Early morning, I step outside to walk. I breathe deeply and feel the fresh air fill my lungs. I see the first pink and coral light of the sunrise to come. My spirit soars. All is well. God is close. Peace floods my heart. Later, I take a look at Twitter and see some dire… Continue reading The Unexpected Guests
Maybe you have observed there is a new virus going around? Maybe you've heard we have a rather tumultuous election pending? Maybe you've noticed the stock market is on a bit of a roller coaster? I'm learning to mute and disconnect regularly or the news absolutely does me in. I am unable to stop touching… Continue reading My Mama Told Me
Nine years ago today I suddenly lost a friend and colleague. I'm not the only one who lost him. His family did, his other friends did, our whole church did and a denomination as well. I still miss him of course. I noticed in my Jesus Calling book that I've read every day since that… Continue reading When Everything Shifts
On my daily walk I either go to the woods or I walk in my neighborhood. Darkness, how much time I have and the weather usually helps make the choice for me. Lately, I've been walking mostly in the neighborhood. If I'm walking in the right place at the right time, I see a ritual… Continue reading Heart Habits
Early in my ministry I had books of canned sermon illustrations. You could look up any topic and find a story, joke or charming anecdote. For example, JOY: Jesus and Moses were playing golf.... Thank God I rid myself of all those books. They were terrible. Thank God I learned real life was richer, fuller,… Continue reading joy.