First lesson of life: To get there, you have to go through a very narrow place. Whatever narrow places you may face, be blessed to press through to life.
Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 CEB) In December 2013, I had written all but one chapter of a book manuscript exploring Jesus’ wonderful, but seemingly impossible, invitation, “Come to me … and I will give you rest.” I knew the thrust of the final… Read more →
Smiling at the Future Series – #4. You might not know it, the way we Christians talk. But Jesus Christ says, in essence: “Even in volatile seasons, smile at the future. Laugh at the days to come.” In John 16:33 (NKJV), he said it this way: “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I… Read more →
“The narrow path with Jesus for me has been exhilarating, but also lonely and difficult,” wrote my new friend, Grace Hsiao Hanford, last New Year’s Day on her blog, incarnatethinking.org. As I read through Grace’s posts, that statement leaped out at me. What she described has been my experience too. I love to tell about the exhilaration because, typically, people don’t expect… Read more →
The last two weeks have been intense. A bomb goes boom. What do the two statements above have in common? Both are accurate, but neither conveys the impact. After two intense weeks, I’m strewn – and numb. My mind careens in every direction except the subject at hand. It refuses to make a to-do list. It runs, screaming, from thinking… Read more →
Sometimes God hides jewels for us in unlikely places. Then, he gives us a clue. The clue may be anything. It may look, sound, smell, or taste any number of ways. It may be blatant – like a bush that burns but doesn’t burn up. It may be subtle – like a song segment sandwiched among a pre-movie mishmash of… Read more →