Heart disease is the Number One Killer in this nation.  Is it any wonder?  Words are clues.  Clues to the heart. “… for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”  (Luke 6:45) I have heard a lot of “I statements” lately.  Statements that come out of one heart… I wish…  I want…  I long…  I ache…  I take…  I wound…  I hate…  I hide…  I flee…  I can’t… I won’t… I dare not. … or another heart… I kneel…  I know… I submit…  I follow…  I come…  I care…  I serve…  I heal…  I protect…  I can…  I must…  I will. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me… Read more »

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We were sitting by a big lake.  The wind was blowing; so much so, there were actually waves hitting the beach. I had never seen waves at this particular beach before… so I knew it must be significant.  It reminded me of something a teenage girl said recently within my hearing.  You spoke something to her heart and she immediately knew it was true: “No matter what you have done, My blood has wiped your “slate” clean… like waves on a beach.” How will it be true today, Lord?  For the one who sits with me by this lake… whose “slate” also needs to be wiped clean? I was praying, but You suddenly had… Read more »

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Wow, Lord.  How is it possible?  Sometimes Your still small whisper comes in the middle of the loudest and most exuberant praise music. Like this morning, when I decided to visit a different church for worship.  The praise music was captivating.  It wasn’t long before I felt swept away from the cares of the world and swept into the cares of Your heart.  That’s when Your whisper filled my senses, and You took me to a particular passage of Scripture: “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!  This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones:  I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”… Read more »

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Risking everything.  Trying as hard as possible to succeed against great odds. Apparently, this expression was first coined as the motto of a World War II Japanese-American military unit.  Funny how that military context brings into sharp focus the urgency of certain lifestyle choices and their potential consequences.  Is it ever as “simple” as kill or be killed? You have called us — Your chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12) — to a different kind of battlefield… haven’t You, Lord? We are at war only because of those who so viciously oppose You.  At war with enemies You have called us to love. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and… Read more »

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Sometimes You are way ahead of me, Lord. “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”  (Isaiah 65:24) I know the context of this Word is after Your return to Earth, Lord… when You create the New Heaven and the New Earth and come to rule as King of kings.  Even so, I have experienced this many times already, so I know it is true! But sometimes, Lord, You are in no hurry at all… even when I am. I must confess, I like it when it seems that You rush to finish my sentences or answer a prayer before I have even spoken it…. Read more »

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Sometimes, Lord, You are not content to just whisper to me.  Sometimes, Your messages overwhelm my senses with 3-D Technicolor and Sensurround!!! Like today.  I was sitting on our front porch with a precious sister-in-Christ.  She had come to talk with me about significant burdens — not just her own personally, but the burdens she feels for Your Church. We spoke about so much, Lord… The urgency of the hour.  The increase in Your enemy’s activities in our day.  The deterioration of our culture.  The compromises in Your Church.  The responsibility of pastors You have called to shepherd Your flock.  The “bulls eye” they each wear — how the enemy has targeted them for attack…. Read more »

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I have been feeling like a “placeholder,” Lord.  Not in general… but in one particular, priceless arena. I was asked to step into a space that was supposed to be held by another.  Another who had stepped away unexpectedly, for one or a million reasons.  Another who was supposed to step back in… but who hasn’t, yet. It wasn’t until this morning that I realized a profound Truth:  In Your Kingdom, we are never “just” placeholders… are we, Lord? “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  (Ephesians 2:10) We are at war, and the dynamics of war… Read more »

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Oh, Abba… I am a puddle of tears! I don’t hang out much on Facebook.  But tonight, after just a few minutes of “surfing” through the latest “news stories,” I had a vision of The Future. What I saw was a video of surprise reunions.  Service men and women being reunited with their children. Soldier dads showing up at their children’s schools or ball games.  In unexpected places.  At unexpected times.  Children whose initial shock and shyness transformed into running across rooms into the loving arms of their fathers.  Scooped up into strong, warm embraces.  Embraces of the “I love you so much!” and “We’ll never be apart again!” kind…. Read more »

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Oh, Abba… Tonight, You had me do something unexpected — something I needed more than I realized.  You had me look back four years… to the days when You first birthed this journal.  Your reason for this, I later discovered, was far more important than just giving me a trip down Memory Lane. The journal entry quoted below was written in April 2011.  I was recovering from my first real surgery ever — a double mastectomy, due to recently discovered and extremely aggressive breast cancer.  I was undergoing additional testing in preparation for my next round of treatment — a regimen of extremely aggressive chemo, scheduled to begin in another week. “Yesterday was a… Read more »

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How beautifully — and persistently — You “woo” us, Lord! It’s amazing to think that You, Lord — the Almighty Creator of the universe — would be lovesick for us, the objects of Your affection.  How does the One who spoke into being hundreds of billions of galaxies, each one made up of hundreds of billions of stars, pay such careful attention to each and every one of us that You know even the number of hairs on our head? You see the most distant galaxy in all its splendor, in a universe far too vast for us to fathom.  Yet You can’t keep Your eyes off us.  Your thoughts are far… Read more »

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