“One thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:13 ESV My father developed an acronym based on this verse. It grew so popular that NFL teams had shirts printed with the letters, and certain MLB leagues put the letters on baseball caps. Some politicians have even quoted […]

Manic Monday

Growing up, I remember a commercial on television depicting a stressed-out housewife in her fluffy pink robe walking through a war zone of a home. The dog had tracked mud on the carpet. Dinner was burning. The children were crying, and the phone was ringing off the hook. The camera zoomed in as the frazzled […]

Here Be God

“Take courage. I am here!” Matthew 14:27 NLT The disciples were afraid. A storm had developed at the darkest part of the night while they were in the middle of a lake on a boat. Jesus came to them walking on water telling them that everything was going to be okay. He was with them. […]

A Modern Day Parable

“While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable…” Luke 8:4 The Good Samaritan. The Prodigal Son. The Good Shepherd. Jesus often taught in parables, which are earthly stories with a heavenly lesson. Many times my mom would encourage us with her own parables […]

Cowboy Christianity

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.” Matthew 4:10 NKJV I’ll never forget visiting Frontier Days with my family. Held annually in Cheyenne, Wyoming, it’s one of the oldest and largest rodeos in the world. When […]

Lean on Thee

“The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.” -Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT When my children were close to walking on their own, they leaned heavily on me for balance. They’d hold onto my arm for stability, and I would lead them. Eventually, Caroline, Daniel, and Harrison each built up confidence enough […]

The Sun’s Bully

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? -Romans 8:31 ESV The morning was overcast and dreary. In my rearview mirror, I noticed Daniel’s head tilting up toward the sky. “Mommy,” he asked, “have you ever thought how the clouds are the sun’s bullies?” “No, […]