Showing posts from July, 2013

Sovereign Intervention

It was truly a glorious day. The sun was shining. There was a nice breeze. I was up early and headed down the road about an hour's drive for a work-related appointment. The whole way there just felt "right." I was singing, worshiping, praying...just enjoying the lush green scenery (compliments of all the recent rain) and having my own little worship service right there in the mini van. Yes, you read that right. I said mini van.

I was driving the company car - which I affectionately call the "Chicken Mini." One look at the van and there is no guessing where I work. Sad to say, there was no cow and no actual chicken on board.

It was a blessed morning. I was visiting a company-sponsored summer camp with more than 300 first through sixth graders. I can honestly say it was a blast. You know when you have those encounters with other believers - whom you've never even met - and it just turns into a spiritual shot in the arm? Yeah, that was this experience.

Which i…

Putting Up A Fight

It seems that life can be going along just perfectly when --- WHACK! Out of nowhere a spiritual attack smacks you in the face. It comes without warning and it packs a punch with a vengeance. In my experience, the best way for the Enemy to leave you in a state of defeat is to convince you of the very thing you pray you're not. Or to confront you with the very thing you seek to avoid. He'll hit you alright. Right where it hurts.

It's like looking into one of those distorted mirrors at the carnival. Even though you know the misshapen, contorted image is not really how you look or who you are, the reflection is so convincing that it's easy to be tricked into believing it might really be you..

"Get thee behind me, Satan!" If I ball my hands into fists and put my arms up in a fighting position, do you think it will help ward him off?! Surely he's not afraid of me. If he was, he wouldn't be throwing such fierce darts my direction.

"In the name of Jesus.…

I Do

"And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord." Hosea 2:19-20

There's no way I can possibly catch up on the last two weeks. Every time I sit down to blog, I honestly become overwhelmed and - albeit shocking - I can't come up with words adequate to truly share. Everyone keeps commenting about the joy and emotion that was seen, felt and witnessed that day. Dry eyes there were not. And there's a lot of good reasons for the tears of joy that were shed.

"What God has joined together..." Truly, there are no words to describe how the Author of this love story has penned it all. "Don't compare your love story to those you watch in movies. They're written by scriptwriters, yours is written by God." No mistaking it.

We often laugh about the ways our paths might have been crossing for years withou…


The kids were enthralled with each other. They were busying themselves with whatever they could get themselves into and not paying attention at all to me, my sister or my mom.

We were busy, too. Only our business was about a wedding dress.

Suddenly my 2-year-old niece stopped dead in her tracks, pointed her little finger up at me, stared with wide-eyed amazement and a twinkle in her eyes and asked "What doing?"

I smiled and replied, "Trying on my wedding dress."

With excitement and wonder she exclaimed, "You look like 'Rella," which is 2-year-old speak for 'Cinderella.' It's her favorite movie, but more than that it's every girl's dream.

Just a few days later a curly-haired 5-year-old girl asked me, "Will you look like a princess?" I nodded in affirmation.

I think we are born with it. It's deep within our hearts. It's the desire we have to be beautiful, cherished, adored, noticed. What I've come to understand …