Placing Conditions on Forgiveness, Mercy, and Relationships

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:34 (RSV)

JesusCrucifiedDuring this time of Lent and in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I feel compelled to talk about the topic of forgiveness, mercy, and relationships.  It has become exceedingly clear to me that it is a person’s ability to forgive others, accept forgiveness from others,… Continue reading

Designed to win!

Heart-Compass-LG“May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.” (Psalm 20:4, NKJV)

My heart has been gripped by a young man whose life seemed to fracture apart in an instant. Just a few weeks ago a wave crashed down on him in Hawaii, and his spine was broken. My youngest son knows his brother,… Continue reading

Holy Spirit frontier

If you try to avoid danger and risk, then you’ll lose everything. If you let go of your life and risk all for My sake, then your life will be rescued, healed, made whole and full.

When I signed up to follow Jesus, I didn’t know that I had also signed up for risk. My focus was on… Continue reading

Resurrection power in our wounds

Jesus_loves“And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” (Colossians 1:27, NLT)

It was a spectacular night for a Red Rocks concert – clear skies, temperature in the low 70s, and the lights of the city just beginning to pop out below us as we climbed steps to the outdoor amphitheater. My… Continue reading

What am I worth?

Forgiveness Your belief of your worth governs what you will receive this weekend.” This was one of the opening statements at a women’s retreat I attended last weekend, and it got my attention. Just a couple hours earlier on the drive up I had started feeling some anxiety (maybe trepidation) about the retreat. What does the Lord have in store… Continue reading

Seeing God’s thread

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I was explaining to a friend who was pregnant how, when my husband and I were first married, we had a dog named Bear who was like our baby. He went on camping trips, canoe trips, airplane trips – everywhere we went, he went (even our honeymoon). I didn’t think I could ever love anything more than that… Continue reading

How God uses disruption!

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“For your love delights me more than wine.” (Song of Solomon 1:3)

The “knowing” in my heart had been growing for a while – through the last few months of winter – that I needed to find a spiritual director again. I’ve had several in the past and have found those months to be times of huge spiritual movement, tremendous… Continue reading