My Happy Place

August 11, 2018S.A.P.

I’ve been up north and mostly unplugged since July turned into August. Today the blazing red sun woke me up. I raced outside with my eyes still half shut, thinking I was waking up with the dawn. As I was snapping some pictures—pictures that never come close to capturing the glory of creation—I realized that … Read More

Some Days You Just Have To Keep Singing

July 24, 2018S.A.P.

I quit watching the news at least 10 years ago in a way that’s similar to my lifelong pattern of refusing to hop on the scale: If I don’t know, I can pretend it’s not happening. But sometimes reality gets to the point that I can’t zip my pants, or continue to ignore the state … Read More

The WHOOSH of Peace

July 12, 2018S.A.P.

It happened again, as it always does when I finally just let go…when I make a point of tuning everything else out—the mind chatter, the negative self-talk, the to-do list—and just sink into my morning quiet time with God. Sometimes there’s just nothing left to do but relax in God’s waiting arms. For me, this … Read More


July 11, 2018S.A.P.

Somehow I need to separate my SAP and my intent to blog. I’ve smooshed them together in my head by way of “killing two birds with one stone.” The result has not been good. Rather than spending free, easy-flow early mornings with God, I’m “writing.” Instead of pouring out my heart in prayer, I’m editing … Read More

Hooked on Lesser Things

June 29, 2018S.A.P.

Scripture: 2 Peter 2:19: “You are a slave to whatever controls you.” Application: Such a simple statement that packs a lot of punch with a little bit of insight and the desire to dig in to God’s meaning. “You are a slave to whatever controls you.” If I would have thought about this verse in “the … Read More

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