How the Bible Wakes Me Up

May 17th, 2019


It’s grey and rainy this morning. The wind is moving through the trees outside my kitchen window as the branches bend to the right and to the left. Even though I went to bed early last night, every part of me wants to curl back up and sleep a little more. With hot tea in hand, I begin reading, determined to stay awake and see... Read more

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According to, Americans spend about 37 billion hours each year waiting in line. This doesn’t count the hours we spend waiting in the doctor’s office or any other kind of office where we’re at the mercy of someone else’s schedule. This also doesn’t count the hours we spend stuck in traffic or waiting for a movie to begin at a theater or waiting for... Read more

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Have you ever started something and eventually wanted to quit? It’s not that I want to stop reading the Bible. It’s just that I’ve reached a tough place in blogging through its pages. So much of the Old Testament is depressing. I don’t like the way women are treated. I don’t like the constant mention of war. I don’t like the way family members turn... Read more

“In the spring when kings march out to war……..David remained in Jerusalem.” II Sam. 11:1 He had to know. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And good rarely happens in these moments. So why does the Bible include this story? God chose David, and the Bible calls him, “a man after God’s own heart,” yet we find him here, sending all... Read more

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Pages turn in my Bible just as they do in the life of David. Battles are fought. And battles are won. At the same time, kindness is extended to enemies. Some, like Mephibosheth, accept the invitation to eat at the king’s table; while others, like the Ammonites under the rule of Hanun, question motives and reject the kindness sent their way. All the while, pages... Read more

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When God Says, “No”

May 7th, 2019


“When the king had settled into his palace and the Lord had given him rest on every side from his enemies, the king said to the prophet Nathan,  “Look, I am living in a cedar house while the ark of God sits inside tent curtains.” David’s entire journey to becoming king had been filled with war. He had literally fought for his title all along... Read more



Thanks to King Hiram of Tyre David finally has a royal place to live. Scripture says that after the palace was complete, David finally “knew” God had established him as King of Israel. I wonder how many times he looked from a window of this new home to the fields in the distance and reflected on his years as a shepherd? After years of running for... Read more

Being anointed doesn’t always mean you’re loved, and David learned the hard way that becoming king would take much more than the words, “God chose me.” The entire first half of First Samuel tells of David’s attempts to run from Saul, who wanted him dead……… not crowned. Even after Saul’s life ends, David finds himself in great danger. His very own son, Absalom, tries to... Read more