Tag: memory verse

I can’t believe we’re here. Last year at this time, I felt called to begin the New Year by renewing my mind.

I wanted to do that by memorizing short scriptures that would be my go-to mantras in times of trouble.

One year later, we’re at the end, Week 52.

I’ve learned some things about myself this year, like I’m terrible at memorizing.

On ... Read More

“Suppose for a moment that God began taking from us the many things for which we have failed to give thanks. Which of our limbs and faculties would be left? Would I still have my hands and my mind? And what about loved ones? If God were to take from me all those persons and things for which I have ... Read More

She’s not really going to do it, is she?

The woman in the BMW was edging closer and closer toward the front of my car.

Columbus, lunch hour, Christmas shopping chaos. It was complete gridlock and this woman was holding up 6 cars behind her as she insisted on sneaking between my car and the one in front of me in order ... Read More

I tucked in my youngest son last night with the same two questions I always ask.

Who loves you?


Who else loves you?


I always end by saying That’s right, Momma and Jesus love you! Then I walk away sort of giggling to myself, because I like the ring of that — Momma and Jesus love you. It sounds like a country western ... Read More

I was driving by myself yesterday when a song came on that I love. I listen to it before I speak. It’s part of my “pre-game” ritual. When I remember who I am in God and how much He loves me, it’s easier to stand on a stage and help others remember.

When I lose my way,

And I forget my name

Remind ... Read More

Sometimes I wish I could spend more time, money and energy on myself and less on others.

Selfish? Yep.

True? Absolutely.

I bet I’m not alone. I bet there are times when you want to say, “Sorry, God, find someone else today. I’m busy.”

Only we’re not busy. The truth is, sometimes we just don’t feel like doing the right thing.

We talk a lot ... Read More

The last time I prepared to head out on a speaking road trip, a beautiful thing happened in my bedroom.

(Hmmm… maybe I should rephrase that. Nah. Stick with me, you’ll see where I’m going soon enough.)

Two things have to happen before I’m ready to give a presentation:

  1. I have to get quiet enough to prepare the message.
  2. I have to figure out ... Read More

I don’t know if I’m allowed to do what I’m about to do. I don’t know if it’s okay to take just a few words from the Bible and highlight them, but that’s what’s about to happen.

I just finished a bible study about the prodigal son. That’s the story about the son who asks his dad for an early inheritance ... Read More

What if the way we see people behaving in the Bible long ago is a message about how we are supposed to behave today?

Not all of it is good, of course, so you can’t just open to a page and say, “There! See? It’s in the Bible. I’m gonna do that!”

You might just find yourself like Kind David, on a ... Read More

I was sitting in my mini-van when I had this huge idea over-take my heart. Go give her money.

“Her” was the young mom in the shiny gold bikini I had just met at our community pool. The “money” I was being told to give away was mine, and although I didn’t know exactly what I was going to spend it ... Read More