My husband, John, is about to have his second cataract surgery. The first one was a few weeks ago and he quickly noticed how clearly he could see (cue the music). For two years he’d been complaining that we needed a new TV because the...

Happy Independence Day! One Fourth of July when I was a little kid, my mom and dad (I’ll just throw them both under the bus) thought it would be cool to light sparklers and throw them back and forth across the yard like shooting stars. The...

I think I have inspiration overload. I think a lot of us do. And I think too much inspiration can hinder my ability—our ability— to be truly inspired. What do I mean? I mean when we’ve taken in too much inspiration it can actually become an obstacle...

Looking out the airplane window, flying into Dallas, I got the biggest lump in my throat and teared up as I watched the city in which I live come into view. Barely. I strained to see skyscrapers peeking through the thick layer of smog that...

“Don’t smile so much,” she warned me, “you’ll get wrinkles.” The woman, whose name escapes me, suggested that I relax my face muscles, draw my chin slightly downward while softly raising my eyebrows in order to bring a pleasant look to my face without actually smiling. You’re trying that...

Over the years I’ve encouraged thousands of people with the strong Truth from God’s Word—in person, in my writing and speaking, through social media, text messages, cards, and face to face. Just last week, I shared Habakkuk 3:19 with a dear friend of mine who...

One of my favorite quotes: Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. ~ Pierre...

Monday is Memorial Day, a National Day of Remembrance here in the U.S. I love that we take a day to honor and remember…after all, the Bible tells us often how easily we forget the most important things. Scripture is full of calls for remembering,...

“I’ve done it again.” Looking over my calendar this past week I didn’t see much white space—one thing was stacked on top of another with no breathing room in between. I could feel myself being squeezed. My problem: I had said “yes” to too many things...

If you know the basics of anything, you can learn just about everything. My mom taught me the basics of life—home economics, cooking, cleaning, ironing, prayer, etc—the essentials that enabled me to leave the nest and become a fully functioning, self-sufficient human being. I’m convinced that...