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When you have the strength, but not the balance

I’m very skeptical when it comes to get-rich-quick-schemes, but a couple weeks ago, I fell for one. Hard. Okay, so it wasn’t your typical get-rich-quick-scheme. And in the end, it taught me a good lesson. But I did part with some money…. My sons and...

When God calls you, He equips you

“Miss Kim! You forgot the box! We can’t put the toys away!” I glanced up from the daycare kitchen where I had nearly finished getting lunch on the table for my ten starving children. They were right. I had indeed forgotten to get the toy bin down for...

Working together as one in Jesus

“Quick! Who’s good at shooting rubber bands? Get them to the front! We’ve only got a few minutes left!” What could God possibly teach us while racing around a sports complex, careening through a mass of over 1,000 teenagers? As it turns out,...

When success requires failure

Just when I thought I’d heard all my preacher-brother’s sermon illustrations, he told a new one in church a couple weeks ago. “Why do you think God put Philippians 4:13 in the Bible?” Jim asked us. (Being the good congregation that we are, we...

Lighthouses and shipwrecks

A couple weeks ago, I sat at our dining room table writing a devotional. As I tapped away on my laptop, I talked out loud to myself. “Don’t forget that maybe you are the lighthouse in someone else’s storm…” My oldest son chose that moment...

Trusting in the dark

There’s dark and then there’s really, really dark. The first time I experienced complete, total darkness was inside Marvel Cave, a huge cave not too far from our little town. The cave is enormous (they’ve even flown an air balloon inside it!) and...