How Does God Speak to You?

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She’s the only bride I’ve ever known to pray for rain on her wedding day. She straight up asked God that it would rain on her wedding day. It did. After 40 years of marriage, Juanita and her husband now both pray for rain. Her father died when Juanita was a little girl. It rained on the day […]

How to Tell the Difference Between God’s Voice and the Enemy’s

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I have to admit, I often get this wrong. It’s horrible. I know. I wish it were as easy as two little angels sitting on your shoulder so you’d know what you hear in the left ear isn’t God. It’s not. It’s a lot more foggy than that. One time not that many months ago […]

Singing “Oceans” Isn’t Enough

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You could tell the crowd was hungry for one specific song. “I’ve been waiting all day for this,” they whispered. “This one’s my favorite!” they shouted. The volume level in the auditorium went up a few decibels as thousands of worshippers sang “Oceans” at the top of their lungs. Personally… I held my breath. You […]

Is Prayer Like an Awkward Lunch Meeting?

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The older, wiser one of us broke the silence over our table. “I like to pray,” she said. I agreed. We weren’t asking who was going to bless the food. We were talking about how we like to connect with God. Apparently neither of us wanted to admit that we love to pray. Apparently we […]

A Small Change That Makes a Big Difference [Plus Free Stuff]


It was a rough week. Lies were masquerading as truths in my head. Hurtful videos were stuck on replay. I just couldn’t break free. So I did something I haven’t done in a year and a half. I changed the background image on my iPhone. If you’ve read Jesus Shoes, you know that my Compassion […]

The Risk I’m Afraid to Take

A receipt fell out of my bag. When I picked it up, I couldn’t help but smile—it was from Pollo Campero, Latin America’s KFC. This receipt had been buried for awhile. I examined it closer and remembered that exact purchase. Our mission team leaders had handed each of us $5, told us to go in […]

What Do You Belong To?

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Abba, I belong to You. I don’t belong to my past, my experiences, my work, my church, my friends… I belong to You.

Are You Living In Peace?

Photo by Rosan Harmens

“Peace be with you.” They’re words I’ve read a million zillion times. That’s an exact number. Yet on Easter Sunday when my pastor read the Easter story aloud to us, something about Jesus’ first words to the disciples after the Resurrection hit me in a new way. They weren’t just a greeting. They weren’t just […]

Empty Shelf Challenge–March 2016


There are a million different reasons to read. Read for pleasure. Read for work. Read to learn. Read to escape. My goal for 2016 is to read 53 books–that’s one per week and one extra. Yes, I’m a little behind. But if you add in the unreleased books entrusted to me and the ebooks I […]

Are we living like Good Friday was the end of the story?

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He has risen! He has risen indeed! Alleluia! He’s alive! Yesterday these cries were shouted in churches across the world. But what about today? The crowds have gone home. We’re back to work, back to our weekly routine, and for some their church attendance obligations are fulfilled until winter. But here’s the deal: Today’s the […]