Monthly archive for ‘ February, 2013 ’

An Invitation

26th February 2013 | 0 Comments

I don’t know if it has struck any of my readers recently that much of what I’ve been blogging about has to do with the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives, and our response to His guidance. And there is a reason for that. I have been doing a lot of studying and meditating on […]

What Difference Does the Holy Spirit Make?

24th February 2013 | 0 Comments

I have been studying the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and what it means to keep in step with Him. The question, “What difference does God really make?” has become a running theme as I have studied.  Scripture is clear about the difference the Spirit of God makes on a spiritual level: […]

Exercise and Evidence

23rd February 2013 | 0 Comments

My sister and I are about the same height and of similar builds although she has always been about 15 pounds thinner than me, and has always eaten about 15 pounds more than me on any given day. On top of that, she rarely exercises, while I make physical activity a purposeful part of my […]

Grace and Glory

20th February 2013 | 1 Comment

“What in the world made you move up to Milwaukee?” The question was innocently asked, as it had been asked by countless other before. But this time I felt what I can only call the kindling of the Spirit within to offer an answer of unfettered, un-spun clarity. The cold truth. Not what any of […]

A Timely Reminder

18th February 2013 | 0 Comments

Friday afternoon I was reading Roman a story about the famous race car, Lightning McQueen. As the story goes, “What he wanted most was to win!” I paused, thinking a bit of discussion would improve his comprehension. (Yes I’m a teacher and can’t help myself.) So I asked him,”Is that a good thing to want […]

In Due Season

17th February 2013 | 0 Comments

Today I found myself just a bit weary. Quite bluntly put: Life is hard. No matter how much I invest, I often don’t get the outcome I am hoping for–in relationships, in hobbies, in ministry. My disappointment can cause me to question the value of what I aspire to. “Is it really worth this?” My […]

The Gracious Spirit

13th February 2013 | 0 Comments

Our family is memorizing Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” What strikes me in this verse is the adjective attached to Spirit. He is gracious. We talk a lot about the grace of God in sending Jesus.  […]


5th February 2013 | 1 Comment

This morning at 8:30 I walked into the dentist office where nearly five years ago my life took a tragic turn with one unexpected phone call. Isn’t is strange how places hold memories for us? I saw the wall that I had stared out while trying not to cry as  Joel admitted to me his […]

I Wish I Could Forget

4th February 2013 | 0 Comments

The other night an ad for the Superbowl caught my attention when the narrator asked, “Is there a day of your life that you will never forget?” My first thought was “Yes, because it’s too horrible to ever forget.” Of course that wasn’t the rhetorical response he was looking for. But the truth is, when […]

A Greater God

1st February 2013 | 0 Comments

Roman has been struggling with unreasonable and overwhelming fear at bedtime recently. He keeps asking me questions about our house catching on fire, or a bomb being in his room and going off, or someone sneaking into our house to hurt him–typical 4-year-old terrors, I suppose. Each night I explain to him that his fears […]