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Scott Sauls has it right: If people get to know us, if the real truth about us is exposed, surely no one—not even God—will love or desire us. If we let our guards down, we will surely be found out, abandoned, and forgotten. THESE ARE LIES. LIES!!! There’s a song, “Known” by Tauren Wells which is […]

Principles for Success

I link to verses, authors, and artists, where possible, to cite sources. These are truths to go back to, truths that I need to hear on most days. Each idea is a blog post on its own but I purposely kept it short and to the point. Together they form a foundation to build upon, […]

Give me a strong emotion and I’ll give you a blog post. This is not one of those times. Well, maybe. I need to get stuff off my chest. This week, I’ve been elated and angry, distraught and perplexed. But there is no mystery in this truth: And if not He is still good. Did […]

Three Things

I have anxiety, worry, doubt, fear a LOT of the time. For example, I go through times where I obsess over a single interaction in my day or can’t shut my mind down to sleep because of what I anticipate for tomorrow. One thing I do that’s helpful is to leave it alone. Full stop. […]

I remember the first time I heard Zach Williams’ song, Chain Breaker. The chorus goes like this, If you’ve got pain He’s a pain taker If you feel lost He’s a way maker If you need freedom or saving He’s a prison-shaking Savior If you’ve got chains He’s a chain breaker It was within a […]

Jess Ray has a song called, “Deserve.” Her lyrics go like this I don’t treat you as you deserve You don’t treat me as I deserve I hear this as child calling out to God, regretting how she doesn’t treat her Father with appropriate reverence and awe. The second line — I kept thinking it was […]

Things won’t always be the same as they are now. I find this comforting when in a season of upheaval. For example, I used to hate driving (and don’t get me started on parking!). I started off taking the bus to work before driving on local streets. I didn’t learn to drive the freeway until […]

Repost from Easter 2013

After bouts of high winds, my goji plant seemed to be dry, dead twigs. The leaves had all blown away in the wind and there was no more sign of life. I stopped going into the backyard to check on it. When I saw it again in early February (this is a picture from Feb. […]

Comfort for the reticent

Sometimes I don’t speak up out of deference or fear. I am slow to speak because I choose to seek common ground, to understand. Or maybe it’s because I’m afraid of being misunderstood, or worse, of being understood and judged. Sometimes it’s just not the time or place. What they don’t tell you is that speaking up RENEWS your hope. […]

Lunch ideas

I haven’t blogged for a while, so maybe I’ll ease back with a food post. Need lunch ideas? Salads have endless permutations. I’ve tried Trader Joe’s Just Chicken (not a fan), grilled chicken, chicken nuggets, and breaded tenderloin breasts for protein. In the top right, I’m using leftover chicken teriyaki from a restaurant. In the […]