I grew up in the Cold War. I know it looks like ancient politics now. But it was real for us. We knew the world could be destroyed by nuclear weapons. That undercurrent ran beneath daily life. Two countries with tons of nukes hated each other. I lived in one of them. It’s not that … Continue reading Ideologies? Or Just Friends?
I love reading Song of Solomon 2:10-13 any time of year but especially in the springtime. The imagery is so vivid that it literally paints a scene of God’s love and His redemption plan for us. As a writer, you may enjoy meditating on this passage and then writing a devotional, prayer, or reflections. This … Continue reading Write a Quick Reflection on Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Hey, little buddy. Guess what? Your friend Miss Karen is coming by today. She’s coming here to see you! And she’s going to help me with something. You know how we’ve been painting the walls? Well, now I have to paint above the cabinets. And I have to climb up there first and take some … Continue reading Conversation with a Pup
I heard a broadcast recently where young businessmen were talking about the pandemic. It’s the first time they’ve had to deal with disaster recovery and business continuity. I could hear the fear and uncertainty in their voices. I wished they were in front of me so I could give them hope that one day we … Continue reading After Trauma, There Is Life
Sometimes I get a glimpse of what I must look like to God. At the beginning of March (when we could still gather), I was at a friend’s house waiting for folks to arrive for church. Her little Yorkie started barking as he does whenever someone drives (or walks, jumps, crawls, or flies) onto the … Continue reading “Can’t You See?”
As a Christian writer, you have no shortage of inspiration available to you. Through prayer, Bible reading, worship, and enjoying God’s presence in nature or in Christian fellowship, not to mention looking at all the names of God, all the testimonies of what He has done, and all the needs lifted up to Him, you … Continue reading The Lectionary Companion: An Inspirational Tool for Christian Writers
A student of my Beginning Biblical Hebrew class expressed interest in praying Bible verses in Hebrew, especially from the Psalms. I asked her to choose a few verses that she would like to pray in Hebrew. Psalm 90:1 is one of these. It is noted as the beginning verse of a prayer of Moses. I … Continue reading Praying the Psalms in Biblical Hebrew: Psalm 90:1
When you are called to serve God as an intercessor, and you say “Yes” to Him, don’t be surprised where He will place you for the purposes of intercession. Intercessors are called to affect the atmosphere around them, wherever that may be. God will allow them to see and hear circumstances and strategies for the … Continue reading Where Has God Placed You as an Intercessor?
Many churches and ministries struggle to make ends meet. I know what it’s like for a ministry that lacks resources to pay the bills. And I’ve worked for a church as a full-time, unpaid staff member. Over the years I’ve spent time in prayer and in the Bible trying to understand how to live in … Continue reading Is Your Church Hurting for Money? 12 Ideas that Might Help
In 2013 I was very blessed to be teaching an eight-week course to a church women's group. The focus of our course was on the challenges of poverty in the community and the church's response. We worked through a book on poverty. To use with their reading, I printed up and gave each woman a … Continue reading Prayer for Individuals and Families Living in Poverty