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Satan’s counterfeits are many, and his mimics of true joy can feel really good. He sometimes uses pain to tempt us to move away from our relationship with the Lord, but just as often uses pleasurable substitutes: approval from other … Continue reading
I don’t like moments when my carefully orchestrated ease is threatened. I don’t like news that jars, or having to operate outside my bubble of comfort. I don’t like it when another person’s decision, or an unexpected circumstance, causes more work for me, … Continue reading
“How sweet did it suddenly seem to me to shrug off those sweet frivolities, and how glad I now was to get rid of them – I who had been loath to let them go! For it was you who … Continue reading
This past Sunday, a song I’d not thought of in months was sung in my church. Convicting and stirring, its words were ones I’d thought a lot about last year, but had moved on from in the busy rush of … Continue reading
She burst through the door that early-summer evening and sat herself on the kitchen counter next to my dish-filled sink, bubbling over with vivid details of the hydrangeas she’d seen. Effervescent with excitement, she tried to describe the deep greens … Continue reading
Eighty-ish days of slow summer-bliss come to an end this morning for most kids in my part of the world. Yellow school buses and silver mini-vans roll through clogged, first-day drop-off lines, rushing to arrive before the 8:00 a.m. bell. … Continue reading
Summer smells and sounds, summer colors and places and memories. Which, if you imagine your happiest summer moment, come to mind? Do you dream of a cool haven tucked away in the deep green of a wooded wonderland? Do … Continue reading
“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1 No matter the promises from billboards and internet pop-ups and the hundreds of instantly-gratifying enticements the world daily offers, this stands true: As … Continue reading
Caught by my daughter’s camera lens, this kitty tiptoes along her wooden railing, peeking out from her far-away world of red poppies and tall grass. I like her cavalier air, this little feline I never met. She’s agile and confident, … Continue reading
Each year as the calendar rolls toward the end of March, I begin to think back to the news we received on that momentous day five years ago. In some ways it seems like yesterday as my mind runs back, … Continue reading
Bursting yellow blooms arriving to edge out winter’s brown landscape have, since childhood, made me happy. Each year, if forecasters predict a late winter dusting of snow, I worry over the green stalks whose eager beginnings have already peaked an … Continue reading
Her roles on the silver screen had made her an iconic sex symbol, and now, as she posed for the cameras these decades later, I recognized her as one of Hollywood’s most idolized stars. Her persona had been developed in … Continue reading
Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him? Is not thine a captured heart? Chief among ten thousand own Him, joyful choose the better part. Idols once they won thee, charmed thee, lovely things of time and sense; gilded thus … Continue reading