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When God uses the storm to save you

“This one isn’t going to work out either. I’m so sorry, guys. Hopefully we’ll find another one soon.” Four years ago, my three sons and I lived in my little daycare while we searched for a house. The living conditions weren’t...

Too much effort; not enough power

“Sweetie, be careful! You don’t need to lean on it like that. Let me show you a better way.” One of the little girls in my daycare struggles with the liquid soap dispenser in the bathroom. For some unknown reason, she thinks she must lean on the poor...

Refusing God’s Deliverance

  There have been times in my life I’ve prayed earnestly for deliverance. Times when the days were long, the nights were longer, and the tears were unending. The situation looked hopeless, and there was nothing I could do to help myself. Then the hand of...

Jesus knows how you feel

  “Well, no one knows how I feel!” How many times have we as teachers (or parents!) seen a child hurl these words over her shoulder, and stomp off to a corner of the playground to pout? We stand there thinking, Yes, I believe you’re right. There...

Roadblocks, writer’s block, and missing socks

You’ve probably already guessed from today’s title that this isn’t going to be my usual weekly article. It’s one of those “this-is-how-my-life-is-going-and-I-hope-it-encourages-you” posts. First, let me lay out a bit of background...