Lessons learned at an Arkansas cabin: part one

  It was just supposed to be a relaxing get-away, but God spoke to my heart amidst the rugged beauty of the Ozark mountains. Last week my teen sons and I were able to sneak away for a couple days to the beautiful Buffalo National River region of Arkansas. We...

Food in the freezer and the Bible on a shelf

At the risk of sounding slightly deranged, I’m going to go ahead and say this anyway: I’ve very much enjoyed cleaning my house the past couple weeks. Before you rush over to my house to take my temperature or recommend a psychologist, let me explain. As...

When your tragedy brings your triumph

The story is told of a man stranded alone on a deserted island. As the months passed and hope of rescue faded, he managed to survive. He discovered a fresh water source, and although food was not plentiful, he found enough sustenance to keep himself alive. He...

New life in the midst of tragedy

“Do you want to hold him?” I nodded and took the newborn baby from her outstretched arms. His tiny fingers curled in sleep, his skin was feather-soft, and his breathing rose and fell peacefully. It was the first Sunday after our family had been torn apart....

Four ways to fight loneliness

I haven’t written much about my singleness, although I’ve mentioned it a few times. Part of the reason is because I haven’t felt God leading that direction, and part of it—to be honest—is because it’s just plain old hard to write...

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