelessness and...
Prayer as Conversation

Prayer as Conversation

I’m always grateful for Dallas Willard’s insight that a relationship with God is interactive. We can think of prayer as conversation. Prayer is being with God. It involves listening and speaking. It is a dialogue. A little practice that sometimes helps me enter into...
Psalm 105: Finding Strength in Glory

Psalm 105: Finding Strength in Glory

Ps 105:3-4 NIV, “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” The name of Jesus is a name that shines. It carries weight. It is full of glory . It always helps me to remember that...
Very Married

Very Married

My husband, Alan, and I are very married. In fact, in two days we will celebrate our 33rd anniversary. I first laid eyes on Alan when I was 17 years old. It was the summer of 1981, and I was sitting in the back row of seats for an evening service at church. My cousin...
Lived Grace: Follow the Leader

Lived Grace: Follow the Leader

Many years ago, when I worked for The Leadership Institute, I was arranging an event over the phone with a venue. I told the representative the name of our organization and he immediately asked, “Oh, are you a leader?” I was surprised by the question. It felt so...
Working With God: Water Into Wine

Working With God: Water Into Wine

Lately, I’ve been making my way slowly through the gospel of John in the mornings. Rather than racing to finish reading it, I’ve been taking the unhurried route, reading until something catches my attention, speaks to my heart or seems nourishing to me. It’s one...