5 Ways Satan Works in our Wilderness

5 Ways Satan Works in our Wilderness

All within moments of each other. Thing 3 spued in the mini. Thing 4 had a diaper explosion. Thing 1 needed immediate assistance with mounds of make-up work. And Thing 2, well, in the distant hopes to keep him healthy, a full scrub-the-deck initiative had begun.

As I hauled the 5th laundry basket down the stairs, it dawned on me that something else might be going on and I literally began to laugh. You see I was about to leave to go share God’s Word with a group of women going on their leadership team retreat. The very next day.

Sometimes we can laugh, when we sense that Satan might be coming against us, but other times all we can do is cry. Continue reading

3 Ways to Help Our Kids and Ourselves Return Well to School

3 Ways to Help Our Kids and Ourselves Return Well to School

His eyes appeared crimson and glassy as my son stepped off the bus. It was his third day of First Grade at a new school and I asked him if he’d been crying. His response, “Mommy, I just got punched in the stomach by another kid.”

Silence was all I could offer as I noticed my heart sinking and my anger rising. All of the sudden that free, convenient golden transporter became a conduit of smashing my son’s spirits and another arena I couldn’t control.

What do you do when a grade, a kid, a girl, a rejection from a sports team, mean words, or anger-filled actions push their way into your child’s life crushing their spirit and making them feel alone?

How can they know who they are, hear words of encouragement, and not feel lonely in those scary moments?

How can you have peace as you release your child into a world filled with pain, disappointment, and darkness?Continue reading

When the Waves are All You See

When the Waves are All You See

The waves are lashing and high; whipping every which way. Stormy and daunting; they surround us. So dominant and frightening, that it is difficult to lift our gaze.  In the middle of a storm, we struggle to set our sights on what lay beyond.

Maybe fear or anxiety overtakes us. We may wonder if we have what is required to see things through. Maybe we don’t have the strength to get to the other side, where the peaceful seas rest. We feel reluctant but tempted to give in to tiredness and dread. And our strength is giving way.  We are desperate for a lifeline. We need help to see beyond the waves.

If we are to press through, to believe without seeing, we must lift our eyes. Above the waves. Above the stormy seas. Above our understanding.

We must look up.Continue reading

Defining Moments of Uncertainty

Defining Moments of Uncertainty

When a young married couple found themselves having a baby in a cave. A moment of uncertainty.

When a broken woman ran into the Savior King at a water well. A moment of uncertainty.

When a young boy stood up with a sling and shot to fight a giant to protect his nation. A moment of uncertainty.

In moments of uncertainty we often feel overwhelmed, unfinished, unable, and often incomplete. Uncertain moments often lead to confiscation or protection, stagnation or transformation, stifling fear or uprising courage.

The enemy likes to work in our uncertainty. He likes to paralyze us. Cause us to fear. Make us question our identity. Shake our security. Doubt our destiny. Question our dependence. He wants to tip the pendeleum his direction. He wants us to lean toward defeat and destruction. He desires we give up on ourselves and our Savior.

But when we find ourselves in a moments of uncertainty, I invite us to TIP the other way.Continue reading

Delight that Calms the Deep

Delight that Calms the Deep

Birds chirping. A child sleeping. The massage room. A placid lake. These are all very calming images. However they don’t last very long. The bird flies away. The child wakes to cry “Mommy”. The massage ends and you have to drive home in traffic. A breeze blows by and the lake becomes tumultuous.

Our scripture however paints a different picture of God’s love. His delight, however, can calm your anxious storms. “He will quiet you with his love.” (Zephaniah 3:17) Because God delights in you rather an experience or accomplishment, even in the midst of hardship you can enjoy his delight. His delight is found in his abiding presence that quiets the turmoil in your soul.Continue reading