Recently, I met a woman on Death Row. Not the real Death Row reserved for people who have been found guilty of heinous crimes and are awaiting their execution. It was not even the “Death Row” we all experience prior to meeting You, Jesus, and embracing You as our Savior. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 6:23) This was a different kind of Death Row altogether, but lethal just the same.  The kind of Death Row where prisoners’ chains lie useless on the floor because these prisoners have already been declared innocent.  If only they would see… Read more »

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Oh, Abba… You often speak to me through the wonders of Nature You have created!  And You do it so often, it almost seems I can’t go outside anymore without feeling a heightened sense of anticipation.  What will You say today?  When You do speak like this, You never cease to amaze me.  Because You convey messages to me that are both crystal clear and deeply significant. Today was no exception. Last night, I went to sleep after a terrific storm had filled the night.  Frequent and intense lightning bolts had ushered in roars of thunder and torrential rains.  Such displays of Your raw power have been known to leave me trembling with a mixture of awe (a… Read more »

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Today, my Inspiration reached its Expiration. I feel like a bicycle tire plagued with a long, slow leak.  The lack of air had me pumping my pedals harder and harder until I couldn’t go any farther. It’s hard to get anywhere on a flat tire. The leak started last night, when I fell asleep in front of the TV.  Watching some mindless show.  Watching my mind go. The leak continued this morning when I got up late.  Too little sleep.  Not enough Rest. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  (Matthew 11:28) I skipped breakfast.  Worse still, I skipped You, Lord.  Not totally, but… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Seeking Intimacy.

A friend of mine was hoping to catch some bait minnows the other day.  He crept slowly up to the bank of a stream so as not to scare them away.  He stepped on a patch of what looked like benign wet sand, and got a rude awakening.  Suddenly, his foot sank six inches in muck that held him like wet cement.  QUICKSAND.  He managed to get his other foot on ground that was solid enough to support him as he struggled to free himself. He immediately sensed a Clear and Present Danger.  He could understand how quickly (and hopelessly) people get trapped and sucked into something they are powerless to… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Climbing Higher.

HOPE. It’s something we all need and long for.  Like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day.  Like an oasis in a desert wilderness. Like an IV in an Intensive Care Unit.  Like a Miracle in a Sea of Impossibility. I don’t know, Lord…  Sometimes, when I look too much at the world’s latest news, I wonder if HOPE isn’t playing a cynical game of “Hide & Seek.”  As if HOPE is hiding so well in our day, even it can’t remember where it can be found.642-737 dumps It’s in moments like these that You remind me, Lord — in Your ever-so-gentle, ever-so-compelling way — that whenever I… Read more »

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Sometimes, I wonder if Skippy isn’t just a little “strung out.”  Maybe a little too much napping in the catnip for her own good? I have never owned a cat before, so maybe this is something that’s totally normal — something that just comes with Cat Territory. But here’s the thing:  Skippy chases her tail with such vigor, she spins until she’s dizzy… ending up doing her fair share of what must be painful somersaults and “back flops.” What I don’t get is this:  Doesn’t she realize it’s her own tail?   She stares at the end of that tail intently, watching it move slowly and deliberately.  I can almost see… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Overflowing Joy.

I was not in a boat today, nor was I in a storm.  But I felt a little like Your disciples must have felt the time You joined them in their boat and rescued them from a storm. “What kind of Man is this?  Even the winds and the waves obey Him!”  (Matthew 8:25) I was sitting at a picnic table next to Lake Jackson.  A cloudless, beautiful Florida day.  No more than a pleasant, occasional breeze stirring the warm summer-like air… 642-732 pdf … until we prayed, and the very atmosphere around us changed. Was it the nature of the prayers being lifted to You at the time, Lord, that caused… Read more »

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I remember the first “Heart Prompting” I ever sensed was from You, Lord.  I will treasure it always. It happened in 1986.  Thirteen months before I opened my heart to You for the very first time. I was in my second (and last) year of graduate school.  I was back in my hometown after almost a decade away, where I had been able to see my mom several times a week.  This particular week was the final stretch of back-to-back exams and papers due.  I had told mom I couldn’t see her that week because of my workload.  She understood completely. One day that week, my schedule caught up with me…. Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Climbing Higher.

Today is Easter.  Obviously, Lord, we (those of us who love You) celebrated Your Resurrection today!  The Fact that You are ALIVE, now and forever!   How ironic it is that someone would ask me, today of all days, to do the one thing that is impossible for me to do.  As if this particular request was the most reasonable and intelligent request possible — what any truly “thinking” person would do.  We were analyzing some of the latest current events in the world, when this person said to me: “Tell me what your reasoning would be, leaving God and the Bible out of your thinking.” What? How could I leave… Read more »

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Why did you lead me here today, Lord?  Is it because I spent most of yesterday soaking in the terrible, wonderful Truth of Your Cross?  The place of the most horrific death ever, 2000+ years ago… now, the most beautiful symbol in the whole Universe? “He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  Just as people are destined to die once and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those… Read more »

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