Inside, Outside, Upside Down

why self-effort makes having a happy marriage more difficult

Maybe you remember the Berenstain Bears’ Inside Outside Upside Down. I know it well because I read (past tense) it to my three sons. The title describes the way many of us have been misinformed about how to have a successful marriage. Looking over my journals for the last 20+ years, I can clearly see […]

A Quick Turnaround

the beauty of repentance

How quickly and easily You can turn me around, Papa. I woke up this morning wondering how I could make it through today. Then I thanked You for the Beautiful Dream You gave to me. And the Amazing Possibilities You have shown me for my life. I mean AMAZING! And my mood lifted instantly. You, […]

God's Goodness leads to repentance

Change Your Prayers

change your life

Christians pray. Not as often as they could. Probably because they haven’t received the answers they want. Nonetheless, God does answer prayers. He’s just picky about which ones. Sometimes our prayers are just our whining and complaining. About how everyone else is making our life miserable. Our words are too often filled with negativity and […]

Open My Eyes

to see what You are doing in the earth

I know that you are Good. Keep me from distractions. Help me see where You are in all circumstances. To look for Your Majesty in all things. I long for the fulfillment of Your promises to us. And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s […]

If You Win the Lottery …

prepare for surprising change

I have never bought a lottery ticket. But I know folks who buy them every week. They’re hoping it will be their Big Break. No doubt you’ve heard stories about Lottery Winners. And most of them end up back where they began, no matter how much they won. Why is that? The short answer is […]

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