When Should We Give Thanks?


It seems counterintuitive to give thanks when by all appearances there’s nothing to give thanks for. Why express gratitude when the relationship is severed, the fires have not abated, or your bank account is overdrawn. Yet, thanksgiving is a form of worship. When we give thanks, we acknowledge God for who He is and what He has done. We offer our thanksgiving whether we feel like it or not. The writers of the scriptures provided plentiful reasons to express our gratitude. Continue reading “When Should We Give Thanks?”

3 Books that Changed My Prayer Life


If you ask any follower of Jesus, mature or new, most would say their prayer life could be improved. We all have this desire to draw closer to God, and prayer is the means of this communion.

This past week my husband and I spent time in Florida helping my mother-in-law clean out her Florida residence. Continue reading “3 Books that Changed My Prayer Life”

Are our prayers just platitudes?


Last week actor Chris Pratt tweeted about film director Kevin Smith and ended up with a thread of caustic tweets on the topic of prayer. I have to be honest. I did not know who Smith was so I did a Google search. He had suffered a massive heart attack, and Pratt suffered massive backlash for his tweet. Continue reading “Are our prayers just platitudes?”

When you’re waiting on God


‘Tis the season to wait. My family and I already waited in a long line at a Christmas Tree farm. At the mall on Black Friday, I ended up waiting in a line of three, but it might as well have been 13.

I know I should be patient and loving, Continue reading “When you’re waiting on God”

A sacred encounter in an unremarkable place


My husband and I just returned from a dream trip to Italy. Sandwiched between our visits to Florence and Rome we took a train to the Cinque Terre towns bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Rising early the next morning to beat the crowds, Continue reading “A sacred encounter in an unremarkable place”

When Desires Stay Unfulfilled


In my last post, I looked at God’s delight in his people and how we in turn delight in Him. But a question came up when I alluded to Psalm 37:4:

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart (ESV).

What do we do with this verse when our desires go unfulfilled? Is God not faithful to his word? Continue reading “When Desires Stay Unfulfilled”