Welcome a God who loves to be part of the day-to-day

Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. Matthew 4:13 I visited Capernaum on an October day of bright blue skies. The sun high overhead burned the back of my neck and the top of my arms. I sought relief under the branches of…

How to best use your imagination

Call to me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known. Jeremiah 33:3 (VOICE) As a child, I would tell ghost stories. I’d hide behind the sofa with my cousin, of the same age as me, and make up vivid…

God will do a new thing

I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. Isaiah 41:18 (ESV) On a steamy July evening in Rome, my husband and I decided to walk from our hotel to the famous Trevi…

It is not what God needs to do for us, but what we can do for our King, no matter how small, uncomfortable and unpleasant it might be.

Kneeling Before the King

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:11 We visited the Vatican on a hot July day, along with thousands of tourists from all over the world who swarmed into St. Peter’s Square. As we shuffled our way down one gallery of the Vatican museum,…

When you doubt, when you fear, when you wonder if God is doing what he can to keep you safe, slip inside those strong, solid walls. Let God fight for you.

Taking refuge in the high tower

Give me movies about castles and knights set in the wilds of medieval Britain, and I am happy. Unfortunately, none of my family shares my enthusiasm. So, I rarely watch them. This summer, though, I stepped into the real world of medieval fortresses, palaces and tales of knights in shining armor. It wasn’t in Britain…

Put your effort in that which lasts forever.

Where are You Building Value?

The grass withers, the flower fades; nothing lasts except the word of our God. It will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8 (VOICE) Forlorn is the word that came to mind as we traveled in Crete. Half built houses lined the road. The lower floors had been constructed. They stood dull and lifeless—grey blocks with gaping holes…

Four ways to be wise

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. James 3:17 (NIV) We sat on roughly hewn marble slabs in the shade of a tree and out of the scorching heat before we climbed the Acropolis in Athens. Our guide made sure we had water with us. Then, she began to tell us…

We live in God, we move in God, we exist in God.

When we think no one understands

“For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 I struggled up the worn marble steps of the Acropolis in Athens in searing July heat. With each step, I reflected on the thousands of feet that had climbed this stairway before me. Not only the hundreds of tourists like myself eager to see the…

Who’s watching you?

Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. Genesis 24:12 Too old for another long journey, Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son from among his relatives back in Ur. This was no ordinary servant, but the man in charge of…

The Wonder of Where God Moves In

I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. Revelation 21:3 (MSG) As we came out of the subway station at Sham Shui Po on Hong Kong’s subway, the heat, humidity, and stench hit us….