Got lizards? Grab FROG

“A crazy dream, that’s all.” The Preacher sat on the edge of the bed, still shuddering. Nightmares often chase him down, robbing precious sleep. “What was it?” I wanted to know.  “Lizards. Crawling everywhere.”  A plague of lizards, it seems, overwhelming him with their noxious presence.    It seemed so …

A psalm for sad hearts

Lord, here we are again. Broken hearts all round; stars, still new, still beautiful, still shining, plunging before they’re spent. Families bleeding grief for lives lost and futures changed and nothing will be the same for anyone in that crash again – or anyone who cared for anyone in that …

Hurry up and wait!

“So it’s hurry up and wait, eh? That must be so hard!” My friend nodded, her eyes flooding. I understood why. Years earlier, she’d made a major decision about her future direction in life. When the time felt right, she prepared to move forward. She’d filled in numerous lengthy applications, …

Finding God in a year of tears

For millions around the world, for as long as our tired globe spins (and can it endure much longer before Jesus returns?) the year of 2017 will be remembered as a year of tears. Loss. Devastation. Unspeakable horror. Many of us stared at our devices recently, reading and watching the …

Are you hurting? God is near

Today some of my readers didn’t have the luxury of waking at home, surrounded by the familiar, the comfortable, the beloved. Unwanted circumstances have transferred them elsewhere, and life’s ground feels, if not shaky, at least spongy. I understand. I love waking at home. Mostly. Today, the sun’s piercing rays …

Trust God through your disease

Ten years ago the Preacher was diagnosed with West Nile Neurological Disease. Five years ago, colon cancer, stage four, followed. This summer marks the point where he will be declared officially in remission.  We’re so grateful. During the cancer journey, I wrote these words to praying friends: “Psalm 20:7 reads, …