Category Archives: faith

Because I am an introvert—a shy introvert—I am sometimes tempted to study the Word for all the wrong reasons. You might be shocked to know that a shy introvert could take the sacred Word of God, build a monument to self with it, and dream of the “wow” moment of its unveiling. But that is what I do when I spend […]

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Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. —Psalm 143:8—

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My “quiet time” reading this week is in the last part of Luke 8. Today I’ve been thinking about the people in the country of Gerasenes. You may know the story about how Jesus was compelled to travel by boat and even press through a storm to get to the country of Gerasenes [aka Gaderenes] in […]

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a·nom·a·ly əˈnäməlē/ 1. something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected synonyms: oddity, peculiarity, abnormality, irregularity, inconsistency, incongruity, aberration, quirk, rarity I’ve been waffling—trying to logically figure out something that I have no business trying to figure out. The Lord is calling me to deep [for me] waters. For some, we are probably talking […]

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For all his outward austerity, methinks the heart of John Baptist was full of much of the lovely pink of spring and summer that one, in drawing close and taking time and effort to examine, will find emitting the sweet aroma of Christ. But some, in misjudging him, missed the deep beauty and wisdom of his introverted nature! They […]

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I’ve been challenged to consider a needed area of growth to focus on for the coming year and to think about how I will take responsibility to begin to make that more of a reality in my life: My word for the year… Things that get me in trouble: comparing my life to others—physically, spiritually, intellectually, materially believing the lie […]

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Last week I spent time considering the words found in Luke 2:1-40. You most likely know the story about Jesus staying behind at the temple when He was 12 years old and his parents’ frantic search to find Him. Where was He found? “…in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them […]

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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on […]

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In what seems to have become a tradition, Leah and I spent the day preparing for our family’s Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow. As usual, we first prepared our hearts by reading our weekly passage, Luke 1:1-25. There is SO much to hear within the words contained in those verses. It took us 2 or 3 hours to talk through […]

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