When You Have to Make a Decision, and You’re Scared to Death

I worked full time in order to pay for my last few years of college, taking only 1-2 classes a semester, so I had a lot of time to decide what I wanted to do "when I grew up". About a year before my long awaited graduation my church created a job that was half... Continue Reading →


3 simple ways for People of Faith to Avoid “Bad News Fatigue” {No Fear Devotional}

As part of my ongoing efforts to live life less tethered to my phone, last month I turned the notifications off on the News application on my phone.  Fringe benefit: Nearly instantly my mornings felt more peaceful. I don't want to stick my head in the ground, but I also don't want Google or Apple... Continue Reading →


On April 9, 2003 in College Station, TX I was wrapping up another year in college ministry, rerouting summer teams whose destination had to change because of the SARS epidemic in Asia. Meanwhile, wholly unbeknownst to me, in Omaha, NE many of the people who are now nearest and dearest to me were going through... Continue Reading →

One of them is: Children who sleep like the dead and have to be dragged out of bed on school days, but rise at the crack of "Hey there Chachi, it's still night time" on the weekend. Happy Sunday! Hope you got to sleep in later than I did.

Ree Reads: March Book Reviews

Well, I hit an all-time high in March. Thanks to great audio books and the 8 hour drive to and from my sister's new home in Illinois, plus several books I COULD NOT PUT DOWN, I read eleven books this month. YAY! I loved all of the non-fiction I read this month for very different... Continue Reading →

Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit {The Last Words of Jesus}

The last words, the last actions, of Jesus are a demonstration of trust. We are called to live as Jesus died, committing our spirits into the hands of our Father. Life easily lulls us into believing that if we are committed to the Lord, if we trust God, things will all work out for us... Continue Reading →

It is Finished {The Last Words of Jesus}

Jesus’ last words in the book of John are perhaps the most famous of the last words of Christ: “It is finished.” What was finished? What did Jesus come to earth to accomplish? I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of... Continue Reading →

My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? {The Last Words of Jesus}

When have you experienced darkness, a time where you felt that God was far from you? When have you felt the most abandoned?   After 3 hours of darkness, Jesus cries these words of despair, quoting Psalm 22. The Psalm continues, “Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. O my God, I cry... Continue Reading →

Woman, Behold Your Son {The Last Words of Jesus}

Sometimes it’s easier to serve the poor and be generous with strangers than it is to be kind to my own family. Is God pleased when I stand up for the oppressed, then turn around and belittle or yell at my children? Does it honor God when I bring an audience of hundreds to praise... Continue Reading →

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