Oh, You of Little Faith!

June 26, 2018S.A.P.

Ask and you shall receive. How can I doubt it?! I woke up thinking of a line from Scripture, “Oh, you of little faith!” I didn’t remember where it came from, only that it was something my mom and grandma used to say, and that it sure fit my doubt-filled frame of mind that was … Read More

Craving Spiritual Nourishment

June 2, 2018S.A.P.

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:2-3: “Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.” Application: Growing into the “full experience of salvation.” That’s a perfect explanation of Part Two … Read More

God’s Remedy to “Garbage In, Garbage Out”

May 25, 2018S.A.P.

Scripture: Philippians 4:8: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Application: When I finally started reading my devotionals for the day, I was amazed to see … Read More

Snarky Prayers: I learned it from King David

May 24, 2018S.A.P.

Scripture: Psalm 4:1: “Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” Application: Oh my! Isn’t that first sentence a little snarky?! And that’s coming directly from David’s mouth at the start of his prayer. David—the guy who is … Read More

Me & Jonah: At the End of Our Ropes

May 22, 2018S.A.P.

Scripture: Jonah 2:7: “As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple.” Application: Why is it that after all of these years, I’m still so much like Jonah? Granted, my current crises are far less dramatic than his. I’m still sitting on dry ground, … Read More

Distractions & Deviations: God’s Voice is Louder

May 19, 2018S.A.P.

For two days running, I’ve experienced something crazy. I’m reluctant to write about it, especially since this is only Day Two of my blog. You don’t know me well enough yet to determine whether it’s me or the thing that is crazy. If it weren’t so relevant to what this web site is all about, … Read More

Today is the Day

May 17, 2018S.A.P.

Scripture: John 3:5-8: “Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever … Read More

Letter to My Kids

August 3, 2014Letters

Dear Kids, I’m sitting at the kitchen table in the cabin looking out at the still fog-covered and desolately beautiful lake. It’s noon, and the day is cold and damp and cloudy—completely the opposite of what it’s been over the past two days of glorious sunshine and temperatures into the 80s. But that’s a good … Read More