Spiritual Lessons

October 21 2021

Seeking Our Extraordinary God In The Midst Of Our Ordinary Moments

Heaving a loud and frustrated sigh, I began another Google search for a helpful tutorial. Who knew learning to format this document would be as time-consuming as writing it? After a few hours of circling between internet videos and my document, I finally found the steps needed to correctly format my headings and page numbers.…

October 14 2021

How Can I Win Against Temptation When It Catches Me Unaware?

Sighing, I bit my lip and turned my face toward the window. This always happens. Just when I think I’ve finally overcome a weakness, something like this hits me. When will I ever be free of this struggle? We all have natural inclinations toward certain sins. Mine is a sharp tongue which yields harsh words.…

October 7 2021

How We Can Live Faithfully In A Fallen World

Grinning in joyful expectation, I joined the crowd and began cheering for the Medieval Jousters. Full of good-natured dramatics and artful choreography, the horses and actors performed with expert showmanship. But suddenly they introduced a startling plot twist. The evil knight powerfully defeated the noble one. And the crowd around me let out a delighted…

September 30 2021

How We Can Choose Our Words To Help, Not Hurt

“Oh, No!” The collective roar from the passengers around me grabbed my attention. Pulling out my earphones, I asked the man sitting next to me what had happened. He shrugged, “We have to get off the plane.” Imagining all kinds of horrific scenarios, I gathered my possessions and followed the others off of the plane.…

September 23 2021

How To Make A Positive Difference In This World Today

According to a recent survey, eighty-six percent of people ages thirteen to thirty-eight want to be an influencer. By definition, an influencer makes money by promoting products and services on their social media accounts. As this trend has grown, we now identify four levels of influencers based on the number of their followers: Nano Influencers…

September 9 2021

How Doubts Can Help Us Grow In Our Faith

Lord, help me believe your promises. As I prayed these words, they cut me to the heart. Shouldn’t my faith be rock solid by now? How can I have doubts? Because I grew up as an unbeliever, I tend to view any form of doubt as a betrayal of faith. But over the years I’ve…

September 2 2021

Three Powerful Reasons We Rejoice In The Midst Of Suffering

No one likes to suffer. Or at least, we don’t want to suffer unnecessarily. We’ve all heard the phrase: No pain, No gain. Although we normally associate these words with today’s exercise and fitness industries, this principle can apply to other parts of our lives.  In last week’s blog post, I shared the Apostle Paul’s…

August 26 2021

When Life Gets Hard, I Want Easy

I wish life came with its own remote control. So often in the past weeks and months, my heart has longed to “go back”. Go back to a time when life felt safe and full of hope and promise. Maybe you can relate. When life hurts, we often look back with nostalgia to easier times.…

August 5 2021

Keeping On The Side Of Truth

I still remember laughing with my young students as we read The Emperor’s New Clothes. Entertaining and engaging, this classic fairy tale from Hans Christian Anderson always pleased my young crowd. (If you are unfamiliar with the tale, you can read it here.) We couldn’t help but chuckle as the vain emperor fell for the…

July 29 2021

Can We Judge Others With Love?

Out of habit I glanced at the church’s placard as I drove home: You don’t need to judge. I’ve got it covered. God  Hmmm… nice reminder, I thought. But later that week, I realized how difficult it can be to leave judgment to God. A dear friend, one I admire and respect, decided to do…