Keeping faith through the sorrows of life

I don’t like it when people describe winning or losing a battle with cancer. As passionate as I am about the power of healing prayer, I think the real battle is whether or not we will persevere in faith through trials like cancer, whether we’re cured or not. This week, a seven-year-old little boy in […]

Spiritual Journey: When you’re stuck in heavy emotions

When pain comes crashing down on you like a giant boulder obstructing your path. When it won’t budge no matter how hard you push and you’re exhausted from trying to find a way around it. When your strength fails and all you want to do is move forward, but you’re completely trapped – lean against […]

Encouragement! To share your gifts

What if a storm cloud refused to rain? Would it stay dark forever? How heavy would it get? How many flowers would miss their chance to bloom, waiting for water that never fell?   What if you refuse to share your heart with the world? Will it feel dark forever? How heavy will it get? […]

Deeper Life: Gratitude for unanswered prayers

While my head was bowed in despair from grief, under the cover of darkness- God lifted me into the journey of a lifetime. Across a vast, deep canyon, through still waters He carried me into greater beauty- wisdom and authenticity. I was blind, but now safely on the other side, I see. I wanted life to be […]

Deeper Life: Keeping hope in hard times

Sometimes we’re like dry earth cracking, parched and waiting for rain to fall from the skies- we can’t make it happen. All we can do is ache and hang on, gazing up to the heavens- praying for better days. I’m here to encourage you: the deluge will come at the perfect time- just don’t give […]

Making glory out of grief

Oh gluttonous grief, you don’t scare me. I know your heaviness is just a woolly blanket that can’t suffocate the essential part of me. I’ll sleep through the sadness and prickly heat as long as it takes. Then at the first True Light opportunity, I’ll cast you off to rise and shine brighter than I ever thought […]

Prayer After Loss of Father

God, please uplift those who are grieving the loss of their father today. Help them capture favorite memories of him. Crystalize his most distinctive characteristics in their minds. Help them to experience the essence of who He is in their hearts, so they realize that He will always be with them in a spiritual way. Quickly bring healing […]

How can we experience heaven on earth

The gift of noticing God in our daily lives

Earth’s crammed with heaven… But only he who sees, takes off his shoes. ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh When’s the last time you reflected on the very best moments of your life? For my Theology of Spirituality graduate studies, I’m reading a memoir called “A Severe Mercy” by Sheldon Vanauken. I know. It sounds like […]

for anyone who is grieving the loss of an infant

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”Psalm 34:18 “To weep is to make less the depth of grief.” ― William Shakespeare God, You know the hearts that are breaking right now. We can only imagine the shock of going from a state of love and positive expectation of life to experiencing the sudden loss of a beloved child. What can we do to […]