Within the Refuge

I've been studying the idea of God as our refuge who is within us as we are within Him. It's such a mystery in Ephesians 2:6 that we are both with Christ and in Him. It's such a mystery that Christ is in us, dwelling there by the Holy Spirit ....more

As if it Meant More

I'm reminded of C.S. Lewis' description of the new Narnia in the final book of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle....more

Settled Down

I love to read the way in which frazzled and depressed King David settles himself down in Psalm 13. He feels forgotten, scared, lonely, and unseen. He feels mistreated ....more

Walking the Fence in 1982

When I was in 3rd grade, I lived on the military base in Ft. Lewis, Washington. Across the street from our house, an old fence enclosed an overgrown, grassy field ....more

Another Great Verb: Slake

I want to turn to my thirsty daughter and say, "Slake your thirst with this cold glass of lemonade." Slake: to quench or satisfy....more

Afternoon Slump

I've been thinking about the afternoon walk to combat the afternoon slump. It's the perfect solution to what wanes in me between 1:00 and 3:00 PM.A little walk, and I'm refreshed ....more

Every Time: Expect Something Powerful to Happen

I'm listening to a professor who has taught the Bible for over 35 years. He apologizes that he cannot contain himself; he's gripped with passion for God and His word. God's word thrills ....more

High and Deep

I'm back in the Rocky Mountains, and I know this truth: What's above me--the glorious expanse of it that I cannot contain within the scope of my vision--is just as marvelous as what's barely visible here beneath my feet. From this height, I remember the beauty of what grows in the Alpine Tundra. You will not notice these flowers unless you observe what you trample ....more

Tiny, Perfect

In the past 24 hours, I went to a drive-in movie, saw a very small bunny, smelled a yellow rose, ate a flavor of ice-cream called Oatmeal Cookie Dough, and met the daughter of a friend. This friend I knew years ago way before marriage and children. The sweet baby was tiny and perfect....more

Adapting to the Space

I'm taking a New Testament course from a professor in a very small space where I'm scrunched up next to him and other students. When I remark about the awkward arrangement, he says, "You've never lived overseas, have you?" He kindly says, "Something I've learned in my life is the importance of adapting to whatever space you're given."Here in my own context, I'm used to expansive space all the time. I live a wide-open kind of life, unhindered and unconstrained ....more