How Can I Know?

“How can I know this will happen?” Luke 1:18 ___ I was never the kind of little girl who dreamed of her perfect wedding day. I didn’t spend years imagining that gorgeous white dress or epic cake. Don’t get me wrong – I definitely wanted to meet my Prince Charming and have our special day […]

Carrying Thoughts

“…And they forced him to carry Jesus’ cross.” Mark 15:21 NLT ___ I never really thought much about Simon of Cyrene. He’s only referenced three times in the Bible – Mark 15:21, Matt 27:32, and Luke 23:26 – all for the same reason. He was chosen randomly from the crowd and forced to carry Jesus’ […]

Stay & Watch

“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.” Mark 14:34 NLT ___ “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.”  Is it even possible to read those words without feeling their phenomenal weight? One of my favorite Bible verses used to be “Jesus […]


6 “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 ESV ___ We’re (translation: hubby and begrudging 12-year-old) removing a tree – stump and all – from our backyard this week. […]

Even If

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Mark 12:28b NLT ___ On long road trips, my parents used to let us listen to a Bible-based fictional series called Adventures in Odyssey. Every episode centers around the same core characters in a small town called Odyssey, wrestling with normal life and typical challenges that […]

But Jesus

“I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24b NLT ___ Back in my apartment days, I had a neighbor who dropped by nearly every day. The visits were so frequent and so aimless that I started thinking maybe he had some kind of crush on me. (I later found out there was no […]

Soul Company

“Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.” Mark 5:5 NIV ___ I used to believe that I could make people happy. I also used to believe that it was my fault if they weren’t happy. I used to believe that people made me […]

Feeling Frantic

“Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?” Mark 5:38b NLT ___ One of the most exciting stories I have in my personal repertoire is the birth of my youngest son, Samuel (Sammo). I save it for really boring social events or for really, really pregnant first-time Mothers. This was my second […]

First Day

“That night Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among the crowds that followed Jesus.)” Mark 2:15 NLT ___ It’s been awhile since my first day on a job. I don’t know if I’m […]


“Immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness. He was there for forty days, being tempted by Satan.” Mark 1:12 NLT ___ A couple years back, my husband told me about a book he was reading for his masters. It was called “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink. […]