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The Only Part of Waiting We Control

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... 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



The Secret to Not Fearing Evil

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... Read more

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When You’re In A Pit….With A Lion…..On A Snowy Day

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... Read more

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Because I Need a Gatekeeper Too

Two hundred and twelve Levites were chosen to guard the temple. As gatekeepers, they monitored who entered the temple and who left it, protecting it at night and opening it every morning. From the north, south, east, and west, the temple was secure. ____________________________ It’s Monday morning, the sun is already brightly shining outside my... Read more

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Why Genealogies Matter

Genealogies are tedious to read. I stumble over the letters of each name, trying to get them right phonetically, but eventually find myself moving more and more quickly through each new verse. Am I really taking time to read these lists, or am I merely skimming through them so I can make it to the... Read more

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How to Have Enough Strength for Today

I check the forecast. Should I wear long sleeves or short? Should I carry an umbrella or will it be okay to leave it hanging on the hook in my laundry room? Getting a peek at the weather helps me feel a little more confident as I prepare for the day. But some things about... Read more