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Social Media, Ecclesiastes, and Writing

There’s a lot about me I’ll never understand, but one thing I know: When big things are happening in my life, my voice gets smaller. And when life pushes forward too quickly, I tend to pull back. Lately, I’ve felt a big push on my life, and because of this, I’ve found myself pulling quietly.... Read more

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When Words Just Aren’t Enough….He Always Is

You would think I could find the right words by now; but when tragedy strikes, I’m speechless. I know too well, Words mean nothing when someone loses everything. So no matter how hard I try, there’s no stringing together of sentences that can bind what’s been broken. Life is hard. And words don’t make it... Read more

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An Open Bible Changes Everything

I love reading the Psalms. I picture David, a shepherd turned king, pouring out his heart to God through writing. I imagine other men and women through the years doing the same thing. As a writer, I love knowing the stringing together of words  has been a way of connecting with God since the beginning... Read more

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Tent-Dwelling Days Have to Go

David’s life is nearing an end, but he doesn’t stop working. He doesn’t slip into a royal recliner and say, “I’m tired.” or “I’m done.” Instead, he spends his last days organizing the tribes of Israel and gathering supplies for the building of the temple. If there’s one thing David has learned, it’s that God’s... Read more

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How the Bible Wakes Me Up

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... Read more

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The Only Part of Waiting We Control

According to www.reference.com, 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... Read more

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No String is Too Tangled for Hope

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... Read more

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Seeking God is Important…But Obeying Him is Too

“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... Read more

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Living With A Complicated Soul

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... Read more

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When God Says, “No”

“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... Read more